What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner

What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner? 

What Wines You Need to Serve with Turkey Dinner? Well, this list is not another long, boring, “thanksgiving is complicated, and you need to read this 20 page guide to get how complicated it is to pair wine with cranberries, stuffing and pumpkin pie!”

Nope. Because things are much simpler than that. How simple? Really simple. So simple that even a wine novice making the selections will appease your snobby wine connoisseur friends and family.  This year, buy a bottle from each of the five categories below:

1. Something soft and elegant like a Pinot noir or Cinsault

2. Something full-bodied like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel or Syrah

3. Something spicy or fruity like a Gewürztraminer, Riesling, or a Pinot gris

4. Something fun and festive, like a sparkler or Champagne

5. Something pink, like a Rose[/box]

Yes, it really is this simple! You’ll be able to find a wine that works with every spice, texture, and flavor thrown your way, including those wacky, unexpected dishes that show up at your diner table. And everyone will find a favorite between the copious choices available!

If your family loves wine, plan for one bottle per two guests. So a party of twelve will consume 6 bottles. Reduce the number of bottles if you serve other alcoholic beverages, and increase if you have a bunch of lushes wine connoisseurs at the table.

Problem solved!  Now go on and concur the world.


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Bryan November 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Reply

    I had my readers tackle this topic last year. Their suggestions fell pretty much inline with a few interesting outlives. Cheers to whatever you drink on Thanksgiving! http://thewanderinggourmand.com/thanksgiving-beer-wine-pairing/

    • enobytes November 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM - Reply

      Well then, it seems like we are in alignment. Carry on!!

      …oh yeah, and bring a 6-pack too!

      Happy turkey day Brian

  2. Matthew November 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM - Reply

    I appreciate the simplicity of your advice, Pamela. The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about pairing foods with wine. You cover all of the bases, and I’m sure I’ll please every enophile at the table by mixing it up with the different suggestions listed!

  3. Danielle November 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM - Reply

    I purchased one of each except for the whites. I decided to go with a Muller Thurgau since my mother has a favorite from a winery in Oregon. Happy Thanksgiving Enobytes!

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