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  • Karen Kaczmar

What wine to serve for Thanksgiving 2022?

What wine to serve for Thanksgiving? A perennial question. But, don't fret - there are many, many wines that can complement the meal. The sheer variety of dishes with their sweet and savory tastes debunk the notion of a perfect wine. Instead of searching for the absolute right bottle, think instead of the qualities you need in a wine to get you through the hours of feasting. You need something bright and fresh and lively so that your taste buds don't conk out on you or are overwhelmed with alcohol. We suggest the following selections and be sure to include both red and white.


Angels & Cowboys Red Blend Sonoma County 2019

Aromas of briar berry, blueberry pie, brown cane sugar all wrapped up with a ribbon of tasty French Oak. Juicy and plush on the palate with structured tannins and abundant flavors of blackberry, raspberry and plum.


HRW Zinfindel Napa Valley 2019

Soft aromas include floral, berry, spice and caramel candy. Light-to-medium-bodied, with a balanced palate. Flavors of currant jam, berry, bittersweet chocolate, and baking spice.


Plouzeau La Bonneliere Rive Gauche Chinon 2021

A delicious cabernet franc from the Loire Valley and a great value. It’s easygoing, full of flavor and light bodied but with enough structure to handle the panoply of Thanksgiving dishes.


Evesham Wood Pinot Noir 2021

From Willamette Valley this pinot has a pinpoint balance that spotlights spicy berry fruit, ripe and well-managed tannins and surprising length. Underlying all is a slightly sweet smokiness.


Domaine des Chers Saint-Amour 2021

A terrific Cru Beaujolais, this structured wine comes from 50-year-old vines. Dense black fruits and generous tannins have intensity and ripeness.



Willm Gewurtztraminer 2020

Fleshy peach and ripe, juicy pear on the nose get a dose of freshness from the suggestion of a spritz on the palate of this wine. It is slightly off-dry with a fresh and fruity palate.


Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc-Viognier Blend 2020

A vivid and tangy medium bodied with rich, ripe and round characteristics that broaden the flavors and lead to a lingering finish. It shows an abundance of ripe pear, apple and citrus flavors that really wake up the taste buds. A great match for Thanksgiving dinner. $14.99

Hugel Gentil 2019

A classic, elegant Alsatian white wine, a fresh and juicy white blend of Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, and a little Gewürztraminer, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat d'Alsace. Generous on the palate with ripe apple, pear, chamomile, grapey and sweet spice flavours.


Andre Neveu Sancerre Longues Fins 2020

An herb-accented style, with bracing lemon pith, thyme and chive notes backed by a minerally, tangy finish.


Ravines Dry Riesling 2018

A great combination of minerality and citrus and stone fruit flavors from the Finger Lakes. A tiny touch of residual sugar is offset by a tasty tartness.


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