Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines



For a little inspiration for your holiday feast, here is a list of master sommelier Ian Cauble’s top 10 Thanksgiving wines. In addition to starring in the documentary films Somm and Somm: Into the Bottle, Cauble is a cofounder of the e-commerce wine business SommSelect. Each day, he offers a unique wine selection from around the world to a list of clients via e-mail who receive access to some of the best prices online. Shipping is included on most orders. Join SommSelect.

I am the wine guy in the family, so when Thanksgiving comes around, the responsibility falls on my shoulders to choose the bottles. I find myself reaching for wines and sparklers from certain regions year after year—they pair well with the progression of the day and bring alive various components of the Thanksgiving feast.

We ritualistically celebrate the day at my parents’ house in Southern California, where we start with a delicious brunch accompanied by Champagne and other sparklers to fortify us for the task ahead. From there, I then find my place in the kitchen for most of the afternoon, cooking with many thirsty family members. I find myself uncorking a different wine every 20 minutes as the contents quickly disappear into my family’s seemingly bottomless glasses.

Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV

Champagne André Clouet Rosé #3 Grand Cru Brut NV

Château de Calavon 2014 Rosé Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

Evesham Wood 2011 Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec Willamette Valley Oregon

Weingut Knoll 2014 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau

La Rioja Alta 2005 Viña Ardanza Reserva

Mayacamas 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Olga Raffault 2001 Chinon Les Picasses Loire Valley

Marcel Lapierre 2014 Morgon Cru Beaujolais

White Rock Vineyards 2012 Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley

This article first appeared on Robb Report

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