Stock Your Cellar—Sommeliers Recommend the Best Wines to Drink at Thanksgiving

Updated 10/05/18

Around the holidays, your weekly shopping list can take a life of its own. Between gifts for family and friends, decorations, and lengthy ingredients lists to tackle your latest Thanksgiving recipe, it's easy to let things fall to the wayside. But here's one way to cross one thing off your list before the holiday rush: ordering holiday wine online ahead of time. The question remains: what kind of wine? This can be a tricky question, especially if you haven't already figured out your Thanksgiving menu yet.

 

To make your wine selection process a little easier, we asked three sommeliers to recommend their favorite wines to drink on Thanksgiving. Ranging from crisp whites to dry rosés and full-bodied reds, there's a little something for every taste—and every bottle is sommelier-approved. No matter whether you're serving a traditional turkey or a selection of seafood, you'll find the right pairing for every dish. Cross this task off your list ahead of time, these are the definitive best wines for Thanksgiving.

 

Best Wines for Thanksgiving
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Best Whites and Rosés

Marqués de Riscal 2017 Rueda White $8
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"This is classic Verdejo and with flavors of lemon zest, fresh herbs, and pineapple, and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser on the holiday table. It's a great pairing for any vegetable sides." — Sarah Howard, Regional ambassador of Ribera del Duero and Rueda

Shaya 2016 Verdejo $14
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"If you are looking for a white wine that is a little bit creamier and the perfect pairing with turkey, look no further than the Shaya Old Vines Verdejo.  Bright fruit flavors are matched with notes of baking spices and peaches." — Howard

Early Mountain 2017 Rosé $13
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"You'll be shocked at what winemaker Ben Jordan and the team at Early Mountain are doing in the tiny town of Madison in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Like all the best Virginia wines, the Early Mountain Rosé is really friendly surrounded by food. Best pairings would be sausage and oyster stuffing or any seafood dishes as well as vegetable sides." — Booth Hardy, sommelier and owner, Barrel Thief Wine Shop and Café; Virginia wines representative

Best Red Wines for Thanksgiving
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Best Reds

Dominio de Pingus 2015 PSI Ribera del Duero Tempranillo $33
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"Need a wine to impress your family and friends?  The Pingus PSI will have your guests thinking that you splurged on an expensive bottle, but they don’t need to know you found one of the best values from Ribera del Duero. This Tempranillo has velvety, full-bodied flavors of blackberries and blueberries accented by hints of spice and violets." — Howard

Château Massereau 2015 Bordeaux Supérieur $20
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"A hearty red and classic example of Bordeaux Superieur is perfect for a fall Sunday supper. Pair this with your pot roast or shepherd's pie. A meaty dish with good richness will pair nicely with this elegant and savory red." — Anthony Cailan, Beverage director of The Nolitan Hotel and The Usual NYC; Bordeaux brand ambassador

Torremoron 2016 Ribera del Duero $10
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"An unoaked Tempranillo is ready to be paired with turkey and cranberry sauce. The bright red fruit flavors are a great match for the warm, decadent flavors of traditional Thanksgiving dishes." — Howard

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