Thanksgiving is officially today, but if you’re in the UK you’re probably only celebrating this weekend, which gives you a couple days to run out and get these wines! Big holidays like Thanksgiving are not the time to start experimenting with wine or encouraging the ardent Chardonnay lovers in your life to try Riesling or Gewurztraminer. It’s about pleasing the crowd and picking wines that will be great to drink not only with the Turkey but with the astounding number of side dishes likely to be present, from aunt Billy’s green bean casserole to Uncle Bobby’s candied yams. If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving meal, the costs can really rack up and there’s no need to overspend on wine. Play it safe and keep everyone, including your bank balance, happy. Most people in the UK buy their wines from supermarkets, and within the hundreds of wines on display there are some fabulous bottles that offer exceptional value for money. Here are my recommendations for Thanksgiving wines, mostly under £10 with two wines that warrant spending an extra £3.
Start as you mean to go on, with this fun fizz…
The Freixenet Prosecco is available online, and practically everywhere that sells wine for around £10. I’m loving these bubbles at the moment. The shamelessly bling bottle is fun and frivolous and the drink inside is delicious too.
On the fresh and zippy side, Sainsbury’s have this Picpoul de Pinet that punches way above it’s weight at £6.50. It’s refreshing, lemony and totally moreish.
Tesco have a lovely Verdicchio di Matelica for £6.00 that is fresh, fruity and satisfying.
For the die hard Chardonnay fans at your table, the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Macon-Villages is sure to please. It’s £8.00 and a fine example of white Burgundy from the Macon.
The Cowrie Bay Merlot £7.49 from Waitrose is deliciously smooth and fruity, and would easily see you through the meal from Turkey to pumpkin pie.
From Tesco, their Finest Mercurey at £13 is a glorious Pinot Noir.
On the richer side, something fun from the US is Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Zinfandel (£13) It’s a big, bold, rich red wine that will stand up to anything Aunty Billy’s casserole might throw at your palate.
I wouldn’t bother cracking open the sweet stuff. What’s usually in order at the end of an enormous Thanksgiving meal is a strong black espresso followed by a coffee-nap. If, however, you’re planning to serve pumpkin pie to a small gathering of fellow wine enthusiasts, my ultimate pairing is Vin Santo. It’s sweet nutty depth marries unbelievably well with rich, sweetly spiced pumpkin pie.