Of all of the holidays, Thanksgiving is perhaps the best holiday for trying out a new bottle of wine. With all of the different side dishes that could grace the table in front of you and all of the different palates of your various friends and family, chances are there’s going to be someone to drink whatever it is you bring to dinner (even if it’s just you, sitting in the other room while watching football … we won’t judge).
A new bottle of wine, though, also helps to bring people together. Unless you’ve got a sommelier in your family, the wine offers a chance to engage in conversation that doesn’t skew towards religion, politics, or anything else that might make for a sour meal.
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60 percent) and Sémillon (40 percent), this white Bordeaux has notes of fresh white peaches, wet hay, and lemon meringue and offers a crisp body (with a little bit of creaminess) that leads in a nice, long finish.
Mineral and floral notes greet you on the nose of this California-made Riesling. These are carried through into the palate but are quickly replaced by a mix of sweet and savory notes, including lemon curd. Overall, the wine is crisp and clean and pairs well with a variety of dishes.
Crisp and acidic, you will find ample amounts of apple, apricot, and honey-soaked pear, each of which lingers on the palate. A slight hint of licorice flavor adds complexity to the wine and helps it complement many different dishes.
Very rich in character, this Sauvignon Blanc not only expresses the aroma of citrus you would expect in the wine but also spice characteristics due to the fact that it spends three months aging in Casa Noble añejo tequila barrels. Heavy vanilla notes are abundant.
Rich and mineraly, this Chardonnay expresses large amounts of freshly toasted bread, lemon, stone fruits such as peaches, and even some freshly-grated nutmeg. With some savory notes in the body of the wine, this wine will pair perfectly with whatever your main course is.
Not just a mouthful to say, this dry Gewürtztraminer from the Sonoma coast is made from a mix of 10-year-old and 44-year-old vines. Bright and acidic, you’ll find jasmine blossoms and lychee mixing with Asian pear and pickled ginger flavors. Citrus flavors carry through the palate into the dry, medium-length finish.
Made from 28-year-old vines, this is a full-bodied Pinot Noir from Oregon that perfectly complements any red meat dishes you might be serving. Earthy on the nose with oak notes following, you’ll find black tea, red currant, and plum on the palate. Fruit tannins carry you through for a long finish.
Created using biodynamic grapes, this Grenache has a mix of sweet and savory flavors, from black cherries (which is fitting considering the vineyard sits on a former cherry tree farm) to rosemary, sage, and black pepper. The tannins are balanced and lead into a lingering finish.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60 percent) and Merlot (40 percent), is the result of extreme precision from the vineyard and winemaking teams. Fruity, silky and full-bodied, the wine present a nice rounded character with a spicy finish that caters to lovers of both Cabernet and Merlot.
Redolent of both black cherries and blackberries, the body of this New Zealand is a fairly full-bodied wine with plenty of berries across the palate. These mix with balanced tannins and lead into a finish where you’ll get dark chocolate and red licorice flavors.
While this wine could (and probably should) benefit from some time in the bottle, there is nothing wrong with popping it open ASAP. You’ll find loads of red berry flavors mixing with floral notes, some orange peel, and a little bit of chalky minerality through the nose, palate, and finish.
Made by the managers of Chance the Rapper and Skrillex (Pat Corcoran and Tim Smith, respectively) in collaboration with sommelier Ryan Arnold, this wine is a blend of Atlas Peak Syrah and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. You’ll find a great amount of depth and bright cranberry notes that make it both intriguing and crushable.