The best wines to pair with Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays here at Cline Family Cellars- Not only is it a time you get to spend with your family and friends and reflect on what you are most thankful for, but it’s also a time for the most DELICIOUS food and wine pairings! Sometimes those pairings can be a little tricky and that’s why we’ve put together some of our favorite combos!

Stuffing: Viognier is sometimes overlooked at Thanksgiving, but it is one of the most versatile wines around the holidays. It’s a crowd pleaser AND it goes with most of your holiday fare! Stuffing and our Estate Viognier make a perfect combo - our Viognier has a wonderful floral, honeysuckle note and all the weightiness of a Chardonnay and acts as a nice contrast to holiday stuffing!

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy: Creamy mashed potatoes and gravy beg for some California Chardonnay! The harmonious pairing works because this weightier white can stand up to the rich and flavorful foods of the holiday!

Turkey: The centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner has long been paired with Pinot Noir, and we aren’t going to argue with that! Pinot Noir works well with most Thanksgiving foods because of its medium body and bright red fruits. Typically, Pinot Noir can bring out the juiciness of the turkey and the gentle tannins won’t overshadow your bird! Try our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir as a flavorful addition to your holiday table!

Duck Breast: Duck is a wonderful alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving and our Sonoma Coast Merlot is its perfect companion! Duck tends to be rich in flavor and it needs a wine to compliment that; our merlot has supple tannins and cherry plum notes that will pair wonderfully!

Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce is usually a no brainer when it comes to pairings - Pinot Noir is an obvious choice with its bright red fruit and nice acidity. However, if you want to be different and try a wine that’s off the beaten path, try some Cline Cellars Carignane! In our minds this is the perfect Thanksgiving wine with bright red fruit and baking spice notes!

Whatever wine you choose for your Thanksgiving table, enjoy the holiday and be thankful that wine is there to get you through! Cheers!