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What's The Best Wine For Thanksgiving?

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What's The Best Wine For Thanksgiving?
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What's the best wine for Thanksgiving? Which style of wine pairs best with roasted turkey? Will it also go well with the luscious gravy you plan to serve? What about all the side dishes?

With our help you've probably already planned the perfect Thanksgiving menu, whether it be gluten-free or vegan or a full-on omnivore feast, and now you are wondering what wine to serve.

Are white wines better than red? Should your festive meal feature a variety of wines? Fine Dining Lovers fills you in on the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner with a little help from the folks at Wine Folly

Best Wines For Thanksgiving Dinner

Champagne

There is no doubt that any proper celebration begins with a champagne toast. Champagne is great for pairing with appetizers, especially ones that are fried, but also serves as a great palate cleanser. Possible options for bubbly wine include cava, prosecco, spumante and California sparkling wine.

Beaujolais Nouveau

The fruity, tart and tannic flavors of this young French wine are ideal for a succulent turkey and will balance out flavors in the gravy. Learn more about Beaujolais Nouveau.

Pinot Noir

This light-bodied wine enhances the flavor of white and dark turkey meat. It has a great acidity that balances the richness of mashed potatoes and fruitiness of cranberry sauce. 

Sauvignon Blanc

What should you serve with side dishes such as green bean casserole or Brussels sprouts? The mineral components of a Sauvignon Blanc will perfectly balance these dishes and other recipes featuring dark green vegetables.

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