How did the year fly by so quickly? If you are still planning your Thanksgiving wine and food menu (don’t worry I am too) then here are some fantastic wines that aren’t rosé that you can have at your table this season. I always do a rosé category, and decided this year to be a little different and offer you fourteen fantastic whites and reds! If you do want some rosé you can head to my IG I will be featuring some fun ones there, as well as my newest post Six Sparkling Wines for Thanksgiving.

These wines below are available at many locations as well as online, so shopping for wine this year can be easier and more fun.

Wonderful Whites:

2019 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Estate bottled, and absolutely fabulous for this delightful fall season we’re having. Here on the East Coast you never know what the fall weather will look like, so I picked this Chardonnay to accommodate any weather, so no matter if you’re in the blazing sun, near a beach, have some cooler weather, or the snowy mountains, this chard will pair with any climate you’re in. This white is great for all fall flavors, because of its nose of orange peel, peaches, and brioche. It’s rich and creamy with nice lemon and minerality and a long lasting finish. This is a winner with Scalloped Potatoes, Turkey, and even Apple Tarte Tatin! $42

2019 Saget La Perrière Sancerre- A Sancerre is ideal for all seasons however when it comes to Thanksgiving and day drinking, this wine is perfect for cheese boards, salads, and light apps. My Thanksgivings always consist of daytime appetizers such as Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Pigs in a Blanket, and Cheese and Charcuterie Boards. This Sancerre has beautiful acidity to pair nicely with creamier cheeses, and this wine has a nose full of peaches, mango, and lemon which go great with raw seafood, as well as crab cakes, baked clams, and more. It has a rich palate, which is also why pigs in a blanket can work well too, I would recommend making the adult version with some artisanal sausage and puff pastry! $49

2019 Luca Marenco, Nascetta del Commune di Novello- From the Langhe of Italy is this striking white wine. Luca inherited the winery from his family, and cultivates 10 hectares of vines between Barolo and Novello, with respect to the terroir. This wine showcases his love for the land, and it’s one that is pretty special for Thanksgiving. This wine is crisp and mineral driven with lots of pear, citrus, and flowers. It has such an elegance and would be great with Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Cranberries, Turkey with a fall spiced gravy, and I know many of my Italian relatives do some Italian favorites for this holiday, so it would absolutely pair with Cacio e Pepe, Ravioli with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce, and Grilled Fish! $28

2020 Château Maris Pays d’Oc Vermentino Vineyards bathed in sunshine in the south of France is totally where you want to transport to, right? Well you can through your glass with this beautiful Maris Vermentino! I love these wines because they’re organic, but also the winery promotes diversity and sustainability.  Lots of floral aromas and Mediterranean wine vibes, make this wine so fun for the holidays. Pair this with your salads, apps, and some turkey. Honestly it’s delicious and can pair nicely with the entire Thanksgiving meal. $19.99

 

 

Lots of Reds:

2018 Dutcher Crossing, Cut Root Vineyard Pinot Noir– This is a brand new release and is quite an amazing Pinot Noir! Striking nose of ripe red berries, black fruit, and a warmness that’s so alluring with hints of spice. On the palate it’s super smooth, elegant, and just gorgeous! Rose petal, black pepper, and herbs are what make this wine so complex and honestly one of the best Cali Pinot’s I have had in a while. Save this one for dinner, it will easily pair with Turkey both light and dark meat, a Stuffing with lots of savory flavors such as Mushroom Chorizo, Classic Cornbread with a kick, and also Mac and Cheese with Seasoned Breadcrumbs. $56

2018 San Pedro 1865 Carmenere- Chilean wines are always something I have around, especially when it’s the holidays and you have a lot of different flavors and textures on the table. I love chilean wines for their style, spice, and body and find their very versatile pairing wise. This is one of the most important vineyards in Chile, and this wine is one you will love. It’s a brambly wine with blackberries and spice, and a touch of black tea. On the palate it’s smooth and silky with a long, lingering finish. This wine would go great with Cranberry Chutney, Roasted Squash and Brussels, Dark Meat with Gravy, and Maple Bacon Sweet Potatoes! $17.99

2018 Chalk Hill Estate Red- Another amazing wine from Chalk Hill Estates! A red blend is always great for the holiday season, and this one is made of Cabernet, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere. If you’re going to someone’s house and there are more than 10 adults who enjoy wine, I recommend bringing a double pack of Chalk Hill Estates, and you can bring two great bottles. This is my first time tasting their red, and wow, I was blown away! A nose full of black cherry, tobacco, and intense notes of chocolate and leather. It’s a big wine, I really enjoyed it and think for Thanksgiving it’s ideal because of the vanilla and dark fruit notes, it would go nicely with Thyme and Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes, String Beans, Succotash, and Roasted Turkey with Garlic and Herbs (make sure to save some crispy skin). $70

Domaine du Séminaire Côtes du Rhône- A typical rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan. Lots of ruby tones and purple fruit notes, like wild berries. Some licorice you’ll notice, but its playful and enchanting in this wine making it a great daytime wine. When the family arrives this is a good wine to open with some warm appetizers like a Baked Brie topped with Caramelized Onions and Bacon, or maybe a Camembert with Honey Apple Butter and Candied Nuts. This wine can also transition into dinner, and would be nice with an Apple Fennel Salad with Mandarin Oranges, or with Turkey and Cranberry Sauce, or a lovely Sausage Stuffing. $15.99

2018 Château Lalaudey Moulis en Médoc- A rich and structured wine with fine tannins and wood. Juicy black fruit like currants and a nice long finish. This Cru Bourgeois is always a special wine to bring for gatherings and the spice is really interesting, making it very pair-able with some off the beaten path Thanksgiving dishes such as Beef Filet, Creamed Spinach, Duck with Roasted Orange and Onions, and Butternut Squash Risotto, and Pernil like my in-laws make. Sure, it will certainly pair with typical Thanksgiving meals too, but I know some are vegetarian or simply don’t do Turkey (like my in-laws). This wine is delicious and special and can even follow through to desserts; think Bourbon Pecan Pie! $30

2018 Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône Parallele 45- Great when you need to bring a few great bottles of wine, and want something very budget friendly but high quality! It’s a wine with deep gorgeous garnet color and lots of aromas like ripe berries and some spice. You really get the Syrah on the nose, it’s captivating, complex, and elegant. It has a nice finish, and overall will be an easy crowd pleaser to bring to a party, or have out for your guests.  Pair this wine with Creamy Brussel Sprout Gratin, Sweet Potato Arugula Salad with Ginger Dressing, A Fall Cheese Board, and some bacon scallion scalloped potatoes of course! $12.99

2017 Trapiche Gran Medalla MalbecMalbec is so popular, and for a great reason, it’s delicious and goes with so many foods. Malbec I always bring to a party, because no matter where you are, and what time of day it is, someone will always want a glass of Malbec (at least in my friends group). This wine is deep in color and has notes of blackberry, cherry, plums, and some flowers. Nice spice, and hints of earthiness with a freshness and mineral character. It’s smooth and elegant and would be great with Apple Cider Brined Turkey, Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Whipped Potatoes. $24.99

2019 Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon- A beautiful Cabernet from Paso Robles, with dark plum, blackberry, and earth. It has a silky texture with layers of cassis, herbs, and fine tannins. Banshee makes great wines and if you haven’t had them, you’ve definitely seen them in stores and I think you should give them a try. Normally I would love this with Lamb, so if you do that for the holidays you’ll love it. However if you are more traditional and do Thanksgiving with turkey, this would pair nicely maybe with Harrisa Spiced Turkey, or even Turkey with a Cranberry Glaze! $25

2019 Saint-Amour “Les Capitans,” Domaine du Clos du Fief- A fun wine from Beaujolais that should be at every table! Made from 35 year old Gamay vines, this wine is full of violets, concentrated fruit, and brightness. It’s a great wine with aging potential from Les Capitans which is a rare single vineyard in the northernmost Cru of Beaujolais. A special wine to bring for those wine lovers in your life, it’s elegance will wow everyone and it will easily pair with Sage and Orange Roasted Turkey, Roasted Root Vegetables, Maple Roasted Brussels sprouts, and Spinach Gratin! $21.99

2017 Ancient Peaks Renegade- A gorgeous wine from Paso Robles from the Estate Margarita Vineyard! This wine has the spirit of the rugged terrain and the characters that crossed it since the 18th century, some fun history and a lot of great flavor make this wine a true conversation piece for the dinner table. It’s intense, bold, and really delicious. Lots of tobacco, black cherry, and jammy fruit on the nose and palate, and this nice spice, it just lingers in the wine. It’s ideal for Thanksgiving and can even transition well to dessert as you finish up the bottle. $26 

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly and have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!