With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, there is no better time to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu and selecting wines to complement the feast. Historically, the week before Thanksgiving is a great time to buy wine as many wine merchants run specials on preferred wines.
The big question – which wine or wines to go with the variety of tastes, textures and aromas that uniquely present themselves on Thanksgiving Day? The choice is entirely up to you, but we here at wines.com completely recommend the following seven wines!
Staete Landt 2005 Pinot Noir from New Zealand will tell you there is a certain magic in a proper Pinot that is just not in other red wines. This is a full-bodied wine with an elegant tannin structure and a lingering finish. Staete Landt Pinot expresses magic; it can retail for around $25; here it’s markedly less at $19.89. For us this wine is pretty close to the Holy Grail, a great affordable Pinot. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom inspired flavors surround the fruit features of the wine and tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.
Or how about Jean-Luc Colombo Chateaun-du-Pape Les Bartavelles 2005? This red wine is forward, ripe and easy, with lots of grape, plum and cherry fruit backed by notes of sweet toast and spice. It has nice juicy acidity frames the finish, while a hint of grilled herb checks in at the very end. We are currently offering this wine at $24.89 and free shipping!
You can’t miss this wine from down under! Longwood McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006 is immensely rich with surface layers of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel blend more readily with its blackberry core. It is regularly priced at $29 dollars a bottle but here at wines.com it is only $17.89 and has no shipping fee. The prevalent peppery notes of Shiraz will partner well with the herb-infused stuffing and both the white and dark turkey meat.
Another great Thanksgiving red wine is Chateau Dassault St. Emilion Grand Cru 2003 from Bordeaux, France. It has complex aromas of blackberry, smoke and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This wine is regularly priced at $55/bottle but is only $27 on wines.com. Currently on sale, with 6 packs and cases being brought to you with Free Shipping, until the end of November.
Not interested in red wine? Try some of our favorite white wines! Silvarado Chardonnay Carneros Vineburg 2005 offers light floral, perfumed aromas, with delicate vanilla, green apple, citrus and spice. Wines.com is currently offering this white, zesty wine at a special sale price at $19.89 with free shipping.
Also, Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley 2007 is appealing for its gorgeous apricot, pear and floral flavors, gliding smoothly over a silky frame and lingering effortlessly. It is pale gold in colour with green highlights, with a nose displaying aromas of apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. This wine is regularly priced at $20 a bottle but is only $13.89 at wines.com.
Our final recommendation for your holiday festivities is our Kunstler Hochheimer Kirchenstuck Riesling 2006. This white wine displays passion fruit, lemon and white pepper notes. It is regularly priced at $45.99 a bottle but online at wines.com is only priced at $24.89! Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot, honey and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.