The Four Best Red Wines for Thanksgiving

What are the best red wines for Thanksgiving?

Assuming that your Thanksgiving dinner will consist of the classics, like roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and the like, here are my suggestions:

Pinot Noir

It is still the darling of the red wine world, with good reason. A well-made Pinot is soft and juicy, flavorful and filled with the essences of ripe, red berries. Think about it: what flavors go naturally with roasted, gamey meats? Ripe, dark berry flavors– the same reason why venison (apparently?) tastes so good with fruit jellies and compotes.


Is Pinot Noir’s sister grape and it is the main grape used in Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau is a French wine that is the first wine released made from the 2014 grape harvest. It’s young and simple-tasting, but is guaranteed to go well with the flavors of roasted meats and long-stewed veggies.

Truly, these two are the best red wines for Thanksgiving.

Beaujolais Nouveau is literally red wine that is ceremoniously released in France to be eaten with fall feasts. You can’t get any better than that!


Especially zins from the Russian River Valley in California, are fruity reds that are super, super cheap. But be careful! They can be very tannic and dry. Be sure to open up zinfandels well before dinner, or aerate or decant them if you’re very sensitive to tannins. (Believe it or not, you don’t need any fancy equipment to decant wine– pour it in to a very clean flower vase and let it sit for 30 minutes, then funnel it back in to the bottle. Your guests will be none the wiser.)


Lambrusco is an Italian red wine that is actually fizzy and lightly carbonated. This is a great option if your Thanksgiving guests are novice or new wine drinkers.

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What are your favorite RED wines to drink on Thanksgiving?

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