The Perfect Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Guide

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Thanksgiving Wine Buying GuideToday’s blog post is written by Jon Harding. 

It’s next week! Have you decided what you’ll be pouring with your Thanksgiving feast? We put just as much, if not more effort into choosing the wine for the holidays as we put into the actual menu planning.

Some of you might concentrate on the turkey and think Pinot Noir. That definitely works. But the sides. If you’re like us, the side dishes take front stage. Don’t forget to pair the wines with the various courses and side dishes.

Here are a few of Jon’s top Northwest picks and one California bubby to create the perfect Thanksgiving wine pairing menu.

By the way, these are available at Gourmandie Market at Schweitzer Mountain. You can also check with your local merchant or buy online.

Bubbly Buffs

  • Scharffenberger Brut Excellence: This is a classic blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay made in a traditional methode champenoise style. All California Anderson Valley fruit. Apples , lime, vanilla, honey, baked bread. Drink this with oysters and creamy cheeses. California. Scored a 90 Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine and Spirits.
  • Argyle 2001 Extended TirageThis is good stuff: Crisp fruit, minerals, and creamy texture. Drink this with everything all day. Oregon. 93 Wine Spectator.


  • 2010 Colter’s Creek Riesling: Delicious off-dry Riesling out of Lewiston, Idaho. This wine is produced from some of the oldest Riesling stock in Idaho. It is all there: Apricot, citrus, a little honey, and a clean long finish. I love what Mike and Melissa are producing from this estate. Also try the Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Idaho. 90 Wine Enthusiast and best 100 buys of 2012.


  • Tranche 2011 Pink Pape: A fantastic example of dry rosé to be paired with hard cheeses and ham. All Columbia Valley fruit consisting of Counoise, Cinsault and Syrah. Washington. 90+ Jon Harding

Pinot Noir

  • 2010 Rotie Cellars Southern Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre. Yup, that’s right Grenache. From the winery description “The medium-bodied flavors are Pinot Noir-like (indicating the predominance of Grenache), showing a texture suggestive of dried berries and herbal tea, infused with dried rosebuds. This wine will pair with any meat dish you can throw at it over Thanksgiving. Washington. 92+ points Rhône Report.

My plan is to start with the Argyle then a taste of Riesling, a lot of the Southerm Blend, and if I make it to desert, a little more Riesling.

What’s your plan? Tell us your favorites and why.

*Flickr photo, Creative Commons, Skampy.


This year, there will be Champagne and although we haven't decided upon which, yet, we will be drinking it all day long; possibly a Bollinger because I've never tasted it. For pouring at dinner, I'm taking the suggestion from a few posts back and giving Rosé a place at the table. It's not a wine I'm familiar with so the Tranche looks like the front runner.