The 7 Best Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Featuring Texas Wine Varietals

The holidays are a time to celebrate gratitude, family, and hopefully a table full of food. In Texas, where viticulture is on the rise, the rich diversity of wines offers an array of delightful pairings for your traditional Thanksgiving meal. From robust reds to crisp whites, here are eight fantastic Texas wine varietals matched harmoniously with classic Thanksgiving dishes:

1. **Viognier with Roast Turkey**

Win the holidays with a bottle of Texas estate Reddy Vineyards 2019 Reserve Viognier. On sale for Thanksgiving, this micro-production blend was scored at 94 points by the Tasting Panel and won Best in Class at the San Diego Wine Challenge. The aromatic nature of the Viognier blend complements the flavors of roast turkey superbly. Its floral notes and hints of stone fruit cut through the richness of the meat.

2. **Tempranillo with Cranberry Sauce**

The Gold Medal winning, 2019 TNT Tempranillo provides silky tannins to pair with your table’s cranberry sauce. The bright acidity of Tempranillo perfectly balances the tartness of cranberry sauce, while its berry and earthy undertones enhance the festive flavors.

3. **Cinsault Rosé with Ham**

The light and fruity profile of 2019 Signature Dry Rosé pairs beautifully with the saltiness of ham, creating a refreshing contrast on the palate. This dry, Gold Medal, winning wine is also a winner with fruit, salad, or any seafood courses.

4. **Mourvèdre with Stuffing**

From steak to sides, the 2018 M3 Red Blend is versatile and crowd-pleasing. However, with the medium-bodied Mourvèdre included, with hints of dark fruit and spice, complements the savory complexity of stuffing, adding depth to each bite.

5. **Albariño with Green Bean Casserole**

Albariño’s crisp acidity and citrus notes cut through the creaminess of the casserole, elevating the dish with a refreshing contrast. For a sweeter take, go with the 2020 TX-LUSH Semi-Sweet White named the Top Texas Dessert Wine at the 38th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition.

6. **Cabernet Sauvignon with Mashed Potatoes**

The boldness of Cabernet Sauvignon stands up to the richness of mashed potatoes, while its dark fruit flavors and tannins add depth to the pairing. Reddy Vineyards’ 2019 TX BDX Right Bank Red Blend is the perfect mashed potato pairing with layers of red and black fruit, and spice undertones.

7. **Roussanne with Pumpkin Pie**

Roussanne’s honeyed notes and hints of spice harmonize beautifully with the flavors of pumpkin pie, enhancing its warmth and depth. Reach for a bottle of the 2019 VMR White Blend, for a medium-body, and aromatic bouquet. Featured in Forbes, this award-winning label is extremely versatile!

As you gather around the table this Thanksgiving, consider adding a touch of Texas to your celebrations with these splendid wine pairings. Cheers to a flavorful and joyous holiday feast!

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