Eat, drink, and give thanks. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, Thanksgiving is not complete without wine. While there’s so many delicious varietals, it’s hard to narrow down which selections are best for your turkey day enjoyment. We’ve put in the hard work and selected our must-have Thanksgiving food and wine pairings for this delectable celebration. Let’s dig in.


Perfect Poultry Wine Pairings

Gobble, gobble. Go big with turkey or keep it casual with roast chicken. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

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Is there anything more quintessentially Thanksgiving than turkey? Pair your bird with our 2019 Lancre Rosé. This dry Rosé is the perfect complement all things Thanksgiving, especially to complement the richness of your roasted turkey or chicken.

Side Dish Wine Pairings

Hope you brought your stretchy pants to the table. If you’re like us, Thanksgiving is all about the sides. Dig in to your turkey day dreams with the wine perfect pairing.

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This carb-o-licious side is a staple for Thanksgiving. Give your palate an adventure with our 2018 Cucharón Red Blend. It’s the perfect sip for a savory side.

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Okay, we had to throw in something green — even if it’s covered in crispy onions, creamy mushroom soup, and butter. This rich veggie dish is best complemented by a crisp full-bodied white wine companion like our 2019 Lulo Grüner Veltliner.

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It doesn’t get any butter than this—mashed potatoes that is! Eat your way to the bottom of the bowl but don’t forget the wine. A full-bodied red has what it takes to stand up to mashed potatoes. We recommend our 2019 Rayado, Cabernet Sauvignon, for a velvety pairing you won’t forget.

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The best part of Thanksgiving is that there are no rules. Yams with sugar and marshmallows? Sure! Why not? Pair this sweet and creamy side with an equally sweet wine—our 2019 Pajama Drama Malvasia Bianca. The sweet, fruity flavors from this pairing will have you going back for seconds.

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Thanksgiving’s tartness has arrived! Pair this sweet and sour side with our 2017 Small Hours, Zinfandel. The juiciness of this red will round out the tartness of the cranberries.

Sweet Pumpkin Pairings

Let’s give ‘em pumpkin to talk about. You can’t wrap up your Thanksgiving feast without pumpkin desserts. Find a little room for a sweet ending.

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Pumpkin, whipped cream, and cinnamon—we’ll take two! Wrap up your festivities with this pumpkin trifle and our Fissata Red, for a fizzy and fabulous finish.

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This is what you’ve been waiting for—Pumpkin. Pie. All your Thanksgiving pie-in-the-sky dreams are coming to fruition. Pair your pie with our 2019 Beeline, Muscat of Alexandria for a show-stopping finish to Turkey Day.

The final word on wine for the bird

Okay, so now that you know which wines were made for your Turkey Day faves, it’s time to reveal the wines that are versatile enough to cover all the bastings, er … bases. Our best picks for Thanksgiving? Choose a Petite Sirah or Cabernet Sauvignon for red lovers, and choose a Rosé or a Pecorino for white lovers. Now, take a sip to de-stress, and then prepare to impress. You got this!


Trying one of these delicious Thanksgiving food & wine pairings? Share your photos and stories with us on social! Tag us in your Thanksgiving festivities @travelingvineyard. Gobble, gobble!

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