Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:00 AM
 
Can you really pair the perfect wine with turkey, yams, mashed potatoes, herbed stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and pecan pies? Of course you can! These wine picks will be sure to enhance your traditional Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.

Charles Lafitte Brut PrestigeThe Thanksgiving table is filled with a variety of foods, differing in flavor and texture. All of your family's favorite dishes are delicious and deserve some fabulous wine alongside. Pairing wine with all of this variety can be tricky but there are certain wines that pair well with all of your wonderful, traditional turkey holiday dishes.

Toast the holiday

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have in our lives. Why not celebrate what we are thankful for with bubbles! The Charles Lafitte Brut Prestige is an excellent bubbles choice from France that won't break the bank.

Classic pairings

Riesling and Beaujolais wines are classic matches to pair with traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Not only is Riesling a good match for the flavors of turkey day dishes because of the acidity, most Riesling wines are low in alcohol, making it a smart wine to drink if you tend to eat your Thanksgiving meal earlier in the day. After all, you want to stay awake for your turkey sandwich at the end of the day while you watch football! Beaujolais wine, which is a light red wine from France, has nice fruit structure and good acidity, making it a classic red wine match for your holiday meal.

Riesling wine picks:

Riesling wine picks

Try the 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington State or the 2011 Clean Slate Riesling from the Mosel region in Germany.

Beajolais wine picks

Beajolais wine picks

Try the 2010 Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent Domaine des Rosiers or the 2010 Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents. Both are classic Beaujolais wines, crushed red berries, excellent acidity and a great finish.

Zinfandel wine picksAll American

If you want to stay with the red, white and blue this Thanksgiving, zinfandel is the way to go. There are two styles of zinfandel and you could go either way for your turkey dinner. Choose either a jammy and luscious zinfandel or a spicy and structured one, depending on your taste.

Zinfandel wine picks

If you prefer a jammy and luscious zinfandel and really want to keep it All American try the 2010 The Federalist Zinfandel from Sonoma County. If your palate leads you towards the earthy, spicy and structured zinfandels, try the 2009 Kunde Estate Zinfandel.

Burgundy wine picksClassy and versatile

If you want a delicious, classic wine with your Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate in class and style, go with white and red Burgundy. Both will pair beautifully with the variety of dishes on your table.

Burgundy wine picks

Keep it classy and stylish with the 2010 Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc white Burgundy. Its fruity, smooth with rich texture and structure. For a red Burgundy, try the 2009 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin. It's smooth, supple and is a beautiful bouquet of aromatic floral notes and red fruits.

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