Thanksgiving is around the corner, and this year looks a lot different than in the past. The pandemic means less travel, with many people, including us, celebrating the holiday at home. Some will have Zoom calls with family and friends. Or some might even brave the cold weather for a social-distancing happy hour outside. What wine will you open to enjoy at happy hour, and with your Thanksgiving turkey and sides? Do you know yet? If not, read on for some suggestions.
If you love red wine, some good bets are Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot. But if you prefer whites, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay work well. Rosé is also a good option. It depends on the foods you serve. Overall, there is no right or wrong!
Here are 26 special wines that we tasted this year or are in our cellar. We are considering some of them for our Thanksgiving festivities. They were crafted in Washington state, Oregon, California, Australia, New Zealand, France and Italy, with prices ranging from $14-$80 (SRP).
Thanksgiving Reds, Whites and Rosé (in alphabetical order)
Of note, some of these wines are available in more recent vintages.
- Alloro Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir (Oregon), $40
- Bayernmoor 2017 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Washington), $39
- Boudreaux Cellars 2013 Merlot (Washington), $60
- DeLille Cellars 2019 Chaleur Blanc (Washington), $35
- Donnachiara 2018 Aletheia Greco di Tufo (Italy), $20
- Edmunds St. John 2017 Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rosé (California), $22
- Greywacke 2016 Wild Sauvignon (New Zealand), $25
- Greywacke 2016 Pinot Noir (New Zealand), $40
- Hard Row to Hoe 2016 Pinot Noir (Washington), $40
- Hard Row to Hoe 2018 Shameless Hussy Rosé (Washington), $25
- Jules Taylor 2018 Sauvignon Blanc OTQ (New Zealand), $25
- Lenné Estate 2017 South Slope Pinot Noir (Oregon), $55
- Lula Cellars 2018 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir (California), $45
- Lula Cellars 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Oregon), $26
- Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2010 The Contender Syrah (Washington), $80
- Saviah Cellars 2016 The Funk Estate Syrah (Washington), $60
- Soul Growers 2017 Serendipitous Pinot Noir 2017 (Australia), $35
- Succession Wines 2018 Rosé (Washington), $26
- Terres Dorées 2019 Le Rosé d’ Folie par Jean-Paul Brun (France), $14
- TOIL Oregon 2016 Pinot Noir (Oregon), $50
- Two Vintners 2017 Some Days Are Stones Syrah (Washington), $50
- Two Vintners 2017 Syrah Columbia Valley (Washington), $25
- Utopia 2017 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Paradise (Oregon), $65
- Utopia 2017 Estate Chardonnay (Oregon), $45
- Villa Maria 2015 Taylors Pass Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (New Zealand,) $43
- Villa Maria 2018 Taylors Pass Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), $26
Happy Thanksgiving! And we give our thanks to you for reading this blog over the last 13+ years.
Margot and Dave