Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like a delicious, home-cooked meal paired with the perfect wines and then shared with your loved ones.
Our goal is this: to help you select the ideal wines for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration that will complement each dish and offer a savory and festive delight to each guest’s palate.
Being the wine lovers that we are, we were able to narrow it down to 10 whites and 10 reds that are sure to make you the M.V.P. of your Thanksgiving gathering. Our selections include various price points so you can go big on spending or impress your family without breaking the bank.
White Wine Selections
1. Egly-Ouriet Brut Rose Grand Cru NV - $175.00: France. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, with a small addition of Ambonnay Rouge, drawn from cask. A bouquet of roses and small red berries announces the wine's subtle, delicate perfume. The mouth shows more red fruit with a smooth, almost buttery quality; the density and complexity here are unparalleled. White pepper and wet stones follow on a lengthy, lively finish. A superb rosé.” - Winemaker Notes
2. 2020 Florian Le Capitaine Vouvray Sec Les Aumones - $35.00: France. A wine with citrus notes with a hint of mandarin, on the palate carried by the freshness with a nice salinity on the finish. This wine will be the ideal companion for scallops, grilled lobsters or langoustine with basil. – Winemaker Notes
3. Eva Fricke Verde Riesling Off Dry - $45.00: Germany. High acid and very clean. Lemon juice and quite a surprising salty minerality. A nice summer tipple. Rheingau cuvée, sandy loess & loam, clay, quartzite, slate, fresh acidity, notes of citrus & texture of lemon curd. – Winemaker Notes
4. Villa Creek Cherry House White Blend - $35.00: Paso Robles, California. Yellow flowers dominate the nose while yellow fruits play a supporting role. The wine shows good salinity and hints of sunflower kernel and anise. The neutral oak aging provides good texture and body to this white wine without imparting flavor. Excellent acidity produces a snappy finish. Blend: 50% Clairette, 50% Grenache Blanc. – Winemaker Notes
5. Envoye Rose "LeSaint Pale" Beaujolais - $25.00: France. Vibrant aromas of red fruit, watermelon rind and lime blossom are supported by the subtlest touches of aniseed and lanolin. The palate is bright, energetic and mouthwatering with ripe orchard fruit and floral notes supported by a steely mineral backbone. The wine’s juicy natural acidity is complemented by an underlying creaminess that enlivens the mouthfeel and delivers balance to the long and luscious finish. – Winemaker Notes
6. Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc - $20.00: South Africa. A crowd pleasing Chenin Blanc for any occasion, this lush bottling delivers notes of honeysuckle and citrus which are balanced by a bright, seamless acidity. – Winemaker Notes
7. Maritana Russian River Chardonnay - $60.00: Sonoma, California. From a blend of sites, this appellation wine is robustly built and structured. Given time in 10% new oak, it combines clones as well as place, showing intensely layered elements of quince, fig and baked pear. Nutmeg and vanilla oak round it out further. – Virginie Boone
8. Vie di Romans Flors di Uis 2018 - $40.00: Italy. Varietal Composition: 57% Malvasia Istriana, 35% Rhein Riesling, 8% Tocai. Lovely, perfumed nose of lilies, lime blossom, passion fruit and lychee. More citrus-peel and lightly herbaceous notes on the palate. This is full-bodied and very intense, yet there’s some good acidity. Warm finish. Drink now. – James Suckling
9. Truchard Roussanne - $35.00: Napa Valley, California. This wine has rich aromas of green apple, honeydew melon, and lychee fruit; highlighted with pineapple and vanilla. The mouth has subtle flavors of nectarine, peach and fresh pear. Bright acidity provides a crisp finish of citrus, mineral, and spice. It is described as in between a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Roussanne is an excellent aperitif and pairs well with seafood, poultry, and many spicy dishes. – Winemaker Notes
10. Domaine Simon Colin Chassagne Montrachet - $125.00: France. One of our top picks and a wine that we enjoyed at our Burgundy Wine Tasting this October… it’s so delicious it could make you cry tears of joy (if your wine-o nerds like us!). Straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The nose expresses a fresh and fine bouquet with floral and white fruit aromas. On the palate it is striking for its freshness, which gives liveliness and dynamism to the sip. The aromas are delicate and play on floral notes of tea, almond, with a mineral finish. – Winemaker Notes
Special Magnum offer: Forge Dry Riesling Finger Lakes - $60.00: New York. Distinct, with mustard flower, yellow apple, quince and jasmine notes mixed together, carried on a slightly rounded, waxy frame and ending with a flash of quinine. – Wine Spectator
Red Wine Selections
1. Maritana Le Russe Pinot Noir - $60.00: Sonoma County, California. Vintner Donald Patz crafts this blend from several vineyard sites across the appellation. It captures the perfume of baked strawberry, cola, nutmeg and cardamom, followed by a lush,plush and velvety midpalate that boasts a toasted oak tone. – Wine Enthusiast
2. Chateau Redortier Gigondas - $80.00: France. Gigondas wines are recognized for their power, raw edge, and sauvage, as the French would say, which means savage or wild. Its deep, inky color is followed by fabulous notes of black raspberries, cassis, underbrush, garrigue and scorched earth. Full-bodied, ripe, voluptuous and loaded with sweet tannin, this classic beauty has everything you could want from the vintage. It’s going to drink nicely for a decade, and keep even longer. – Jebb Dunnuck
3. Huguenot Gevrey-Chambertin- $150.00: Burgundy, France. A very elegant and pleasant 100% Pinot Noir, light body with medium-light tannins and soft red berry notes. One of the best Chambertins we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying… we couldn’t recommend enough! – Adventures Decanted
4. Robert Sinskey Cabernet Franc - $75.00: Napa Valley, California. Inviting aromas of fresh dark fruit like black cherry, blackberry and ripe, tart plum, reveal a wine kissed by the even ripening of the Carneros sun. The first sip delivers a lush and juicy mid-palate that marries generous red and black fruit with kalamata olive and mocha. The finish has classic old world styling in its backbone of graphite minerality, focused, firm tannin, and freshness that carries length and invites a variety of cuisine. – Winemaker Notes
5. Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens - $30.00: Loire, France. Blackberry and cranberry aromas, plus a bit of pepper and a fresh green note. Lots of bright cranberry at first on the palate, then ripe blueberry and plum as it glides from midpalate and finishes long and chalky, with a hint of graphite. Attractive and drinkable. – Vinous
6. Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel - $28.00: California. Aromas of just-baked blueberry pie, raspberry, and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla oak lead to a palate that is rich and yet also elegant. This wine has beautiful red and black berry fruit flavors, with hints of cloves and pepper with a long finish. – Winemaker Notes
7. Chateau Pesquie Quintessence Rhone Blend - $38.00: France. An assemblage of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache put together to approximate the final blend, the 2018 Ventoux Quintessence utilized a bit higher proportion of demi-muids than the 2017. The result is that notes of vanilla and baking spices accent the raspberry fruit on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is plush and creamy, finishing long, velvety and simply put, deliciously. – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
8. Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah - $45.00: Santa Barbara, Caliifornia. Extreme amounts of cracked black pepper spice up the crumbled lilac, dark-black-plum and snappy red-currant aromas on the dynamic nose of this cool-climate bottling. There's a wild zestiness to the palate, where the peppery spice plays well with black-raspberry, lavender and rosemary flavors. – Wine Enthusiast
9. Arcanum Il Fauno Blend - $45.00: Tuscany, Italy. The first Bordeaux blend of the estate, based on Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a shot of Cabernet Sauvignon and a drop of Petit Verdot, is aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 18 months. It is restrained at present, scented with violet and cassis, undergrowth, chocolate and eucalyptus. It's smooth on the palate, with creaminess and great ripeness, super-refreshing and savoury. In the classic 2018 vintage this is definitely more elegant than powerful. – Decanter
10. Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon - $90.00: Napa Valley, California. This is made from the producer's Chiles Valley estate, organically farmed, and blended with 25% Merlot. A bright, perfumed nose of rose and sage leads to a soft, cohesive and well-integrated midpalate of dark cherry, raspberry and hints of vanilla and herb. It shows great length and breadth. – Wine Enthusiast
Each sommelier-selected wine is available for purchase at Adventures Decanted. To order a few bottles for your Thanksgiving gathering, please call 720-245-3118 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wines will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 24th from 3-9 PM at Adventures Decanted.
We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving full of love, laughter, family, friends, and amazing wine. Cheers!