14 Great Bottles Of Wine To Serve At Thanksgiving
From full-bodied reds to bubbly rosés!
In order to survive the holidays, namely ones where cooking and extended family members are involved, wine is required. Doctors should be doling out pinot noir prescriptions—use for: maintaining sanity; side effects may include hangovers. But since they don’t (ugh), we’ve rounded up the best bottles for Thanksgiving.
If you typically go for white or rosé but feel like it’s only right to sip on red in the fall, this is the tipple for you. It’s light-bodied and goes well with turkey, cranberry sauce, and roasted veggies.
Thanksgiving foods are heavy, so even crisp, sparkling whites need a little body to stand up to them. This bottle has it.
Dark meat lovers will find a friend in Zinfandel, which is bold, rich, and often a bit higher in alcohol content than other varieties. This one clocks in at 14.5% ABV.
With flavors like wild flowers, mountain herbs, and fresh red fruit, this robust Garnacha will not only pair well with your whole Thanksgiving plate, it will imitate it.
Winos think of Sancerre as the most elevated form of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s crisp, dry, and a good alternative to everyone’s go-to, Chardonnay, which is often too buttery for a rich Thanksgiving meal.
It’s often said that Barbera is Italy’s most food-friendly red wine. This bottle shines with roasted poultry and can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Pinot Noir is like the cousin that keeps the peace: It just puts everyone at ease. Sip on one of the best with this one; it has notes of plum and dark berry.
Only close-minded people say rosé is just a summer drink. This bottle is bubbly, rich, and robust, so it holds up to hearty meals—like, say, turkey with 20 sides.
For those forever channeling Ina Garten, listen up: This bottle is her favorite to serve at Thanksgiving because it’s light and perfect with turkey.
The lush flavor of this wine brings out the spice in carne asada and ribs but also pairs perfectly with the cinnamon in your sweet potato casserole.
Sparkling reds aren’t super common but they should be, especially on Thanksgiving. This delicate wine will give you a festive vibe while also being easy to sip as you go for your second plate.
This is a mineral-forward white, and the winemakers suggest it pairs well with seafood, poultry, and white meat. So you can have it with the bird or your oyster stuffing.
This wine can stand up to all the turkey, stuffing, and buttery rolls you throw at it and still taste delicious with apple pie. Think of it as the cranberry sauce of wines: It’s bold but somehow pairs well with everything.
This versatile prosecco is big on notes of green apple, peach and lemon, making it a good companion to white meat. It’s also a good one to keep around as a light, after-dinner beverage.