Here's A Handy Cheat Sheet For Pairing Thanksgiving Food And Wine
Enhance the flavors of rustic Italian sausage and rich cornbread with a bold, jammy Zinfandel. Get the recipe.
Your rich mashed potatoes need a full-bodied, buttery wine that can stand up to them without totally overpowering the flavors. Get the recipe.
A crisp dry or off-dry riesling will cut the sweetness of this totally indulgent potato dish. Look for a Riesling labeled "kabinett" or "trocken," which will have more acidity. Get the recipe.
A dry and bubbly Lambrusco perfectly complements the syrupy, acidic flavors of these crispy roasted Brussels sprouts. Get the recipe.
Normally, Cabernet could easily overpower your Thanksgiving turkey, but this recipe is rich and creamy thanks to a mushroom gravy. It's the perfect match for a glass of deep and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. Get the recipe.
A dry Sauvignon Blanc (like one from France's Sancerre region) is the perfect complement to this cheesy cauliflower gratin. Slightly nutty and crisp, Sancerre is the perfect contrast to a rich dish. Get the recipe.
Pinot Noir is the one wine that works with pretty much everything at your holiday table. This bright and slightly earthy wine will taste amazing with the rich, fall flavors of butternut squash soup. Get the recipe.
Too heavy of a dish will completely overpower a glass of dry rosé. Instead, opt for a vegetable dish like roasted asparagus wrapped in smooth and salty prosciutto. Get the recipe.
With its soft finish and red berry notes, Merlot wine is another easy pairing for your Thanksgiving table. Try it with a lighter dish, like this very fall-y roasted squash salad loaded with bitter arugula, creamy goat cheese and tangy pomegranates.. Get the recipe.
Port, a fortified wine from Portugal, is sweet and syrupy with nutty and caramel flavors. Pair it with a decadent dessert, like this rich apple galette topped with homemade whipped cream. Get the recipe.
Pinot Grigio is zesty and refreshing, which works well with vegetable dishes, but many fruit-forward bottles from Australia can also stand up to richer dishes. Try this green bean side dish that's anything but light, loaded with onion, shallots, and cream of mushroom soup. Get the recipe.
Thanksgiving is a special occasion, worthy of a bottle of bubbly. You can drink Champagne as an aperitif and drink it all the way through the main event. With its notes of brioche, almonds, and peaches, it's a refreshing and crisp. counterpart to slightly gamey turkey and rich gravy. Get the recipe.