Thanksgiving is next week and the holidays continue moving through! It's a very exciting and busy time. So your favorite pocket sommelier is back in action. I've got 25 wines all categorized for you for Thanksgiving.
As you'll note, there are some categories that have more recs than others, that's because those are the wines BEST for the holiday. Enjoy my list, I hope this helps you with your holiday shopping!
1. NV Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut- $14.99
Delicious Prosecco is a great way to go this holiday season because it is bubbly and refreshing with just enough sugar to pair with anything on the table.
2. NV Mionetto Prosecco Brut– $11.99
Another delicious and widely available Prosecco that will be a nice way to start off the evening. Also a great Prosecco if you wish to make a Prosecco based cocktail like Aperol Spritz or a Cranberry spritz.
3. 2020 Carboniste Gomes Vineyard Sparkling Albariño Extra Brut- $24.99
One of my new favorite sparkling wines. An unusual variety to make sparkling, but this Albariño is exceptional. This will pair nicely with your salads and stuffing as well as veggies and turkey. Give this a try with the corn bread too!
4. NV Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose- $20.99
Crémant is Champagne's lesser known brother. But being so close to the Champagne region, this Alsacian pinot noir based brut rosé is a real treat. This is an excellent wine with soft bubbles and a lot of personality. Pair this with your poultry and cranberry sauce.
5. 2014 Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique Brut Rose- $24.99
MCC (Methode Cap Classique) wines are in my opinion--easily--some of the most underrate wines. Incredible vineyards cover the valleys of South African wine country and the wines they produce are stunning and delicious. This brut rosé has a lot of bright fruit notes, bolder bubbles, but a very inviting presence. A great selection for your meal this year.
6. NV Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose- $24.99
Schramsberg is an everlasting gem in the Sonoma Valley. This delicious Brut rosé is classic with fine bubbles, beautiful floral and fruit forward aromatics and a nice crisp finish.
7. NV Filipa Pato 3B Rosé Baga Espumante- $18
A unique and fun wine to bring to the table this Rosé of Baga is dark and luscious. An excellent addition the table--think "dryer Lambrusco." A perfect pair with both your white and dark meats without forgetting veggies and stuffing.
1. 2019 Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay- $17
Classic example of Sonoma Chardonnay this Chalk Hill Estate chardonnay has a hint of creaminess and is quite textured without failing to show a crisp flavor on the end. An excellent wine to help transition between gravy and vegetables.
2. 2020 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages - $14.99
Simple and elegant this wine is slightly less round than the other chardonnay above which makes it a solid pairing with and it may be a little more approachable to those "anti-chardonnay" family members you might have. These Burgundian wines, when picked early enough are crisp and bright-- your Sauvignon Blanc-only family members may not even realize there's a difference.
3. 2019 Margerum M5 White - $22.99
This Rhone blend is a really widely available and very delicious blend of Marsanne, Roussane, and Viogner. The bright floral notes and weighted palate will make an excellent pair with your sweet potatoes, gravy and mac n' cheese!
4. 2018 Hugel Classic Pinot Gris - $23.99
Usually I'd say Pinot Gris may be too pithy for a Thanksgiving table, but when made in Alsace it takes a different form. This wine has beautiful notes of golden delicious apples, meyer lemons, lime candy and honey suckle. A perfect wine for appetizers like cheese plates and mini quiches.
5. 2018 Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Clos le Vigneau - $23.99
If you want to try something a little different, go with an off dry wine! This Vouvray is sure to be a hit! Sparkling apple cider, brioche and a hint of lemon come off this delicious wine. A very fall-friendly flavor profile to match your entire Thanksgiving table.
1. 2019 Pressley Vineyards Rosé- $18
This delicious rosé is fruit forward and bright, but very approachable. Enjoy this with all aspects of your meal. It's simply, food-friendly! And a small producer...we LOVE to support family owned small brands.
2. 2020 Post and Vine Rosé of Carignan- $18
Rebekah Wineburg, winemaker of Quintessa and Illumination has started her own winery, Post and Vine. She makes delicious red and rosé wines that are terroir driven. This old vine Carignane presents itself quite differently and much softer in Contra Costa. Don't know about y'all but I'd follow her to the ends of the world looking for good wine. And she makes it for only $18! Again, support direct and local!
3. 2020 The Palm by Whispering Angel Rose - $14.99
Easy to find in any supermarket, this wine is very approachable and simply delicious. I've never been disappointed by this wine. In fact, I've got two bottles in my cellar right now.
4. 2019 Meiomi Rose - $16.99
Meiomi is known for their Pinot Noir, but their rosé is quite a looker as well. Rosé of Pinot Noir is soft and plush, not overtly fruit forward, but also not too dry. A great wine that would pair nicely with anything on the table.
5. 2020 Matua Rose - $12.99
If you like a little zing in your rosé, this tasty crisp beauty is for you. Rosé of Pinot Noir from the southern island of New Zealand. You can't go wrong with this wine. Expressing bright fruit notes paired with a racing acidity that will nicely break a part your meal as you're consuming all those potatoes, and high in sugar and fat foods! It's definitely a palate cleansing rosé.
6. 2020 Josh Cellars Rosé- $10.99
One of my favorite recommendations, not just because my boyfriend's name is Josh...although it is his favorite rosé. This is a great bang for your buck. It's soft, it's elegant, and it's delicious for $11. There's not many $11 wines that taste this good at $11.