Selecting the right wines for Thanksgiving is all about choosing wines that complement a wide variety of flavors, instead of choosing a wine for each dish on the table. Here are some recommendations for pairing outstanding wines from Texas with Thanksgiving Dinner. I would also recommend keeping these fine wines in mind for all of your winter holiday celebrations!
Which of these pairings are you most excited for this holiday season?
Rivenburgh Wine 2021 Vermentino – a light and crisp white wine is a versatile choice for Thanksgiving. Vermentino with its intense notes of fresh apple and zippy acidy let it be a perfect pairing with mashed potatoes, dressing and turkey.
Kerrville Hills Winery 2020 Tannat – Juicy turkey loves fruity red wine. The Kerrville Hills Winery Tanat is a great choice with raspberry and dried fruits flavors, bold vanilla, wet stone, and tamed tannins. Its right at home with a wide variety of Thanksgiving staples including roast duck, pecan stuffing, and sweet potatoes.
Texas Heritage Vineyard 2019 Merlot – The silky smooth texture, bright black cherry flavors and round nature of this Merlot makes it a great accompaniment with most dishes, from turkey and gravy to sweet-tart cranberry sauce. This fruit-forward wine is a crowd pleaser with light tannins that make it a versatile wine for Thanksgiving.
Texas Heritage Vineyard 2019 Petite Sirah – For a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the lush flavors and bold personality of Petite Sirah is a welcome choice. This beautiful, big red wine with blueberry and spiced blackberry flavors is an outstanding complement to full-flavored Thanksgiving foods like grilled lamb or roast pork.
Wedding Oak Winery 2020 Tioja – This is an elegant, fruity red wine with bright fragrances of plum, black cherry, earth and smoke. It has tart cherry flavors, and a rich plum finish. Tioja is a wonderful wine for Thanksgiving, with fresh acidity that loves the rich fat of the turkey dark meat and the gravy. It was recently awarded a Double Gold medal and Texas Reserve Class Champion at the 2022 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition.
Wedding Oak Winery Late Harvest Riesling – Pecan, pumpkin and chocolate pies are a staple of Thanksgiving and nothing is better with pie than an off-dry dessert wine. This Late Harvest Riesling has rich aromas of apricot, peach, tangerine, saffron, and flint with honey flavors with good acidity to balance the sweetness. It was recently recognized with a Gold Double Gold medal at the 2022 Lonestar International Wine Competition and was rated a Texas Class Champion at the 2022 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition.