Thanksgiving wine pairings

Turkey breast and red beets on a white plate with bottle of Riesling and glass with Riesling.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. One of the most festive food days of the year and you’ll want to be prepared with the right Thanksgiving wine pairings. We’ll take a look at which of the 7 noble grapes will be your best bet.

Whether you’re sticking with traditional turkey or changing it up with ham, duck, or Cornish hens, we’ve got some great wine pairings that will carry you through the day.


Roasted Turkey Wine Pairings

The good thing with turkey is that you can pair a range of wine with it. This means you can please the white wine lovers and the red wine lovers.  

  • Dry Riesling
  • Chardonnay
    • Look for one with light oak like the Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay or no oak like a French Chablis.
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot


Glazed Ham Wine Pairings

A roasted ham with a brown sugar glaze will have that nice sweet and salty taste. Again you can please both white wine and red wine lovers.


Duck Wine Pairings

Duck is very fatty meat, which means it pairs really well with a heavier more tannic red wine. That dry tannin will wash down the fat and create a nice flavor balance for the meal.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bordeaux
    • Consider a Bordeaux from either the right or left bank. They are a blend of Merlot and Cab.


Cornish Hen Wine Pairings

The Cornish hen is the perfect sized poultry for each dinner guest. Just think, each guest can have a breast, leg and thigh. Not a bad approach to Thanksgiving.

  • Chardonnay
    • Oaked or unoaked would pair well with this bird.
  • Pinot Noir

These 7 noble grapes really are versatile and can work across the spectrum of food. Try out some of the Thanksgiving wine pairings and see which ones you and your guests like the best.

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