Cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, white meat, dark meat … good grief, how on earth do you pair a wine with the myriad of flavors and textures on your Thanksgiving table? Well, the answer is that there is no perfect wine. But there are wines that work better than others.
The one rule of thumb is to avoid wines with heavy tannins. Tannins can give you that dry, bitter, astringent feeling in your mouth.
Here are my recommendations for Turkey Day wines that won’t break the bank (all cost under $20).
2007 Juve y Camps Gran Reserva Cava, Spain
There’s no better way to begin this special meal then with a toast. Cava is to Spain as champagne is to France (but a lot less expensive). This Spanish beauty has aromas of mature white peach, toasted bread and green tea with hints of lemon citrus and apricots. Equally rich and broad on the palate, these flavors continue to unfold on the palate.
2009 Andrian Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige
If you like Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, you will love this Pinot Bianco from that region. This one offers a fruity bouquet (apples and pears) and a palate impression that will remind you of Pinot Grigio, but with added minerality and structure. A terrific all-around food wine.
2010 Wolf Gewurtztraminer, Germany
This perennial Thanksgiving favorite shows off the aromatic charm of the grape with a delicious juicy texture and a delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses. The finish is delightfully fresh with just the right amount of acid.
2011 Ravines Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York
Ravines Dry Riesling is a unique and elegant expression of the brilliant Finger Lakes terroir. The bouquet of the wine is delicate with intricate aromas of white flowers and stone fruit. A lingering mineral finish is accompanied by vibrant acidity. This New York state wine is delicious.