Posted October 29, 2018

Perfect Pairing: Thanksgiving Wine Picks

Eat + Drink

Don’t forget about the wine for your Friendsgiving table! Our resident Director of Beverage, Kat Wojcik, recommends some of her top picks to serve along with your turkey and favorite side dishes.

Private Dining at the Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

Set your Friendsgiving table with expert wine pairings.


For white wine lovers, a dry Riesling is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Check out the Trocken Riesling from R. Prüm, or if you prefer to keep it stateside, try the Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling from Washington State.

Beaujolais Nouveau

Fruity and flirty, Beaujolais Nouveau—released the third Thursday in November—pairs with so many foods, from roasted vegetables to sweet cranberry sauce. If you’d like something with more body and earthiness, try a Cru Beaujolais from the same lovable grape, Gamay.

The ever-popular Louis Jadot Beaujolais Nouveau has been present at the Thanksgiving table for years. For an interesting comparison, try a Beaujolais from Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Jean Ernest Descombes, or Michel Tete, all from different ‘crus’ of the area.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is November 15th this year—pick up a bottle of 2018’s harvest for Thanksgiving.

Rhone Blends

Explore red Rhone blends to complement the turkey and starches at your gathering. You can’t go wrong with anything from the Famille Perrin for your Rhone fix. Start with a Côtes du Rhône or Vinsobres and explore their many selections.


A slightly spritzy dry Lambrusco is also an excellent match for classic Thanksgiving dishes. Lambrusco has so much personality—try this light-hearted wine from Cavicchioli.


Rosé continues to rise in popularity and pairs especially well with traditional Thanksgiving fare.


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