More Daring Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Table

Last week we shared 9 beautiful, crowd-pleasing wines, each of which will pair perfectly with the all of the flavors on the Thanksgiving plate. This week we have wines that are a bit more daring: they may not be for your beer-drinking Uncle Tom, but your sommelier-in-training cousin Susan will undoubtedly thank you for elevating her Thanksgiving dinner to new heights.

Broc Cellars Carignan 2013, CA $26.99

“A vibrant wine, Broc’s Carignan has zesty flavors of cranberry & blueberry, white pepper, and a touch of citrus zest. I love how it cuts through the heavier flavors of turkey & stuffing (much like a cranberry sauce does) and brings clarity to the whole Thanksgiving meal. A fun wine for a fun time.” – Liam


COS Frappato 2014, Sicily $34.99

“I’m a huge fan of Frappato – a still relatively-obscure grape to most. This one is light-bodied, has bright fruit and an earthiness with a lot of food-friendly acidity. The lively freshness keeps your palate from getting fatigued as you load up on that second plate, or third…” – Nick


2011 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany $27.99

“After a long day of pre-dinner snacking, your mouth needs a second wind and this Riesling is your answer. Have a glass or two as you sit down to dinner as the tastiest palate-fatigue cure you’ve ever had.” – Eric


NV Westport Rivers “Farmer’s Fizz” MA (off-dry) $15.99

“Because I hate candied yams, but love how their sweetness balances buttery mashed potatoes, rich roasted squash and a creamy green-bean casserole. These semi-sweet bubbles mimic that candied-ness and their ripe pear, juicy apple and bright melon flavors are tailor made for the turkey-day table.” – Katie


Michael David “Petite Petit” 2012, CA $19.99

“Not only will you show up to family dinner with the coolest looking bottle, but you’ll win brownie points for pouring this big, bold wine. A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, this wine offers rich, dark fruit flavors with hints of licorice and vanilla. A meal so full of flavor deserves a wine this rich to stand up to it.” – Alex


2013 Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah, Washington State  $17.99

“From one of my favorite winemakers, this Syrah is bold and earthy with black cherry notes. It pairs really well with fruity and herbal flavors and is, thus far, the best wine to pair with my Mom’s roasted garlic mashed potatoes.” – Rico