8 Perfect Wines to Pair With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Four local wine experts spill on the best pours to pair with traditional Turkey Day dishes.


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Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Surely you’ve spent weeks scanning through recipes and researching turkey tips, but if you’re looking for something to tie your meal together, stuffing will only get you so far. Turn to these 8 wine recommendations from local sources to take your holiday noms to the next level.  


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Red

Pavia and Figli Grignolino d'Asti, 2016

Michael Albin, co-owner of Hudson Wine Merchants in Hudson

“This is a bright, light, chill-able red wine from Piedmont, Italy. When there are too many foods to choose from, it's nice to have a wine that goes with everything. This shows and tastes almost like a cross between a rosé and a red.”

 

Succés Vinícola, Conca de Barberà “La Cuca de Llum,” 2015

Eric Wirth, co-owner of Flowercup Wine in Cold Spring

“This light red wine is produced by a young couple in Catalonia, Spain. Made from organically grown trepat, a grape native to the region, the wine is a tangy treat bursting with cherry, cranberry, fennel, and spearmint flavors. It’s the perfect palate cleanser between bites of turkey and stuffing.”

 

Chamonard Morgon Clos de Lys, 2015

Michael Albin, co-owner of Hudson Wine Merchants in Hudson

“Elegant, light on its feet, but finely structured with a core of lovely dark fruit. Gamay at Thanksgiving pairs naturally with turkey because the wine is refreshing, friendly and cuts through all of the rich food.”

 

Millbrook Vineyards Pinot Noir

Bob Brink, Fine Wines Manager at Arlington Wine & Liquor in Poughkeepsie

“This is a smooth, extremely versatile red with luscious black cherry and fresh-picked strawberries notes. The tannins are nice and mild, making it a great crowd-pleaser.”

 


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White

Le Clos du Caillou, Côtes du Rhône Blanc, 2016

Eliza Starbuck, owner of Flowercup Wine in Cold Spring

“This rich white blend brings you the sunshine of the southern Rhône in a glass. Fine minerality and intensely concentrated fruit enable the wine to stand up to a Thanksgiving feast. The estate is certified organic.”

 

Domaine Bersan St. Bris, 2016

Michael Albin, co-owner of Hudson Wine Merchants in Hudson

“Sauvignon blanc for chablis-lovers, made in Burgundy, France. A very friendly, dry white that will go well with Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and other sides.”

 

Heron Hills Riesling Ingle Vineyard

Bob Brink, Fine Wines Manager at Arlington Wine & Liquor in Poughkeepsie

“From New York's Finger Lakes region. This region is making some of the best Rieslings in the country right now and this single-vineyard offering is a great introduction to these world-class wines. Crisp, slightly off-dry, and a great match for turkey dinner – this has bright citrus and Granny Smith apple flavors.”

 


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J. Mourat Chenin Blanc, 2016

Michael Albin, co-owner of Hudson Wine Merchants in Hudson

“Bright, pretty stone fruit, waxy, well-proportioned chenin blanc with a touch of chardonnay. It’s a great little white wine under $15 that has both body and acid, which makes it perfect for a big meal where it will stand up to variety of dishes and not get tired out.”

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