Superstar Thanksgiving Wines

Finding a wine fit for your feast.


Turkey is the obvious superstar of Thanksgiving, and every November, food magazines silently compete for the grandest turkey picture.

Sadly, the talented and more impressive actors, like the chestnut stuffing or orange-glazed sweet potatoes, are pushed to the side, overpowered by a fat turkey leg or decorative table shrubbery with free-flowing ribbon. And somewhere in this 'perfect' photograph, between the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and table wreath, is a glass of wine.

Yes, Thanksgiving is when the diets stop and it's cool to plump-up stuffing with foie gras and sausage, fight for the dark meat and smother it with mom’s gravy, or eat homemade pies while watching football. But it's not just a family tradition, it's also a gastronomic celebration—a blowout—fit for drinking champagne, uncorking a decade-old anniversary bottle of wine, or trading memories with a close friend in the comfort of an old Rioja.

Here are a few recommendations for making your Thanksgiving a blowout and making wine one of the superstars... 

 

Wine: Champagne, Cuvée Prestige

Grape: 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir

Producer: Paul Déthune

Location: Ambonnay, Champagne, France

Year: NV

Thanksgiving Character: Freshly Baked Bread, Toasted Almonds

 

Wine: Saint-Aubin, La Chatenière 

Grape: Chardonnay

Producer: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Location: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Year: 2007

Thanksgiving Character: Hazelnuts, Lemon Curd

 

Wine: Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumes

Grape: Chardonnay

Producer: Jean-Marc Pillot

Location: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Year: 2006

Thanksgiving Character: Roasted Chestnuts, Nutmeg, Melting Butter

 

Wine: Rioja Reserva, Viña Ardanza

Grape: Tempranillo and Garnacha

Producer: La Rioja Alta

Location: Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain

Year: 2000

Thanksgiving Character: Dried Cranberries, Rosemary, Smoky Cigars

 

Wine: Saint-Joseph

Grape: Syrah

Producer: Nicolas Perrin (Nicolas Jaboulet, Perrin Frères)

Location: Northern Rhône, France

Year: 2007

Thanksgiving Character: Blackberry, Fennel Seed, Sausage

For more turkey talk, visit The Daily Meal's Guide to Thanksgiving!


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