Wine for Turkey Day

November 21, 2016

Our mouths are already watering with the thoughts of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole... You get it. The traditional Thanksgiving feast that graces so many tables each November. It's likely that you've already had your Turkey Day menu planned for a while, but have you figured out what to wash it down with? Wine pairing for Thanksgiving can seem like a daunting task with all of the various flavors that come together, but it can actually be simple and fun. Here are some of our suggestions: 

Bubbly Toasts

Greet your loved ones with a glass of bubbly to kick off the party. A Champagne or Prosecco will be perfect, just be sure to select a brut version as opposed to one that is too sweet.

Related: Prosecco, A Sparkling Gem


The Whites

Pinot Gris

The same grape as a Pinot Grigio, but made in the Alsatian style as opposed to Northern Italian. Spicy character and enough residual sugar to be round and fruity.


For an obviously sweet white, Riesling is the go-to. The specific flavors can range based on region, so you have some reign there.

Sauvignon Blanc

Light and crisp, Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with the heavy flavors that are typically present on a Thanksgiving table. It also has a higher acidity, aiding with digestion.


The Reds

Pinot Noir

Perhaps the most universal choice for a Thanksgiving red, a California Pinot has just the right balance of sweet fruit.


Since Thanksgiving is uniquely American, a Zin is a good American wine to pair. Zinfandel has lots of intense plummy and fruity flavors with spicy notes that pair with the harvest notes in Thanksgiving dinner.


For Dessert


A Port wine is sweet and heavy. Younger versions are fruitier, while older ports have a nuttier flavor.

Asti Spumante

Now is the time to break out the sweeter bubbly. Serve this sparkling wine well-chilled for sipping during after-dinner conversation and visiting.

At Bluegrass Beverages, we're especially thankful for our loyal customers this year. As always, if you want specific wine suggestions, please don’t hesitate to ask any of our sales associates.