What wine goes best with Thanksgiving? For what’s often a vast, extended meal with lots of different flavors, the key things to remember are to keep it light and keep it simple. This is not the best time for heavy Bordeaux and Barolos, brawny Napa Cabernets and the like. Most wine folk recommend pinot noirs and their kin for situations like this, with bright flavors that energize the palate and earthy notes that harmonize with our favorite fall dishes. May we suggest:
Bodan Roan California Pinot Noir, $15
A straightforward, easy-drinking pinot that’s sustainably grown in Lodi. French oak lets the ripe berry flavors shine through.
Other People’s Pinot is an Andre Mack production! Our neighborhood wine celeb sources from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, home to some of the finest Pinot in the U.S.A. Smooth as silk.
Domaine De Mouscaillo Pinot Noir, $27
From the foothills of the French Pyrenees, this tiny estate produces a remarkably pretty pinot with wonderful details. Organic production, picked by hand.
Serafini & Vidotto Pinot Nero, $30
Just gorgeous Pinot Noir from the Italian Alps. Mellow, warm and inviting fruit with dried herbs and tobacco notes.
And since we can’t exist on pinot alone….
Claret De Centeilles La Part des Anges, $18
An intriguing and fresh “claret” that’s more than a rosé and lighter than a red. From 100-year old vines in Southern France. Delightful chilled as an aperitif.
Valle de Lunghi Roero Arneis, $14
White wine at Thanksgiving needs to be richer and more assertive to stand up to all those sweet potatoes. This Italian varietal explodes with floral notes and orchard fruit, and makes a great alternative to Chardonnay.
Ravenna Riesling, $12
This Yakima Valley, Washington, riesling pairs well with autumn flavors -- rich stone fruits, honey, and ginger sounds great at any table. Finishes crisp and dry.
For the big finish, our spirits selection has some unique ways to end your feast:
Virgil Kaine Ginger-Infused Bourbon, $35
Sagamore Spirit Rye, $48
Antiquissima Brandy from Portugal, Aged 15 years, $47
Burmester Sotto Voce Port, $25
Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine, $25