Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Modern day party hosts mix it up in amazing ways and a Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Feast is a fun and exciting option.  

From the turkey to desserts, Thanksgiving is a special time of year - a day spent in the kitchen when foodies go overboard creating the ultimate stuffing and tasty sides. When thrill seekers risk house and home to deep-fry that enormous turkey regardless of what the Allstate guru says. The holiday season; when everybody throws away diets and indulges in previously forbidden edibles.

Every kitchen chef has their own version of stuffing – sometimes it is a recipe handed down for generations or something viewed on the Internet. “If Bobby Flay can do this, so can I” is our new mantra!

The Eternal Question

No matter how skilled the chef, the question turns to what wine will be the perfect complement to this year’s Thanksgiving dishes. Tradition dictates that a host chose one red and one white wine. The white generally revolves around the turkey and stuffing. The red is often an afterthought and chosen because the host understands there will be red wine aficionados in attendance.

Given the wealth of wine choices available today, why not celebrate outside the box? Instead of the usual one red and one white, try considering something more exciting: a full-scale tasting at your Thanksgiving dinner!

Creative Pairings

Instead of two universal wines set your Thanksgiving table with five or six glasses for each guest of drinking age. Imagine; your own wine pairing dinner where your guests try different wines with different dishes to see how they complement or change the flavors of both wine and food. Pour about two ounces of wine into each glass and leave the extra bottles on the table for guests to pour additional glasses of the wines they favor.

Green Beans, Onions and Yams

For example, those green beans with the crispy onions on top go beautifully with an herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc. What about switching to a smooth, mellow Merlot? Candied yams pair nicely with a tropical fruit-laced Viognier but what does a honeyed Orange Muscat do when sipped alongside a tasty bite of marshmallow decadence infused with orange zest?

The Stuffing

And then there is the stuffing: if you like one spiked with raisins, a Zinfandel would be fun. My personal favorite stuffing uses lots of mushrooms, onions, garlic and fresh herbs – a buttery Chardonnay is a marriage made in foodie heaven here. Counoise could also be a worthy partner, one that highlights the earthy flavors without overpowering the dish with too much tannin. What would you pair with an oyster stuffing? Conventional wisdom says a white, perhaps a Pinot Grigio, however, what happens when you taste it alongside a Sangiovese?

Make it Fun!

The point here is to turn your annual Thanksgiving event into an amazing and fun wine pairing feast for everyone from the wine snob to someone recently turned 21 who is allowed to drink wine at their first family event.

Wine is subjective and no one knows where your event will go. Perhaps you will discover the “To Die For” pairing for your deep-fried turkey. Or the newbie in your group opens your mind up to drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon with dark meat turkey because the “cherry flavors” go really well with it when drenched in rich pan-juice gravy.

Perhaps the best advantage to your Wine Paired Thanksgiving Feast is how easy it is on your budget. Thanks to your Craveyon wine subscription, you can easily present multiple wines for less than one high-priced Napa Cabernet.

Wishing you and yours the very best – and wildly creative – Thanksgiving! And check back after the feast and tell us about your favorite food and wine pairings.




Cindy Lemos
Cindy Lemos


Cindy Lemos, known as the WinoGal, has a love of all things wine, especially when pairing with food and social events. Trained by Stewart Good at the esteemed Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, she continues that passion and knowledge in her writing and by executing wine parties and dinners, informative wine tasting sessions and winery tours. She's followed wine makers from vineyard to harvest to crush, then through the often intricate process of creating wine. She loves to experiment with food and has a flair for creating menus that utilize her unique blend of “Southern Comfort tweaked with a fresh, Mediterranean zest.” You can follow her adventurous wine and food odyssey on Twitter and Facebook and here at Craveyon.


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