A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is open to the choice of wine that you pair with it. A roast turkey, along with the variety of root vegetables that usually accompany it, call out for for wines that are not too heavy handed, though.  Keep the wines vibrant and smooth. Tannic reds and sharper, more acidic whites are best suited to a different menu. The selection can be drier or fruitier, red, white, pink, or fizzy. The turkey can handle a wide range… simply enjoy!

First choice red wines – Pinot Noirs

Pommard 1er Cru Clos Orgelot 2011

A silky, perfumed Red Burgundy that just sings out of the glass! There is a wonderful aroma and flavor of black cherry in the wine. If we gave points to this wine, it would be almost a perfect score! Delicate and refined, this is an absolute treat bottle. $ 99.99 per bottle

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits – Dom. Dominique Guyon 2010

This is the Pinot Noir of the year for us!  Beautiful fruit flavor – a soft, delicious Pinot from France. $27.99 per bottle

Byron Pinot Noir 2012 – Santa Barbara County

Delicious Californian Pinot Noir! This wine is lithe and fresh. There is a silkiness that gives it a more European touch. The soft fruit flavors are redolent of cranberries! $19.99 per bottle

Rose and Sparkling Rose

Les Lauzeraies – Tavel Rose 2013

The Rose of Autumn! A French Rose from the southern Rhone, made from the red Grenache grape variety. A richer, berry scented, dry rose that has been a Thanksgiving classic for decades. $16.99 per bottle

Cremant D’ Alsace Sparkling Brut Rose – Lucien Albrecht

A lovely,light sparkling French dry Rose, made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes. Well chilled, this is a blast with a turkey dinner! A fresh and flavorful Rose to perk up the meal $19.99 per bottle

It’s a turkey… Here are some lovely, dry White Wines:

Pinot Gris D’ Alsace 2011 – Maison F.E. Trimbach

A dry, yet floral white from Alsace France. A fresh wine that has the texture to complement a slightly drier bird. No oak, just soft and pure. $19.99 per bottle

Pinot Blanc D’ Alsace 2013 – Dom. Metz

An absolutely creamy texture makes this dry French white a great holiday pairing. Smooth and silky, Pinot Blanc is a staple in every good French Bistro! $19.99 per bottle

Matanzas Creek Winery – Chardonnay 2012

There may be no nicer chardonnay made in California right now! The judicious use of wood makes this a perfectly balanced, smooth, mouthwatering, creamy Chardonnay. $25.99 per bottle

Fruity is Fine! Niersteiner Riesling Kabinett 2012 – F. Windisch

A fruity, flowery classic German Riesling! $12.99 per bottle

Dornfelder 2013 – F. Windisch

The number one selling red wine in Germany! We get a little bit for export here in the States. Naturally fruity, no artificial sugars or juices are added. It is semi-dry, and is appropriately served at room temperature, or slightly chilled. A delectable sweeter red with turkey. $15.99 per bottle

Moscato D’ Asti 2012 – Saracco

Accept no substitutes! Only pure Italian Moscato will do! Light as a feather, sweet and slightly sparkling, this is consistently one of the finest made in Italy. $15.99 per bottle

Be Adventurous! Arbois Trousseau 2010 – Dom. Dugois

A pale perfumed red from the Jura region in France. It is even more delicate than most Pinot Noir. Delicious at cellar temperature, slightly chilled! A great Thanksgiving pairing. $34.99 per bottle

Apremont 2012 – Pierre Boniface

A wine from the Savoie, where France, Switzerland and Italy meet. This dry white from the Jacquere grape is pure delicacy. It smells like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers! $17.99 per bottle

Cidre de Thierache (Sparkling French Cider) – Clos de Fontaine Hugo

From the area between Champagne France and Belgium, this is the finest sparkling cider made in France! Delicate, crisp, refreshing apple nuances make this a great Thanksgiving sparkler for the meal, or for appetizers. It is a true Brut! $13.99 per bottle

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