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Top Ten Italian Thanksgiving Wines

Updated: Nov 19, 2022


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The mother of all family meals is almost upon us. As if navigating family dynamics, political infighting, family sports rivalries, cooking for a small army, and dietary restrictions weren't enough, there is always the question: What wine do I pair with my Thanksgiving dinner? Wine pairing can be tricky, especially when trying to appeal to a broad range of tastes.

Here are a few suggestions with their ideal pairings for a traditional menu featuring some Italian flourishes. These wines will appeal to various palates, are accessible, and are easy to drink. They also punch well above their price points and impress even the fussiest wine snobs at your table.

Best of all, you can easily order them from Arthur Cantina or Vivino so that they will arrive in time for the meal. One less thing to worry about, so you can concentrate on the seating arrangement.

  1. Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2020 $17

A crisp, round, medium-bodied, citrusy white wine from Piedmont that screams: "Turkey!"

Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and white wine drinkers of all stripes will love this offering. Easy drinking and a crowd pleaser.

Pairings: Turkey, shellfish, shrimp, vegetable crudites, white pasta, soft cheeses

2. Ca Del Bosco Franciacorta NV $40

This elegant sparkling wine from Lombardia is made in the traditional method like Champagne. The difference is that in addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Nero, they blend in a smidge of Pinot Bianco to lend a slightly floral quality and soften the finish. This quaffable wine is super versatile and can be paired with anything from appetizers to the desserts of your choice. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of wines.

Pairings: ALL

3. Terlan Pinot Grigio 2020 $20

Did you REALLY think this list wouldn't have a Pinot Grigio on it? But before you reach for the Santa Margherita, hear me out. Santa Margherita is overpriced and bland. It is like dishwater compared to this gorgeously textured wine, packed with flavors of yellow and green apple, a lip-smackingly tart mid-palate, and a quick, mineral-rich finish. It will give you a new appreciation for what Pinot Grigio can be if vinified correctly. Taste Terlan and St. Margherita side by side. It won't even be close. It will seem like the difference between watching a black and white TV with rabbit ears and a 4k LED HD TV.

Pairings: Turkey, stuffing, white pasta, leafy greens, potato salad, salumi.

4. Terlan Pinot Bianco 2021 $20