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When it comes to the Thanksgiving menu, there’s a lot to think about. After deciding on the dinner spread, it’s time to choose a wine to complement your array of meats, salads, vegetables, casseroles and sauces. Green Turtle Wine and Spirits is sharing the best wines for Thanksgiving, both red and white, to help you prepare for the perfect feast.

Red Wines for Thanksgiving

Pinot Noir

This red wine is a favorite at almost any occasion, but especially at Thanksgiving. Its subtle earthy tones and rich, fruity flavor pair well with every dish on the table, from stuffing to oyster casserole.


Zinfandel pairs well with lighter meats like turkey, combining several varieties of ripe berries, herbs, spice aromas and oak flavors. This red makes for the quintessential Thanksgiving feast wine.


Chinon is a popular red wine for Thanksgiving, fusing herbal undertones and tangy red grapes. The light French red is the perfect acidity for pairing with white meat, which makes Chinon one of the best wines for turkey dinner.

Beaujolais Nouveau

An excellent red wine for Thanksgiving, Beaujolais Nouveau offers a wide range of fruity notes that pair well with all elements of your meal, from turkey, to mashed potatoes, to cranberry sauce.

White Wines for Thanksgiving


This white wine pairs well with any of your turkey dinner fixings: spicy, sweet or salty. Whether dry, semi-sweet, sweet or sparkling, this wine’s grape variety and apricot, apple and honey flavors complement all sides on your Thanksgiving plate.


A tart and spicy palette allure make Gewürztraminer a perfect pairing for turkey and gravy. The white wine’s apricot, lychee and pineapple aromas will add flavor to every bite of your meal.


Chardonnay is a classic, versatile white wine for Thanksgiving. The green grape acidity complements all textures and flavors on your plate and heightens your meal. If you want to get fancy for the occasion, grab a sparkling bottle!

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc offers crisp, citrus-based flavors and herbaceous notes that pair well with the likes of turkey, mashed potatoes and sautéd vegetables. This white is also perfect for enjoying with soft cheese spreads before dinner.