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Thanksgiving wine pairings

Updated: Jun 8


Thanksgiving is right around the corner. One of the most festive food days of the year and you’ll want to be prepared with the right Thanksgiving wine pairings. We’ll take a look at which of the 7 Noble Grapes will be your best bet.

Whether you’re sticking with traditional turkey or changing it up with ham, duck, or Cornish hens, we’ve got some great wine pairings that will carry you through the day.



Roasted Turkey Wine Pairings


The good thing with turkey is that you can pair a range of wine with it. This means you can please the white wine lovers and the red wine lovers.

  • Dry Riesling

  • Chardonnay Look for one with light oak like the Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay or no oak like a French Chablis.

  • Pinot Noir

  • Merlot

Glazed Ham Wine Pairings


A roasted ham with a brown sugar glaze will have that nice sweet and salty taste. Again you can please both white wine and red wine lovers.


  • Riesling Select a dry, off-dry or semi-sweet Riesling (aka Kabinett or Spatelese). Find tips for identifying sweetness levels for Riesling in this post.

  • Shiraz/Syrah


Duck Wine Pairings


Duck is very fatty meat, which means it pairs really well with a heavier more tannic red wine. That dry tannin will wash down the fat and create a nice flavor balance for the meal.


  • Merlot

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Bordeaux Consider a Bordeaux from either the right or left bank. They are a blend of Merlot and Cab.

Cornish Hen Wine Pairings


The Cornish hen is the perfect sized poultry for each dinner guest. Just think, each guest can have a breast, leg, and thigh. Not a bad approach to Thanksgiving.


  • Chardonnay Oaked or unoaked would pair well with this bird.

  • Pinot Noir



Thanksgiving Wine Pairings Summary


These 7 noble grapes really are versatile and can work across the spectrum of food. Try these Thanksgiving wine pairings and see what you and your guests like the best with your main course.

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