Thanksgiving Wines – Ideas for Your Table

I have been wanting to do this for a long time–which is to give a larger list of suggested wines for Thanksgiving. The intent is that you do not need to buy all of the wines on this list (which is probably understood). When I use to give a smaller selection the wines people wanted get were not available or more difficult to find: hence a fuller list can help you have a wider net to find the wines for your Thanksgiving table.

This list has price points across the board so while some categories are a higher price point–my intention additionally is to pick wines at reasonable price price for the larger list. There are a few that might be expensive and adjust your selection accordingly to feels comfortable to you.

I do not just have one wine or style when I am preparing and serving Thanksgiving. I do think that at minimum I need sparkling, a white and a red wine. I do look an expansive diversity of wines. I am not a fan of Beaujolais Nouveau and I know some people must have it. I am, however, a huge fan of Beaujolais Cru wines and I always have it on my table. It also makes me think of every visit to Paris as I always have a Beaujolais Cru wine and it is always served in a tasting menu.

The diversity for my table is that I might not get a full glass but even a small taste which goes a long way. I do share my wines and I am careful to enjoy through the meal. I hope this helps you to hone in on what wines you will serve.

Wine ideas for your Thanksgiving – specific call outs of Cuvées below.

Champagne wines:

  • Champagne Waris Hubert Albescent Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV
  • Champagne Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV
  • Champagne André Jacquart Brut Experience NV
  • Champagne Charles Heidseick Blanc de Blancs  NV
  • Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
  • Champagne Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
  • Champagne Guy Charlemagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Reserve
  • Champagne Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Extra Brut NV
  • Champagne Pierre Peters Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
  • Champagne Drappier Blanc de Blancs 
  • Champagne Lanson Extra Age Blanc de Blancs NV
  • Champagne Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2014

Foods Mentioned in Video as Items that I typically prepare:

I generally have prepared all of the Thanksgiving meals and I love to cook everything. My guests are always gracious and they volunteer to bring food and wine. I do make a decent turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing–and I insist on making each item. I do love this holiday and I love cooking–it gets me away from my computer or technology.

Here is a sampling of what I’ll prepare while I may not make everything in appetizer or first items list. I will always make every item in the second plates


  • Crab cakes
  • Carrots en Croute
  • Crab dip
  • Bacon wrapped dates
  • Smoked salmon dip
  • Baked clams

First plates:

  • Lobster bisque
  • Butter nut squash soup
  • Apple-Pear Salad

Second Plates:

  • Roasted turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Turkey gravy / sherry mushroom gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Roasted carrot
  • Sweet potatoes
  • French bread stuffing

More Wine Suggestions:


  • Le Colture Gerardo Valdobbiadene Prosecco superiore Rive di Santo Stefano Extra Brut NV
  • Nino Franco Vigneto della Riva di San Floriano Prosecco 
  • Nino Franco Primo Franco Prosecco Superiore DOCG 
  • Corvezzo Prosecco Extra Dry NV
  • Tenuta Sant’Anna Extra Dry Prosecco
  • Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry ’18 
  • Val d’Oca Rive di San Pietro di Barbozza Prosecco Superiore 2018 
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco Il Fresco
  • Zardetto Prosecco Brut 

Trentodoc (Sparkling):

  • Ferrari Perlé
  • Altemasi Trentodoc Millesimato 2014
  • Revi Dossagio Zero Millesimato Trentodoc

Franciacorta (Sparkling):

  • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut
  • Ferghettina Franciacorta Cuvée Brut

Alta Langa (Sparkling):

  • Bera Brut Alta Langa DOCG
  • Ettore Germano Alta Langa Brut

Cava (Sparkling):

  • Cava Grand Ducay Brut Nature NV 
  • Cava Mestres 1312 Cava Reserva Brut
  • Caves Roger Goulart Organic Cava Brut Reserva 2018


  • Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir ’18 
  • Chanson Premier Cru Chablis Montée de Tonnerre ’18 
  • Isabelle et Denis Pommier Chablis ’18
  • Albert Bichot Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
  • Pio Cesare Piodelei Chardonnay Lange DOC 2017
  • Donnafugata Chiaranda Contessa Entellina DOC Chardonnay 2017
  • Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay ’18
  • Smith Madrone Spring Mountain District Chardonnay ’17
  • Bouchaine Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay ’18 
  • Raeburn Russian River Valley Chardonnay ’20 – Value Price Point (under $20)
  • Bailey Family Willamette Valley Chardonnay ’17
  • Presqu’ile Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc):

  • J. de Villebois Sancerre 
  • Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre 
  • Domaine Andre Vatan Sancerre 

Vouvray (Chenin Blanc):

  • Champalou Vouvray
  • Marc Bredif Vouvray

Chenin Blanc:

  • Lievland Old Vine Paarl Chenin Blanc ’20 
  • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

Italian White Wines:

  • Terredora di Paolo Fiano di Avellino
  • Mastroberardino Radici Fiano di Avellin
  • Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina
  • Rocca del Principe Fiano di Avellino
  • Argiolas Is Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna
  • Pala Stellato Vermentino
  • Toscolo Vernaccia di San Gimignano 
  • Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti 
  • Tiefenbrunner Alto Adige-Sudtirol Pinot Bianco
  • Suavia Monte Carbonare Soave Classico
  • Umani Ronchi Terre di Chieti Vellodoro Pecorino 
  • Livon Collio Manditocai Friulano ’19 

Pinot Blanc:

  • Trimbach Alsace Pinot Blanc
  • Wolfberger Pinot Blanc 2019 
  • Rebholz Im Sonnenschein Pinot Blanc Grosses Gewachs
  • Salwey Estate Baden Pinot Blanc


  • Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Riesling 
  • Richard Böcking Mosel Burberg Riesling
  • Prager Wachstum Bodenstein Smaragd Riesling 
  • Monchhof Mosel Slate Riesling Spatlese 
  • Rebholz Pfalz Dry Riesling

Pinot Noir:

  • Youngberg Hill Natasha Block McMinnville Pinot Noir
  • Lenné Willamette Valley Yamhill-Carlton Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir 
  • Gary Farrell Bien Nacido Vyd Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir ’16
  • August Kesseler The Daily August Rheingau Pinot Noir
  • Schäfer Rheinhessen Pinot Noir 
  • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir
  • Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir
  • Domaine Carneros Famous Gate Pinot Noir
  • Hyde Carneros Pinot Noir
  • Bouchaine Estate Carneros Pinot Noir 
  • Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  

Beaujolais (Gamay):

  • Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2019
  • Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades
  • Domaine Michel Tete Julienas Cuvee Tradition 2019
  • Domaine Desvignes Morgon Cote du Py 2019
  • Duboeuf Julienas Chateau des Capitans 2019
  • Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Cuvee des Fous 2019
  • Mommessin Cote de Brouilly 2017
  • Alex Foillard Cote de Brouilly 2019
  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2017

Chianti Classico (Sangiovese)

  • Castello di Fonterutoli Vicoreggio 36 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
  • Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ’17
  • Barone Ricasoli Roncicone Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ’16
  • Castello di Albola Santa Caterina Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ’15
  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017
  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 Front Label
  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2015

Brunello di Montalcino (Sangiovese)

  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2015
  • Marchesato Degli Aleramici Brunello di Montalcino 
  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2016 Front Label
  • Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2013
  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2016
  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2016


  • Turley Kirschenmann Lodi Zinfandel
  • Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ’17
  • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2019
  • Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
  • Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2019
  • Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017
  • Easton Shenandoah Valley Zinfandel
  • Rombauer El Dorado Zinfandel 2018
  • A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013

And for those who serve beer or lamb and need a heavy red:

  • Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ’18
  • Hawk & Horse Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  • Leonetti Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
  • Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • DeLille Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  • Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Château Fombrauge Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2019
  • Château La Marzelle Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2018
  • Château Margaux Prieure-Lichine 2016
  • Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac 2014
  • Donnafugata Mille e Una Note
  • Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso
  • Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella 2017
  • Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja Barbaresco 2014
  • Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco
  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2017
  • Cascina Bruciata Barbaresco 2015
  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2017

And lastly if you have room for dessert – how about a dessert wine:

  • Donnafugata Passito di Pantalleria Ben Rye
  • Chateau Manos Cadillac ’16
  • Château Filhot Sauternes ’15
  • Castelnau de Suduirat Sauternes ’06
  • Le Colture Valdobbiadene DOCG Spumante Superiore di Cartizze
  • Champagne Laurent-Perrier Harmony Demi-Sec
  • Jean Vesselle Cuvee Friandise Demi-Sec Rosé
  • Hidalgo Villapanés Oloroso

I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving ahead! I’d be curious to know what wines you have selected for your table–drop me a line. Thank you!



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