A Buffet of Thanksgiving Wine Pairings and Dishes

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Even for the unflappable cook, Thanksgiving can be a logistical challenge. But here's one thing you don't have to worry about this year: how to choose the best wines to match the variety of Thanksgiving dishes. Our wine experts have picked pairings to complement your favorite Thanksgiving classics, from roast turkey to pumpkin pie.

Bonus: Any of these wines will work well with any of the recipes, so feel free to sip away to your Thanksgiving heart's content.

Simple Roasted Citrus Turkey

Simple Roasted Citrus TurkeyPair Pinot Noir with Simple Roasted Citrus Turkey

Pinot noir, with its stone-fruit juiciness, and turkey are tried-and-true dinner table companions. The wine's earthy, mineral notes pick up on the comforting roasted flavors of the meat.

Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Mushroom and Chardonnay Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Mushroom and Chardonnay GravyPair Chardonnay with Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Mushroom and Chardonnay Gravy

You've probably heard of the old adage, “Cook with what you drink.” For this dish, an unoaked chardonnay boosts the buttery gravy and balances the sweet and savory starchiness of potatoes and parsnips.

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy OnionsPair Riesling or Chenin Blanc with Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

A generous topping of fried onions is a favorite part of green bean casserole. Their crisp saltiness, along with the creamy casserole base, means you need a light and fresh wine like chenin blanc or a semisweet to dry riesling to cut through those rich, savory flavors.

Cornbread Stuffing with Ham and Sweet Onions

Cornbread Stuffing with Ham and Sweet OnionsPair Rosé or Beaujolais with Cornbread Stuffing with Ham and Sweet Onions

Though it's a savory side, this dish offers a lot of natural sweetness. That makes it a prime candidate to pair with a dry, lighter-bodied red or rosé wine. The cornbread also enhances the fruitiness in rosé and beaujolais.

Cranberry-Berry Compote

Cranberry-Berry CompotePair Zinfandel with Cranberry-Berry Compote

Sugar-sweet berries balanced by the tart, tannic punch of fresh cranberries? Hmm, that sounds an awful lot like the big, deep, jammy flavors in our favorite fruity zin, which works especially well with this favorite Thanksgiving side.

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Pie

Pumpkin Creme Brulee PiePair Sparkling Wine with Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Pie

With a warm blend of spices and crackly caramelized sugar crust, a pumpkin crème brûlée pie is a stunner. A light, sweet, sparkling wine like prosecco or cava doesn't overwhelm, but enhances this clove-, cinnamon-, and nutmeg-spiced treat.

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