Wine for Thanksgiving: Critics’ Tips

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Brine or no brine? Roast or deep fry? Mashed or whipped potatoes? Brussels sprouts or green beans? Homemade stuffing or the good stuff in a bag? How many pies to bake? Assigned seats at the table or a free for all?  Forget worrying about all of that stuff.  It’s time to focus on what’s really important – finding the right wines to go with the big Thanksgiving meal.

Every year we find ourselves asking the same question – what wine should I serve at Thanksgiving dinner? But just as Thanksgiving comes and goes every year, so too does the never-ending annual barrage of wine pairing advice.

So, if you’re having trouble deciding what wine to serve at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, here’s a big long list of tips and advice from various wine critics and writers to help get you through the day.


The New York Times’ Eric Asimov weighs in with the top picks from his annual Thanksgiving wine tasting, along with a few helpful tips to ease the stress of picking wines for the meal. Crisp and refreshing Burgundies and slightly sweet and acidic Oregon wines topped the list for whites. Fresh and fruity Bordeaux-style blends and lighter bodied zinfandel with lower alcohol levels and came out on top for the reds.

Food and Wine magazine included a several different items on picking wines for the big meal, including a great selection of bargain syrahs (I’d drink a Bonny Doon syrah any day of the week). A useful Top 10 list covered several affordable whites, reds, and even rosé; and Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV fame, weighed in with a few of his personal picks as well.

Washington Post wine writer David McIntyre’s Thanksgiving picks run the gamut with Argentinian sparkling wine, a white blend from Arizona (a winery backed by Maynard James Keenan, of the band Tool), mourvedre, apple wine, and American rieslings. Another McIntyre article covers a variety of sparkling wines to get you through the holiday season.

Serious Eats put in some overtime this year with their Thanksgiving wine picks. Start here for general wine picking tips. Looking for tips on a certain type of wine? They’ve got plenty of picks for bubbly, chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, pinot noir, zinfandel, and even more red wines.

Epicurious has selection of five wines along with pairing suggestions for various Thanksgiving side dishes.

Good Wine Under $20 has 20 Thanksgiving friendly wines for under $20. Value is key when trying to please a big crowd at Thanksgiving.


Wine not your thing? Well, you’re in luck. Both the Times and Serious Eats have recommendations for hard ciders to serve at you table.

Still not your thing? Just want a good beer? Serious Eats has your back again with a few craft beer picks. And the Huffington Post has a selection of 6 beers to consider as well.


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