The Ultimate Guide for Thanksgiving Pairings, Selected by OUR Expert Sommeliers

With tart cranberry sauce, meaty brown gravy, and flavorful pumpkin pie alongside the Thanksgiving turkey, finding the right wine to pair with the table’s plethora of flavors can be tricky. Food and wine have always been an essential part of this beautiful and meaningful celebration, I mean, can you imagine a Thanksgiving without a table full of tasty dishes and a glass of your favorite wine?

Today, Big Hammer Wines wants to raise the bar for this celebration; we know that the most important thing is being able to thank and toast to all the blessings that we have had throughout the year, and what better way than to do it with the best wines! 

The six bottles below pair with anything and everything that might make its way onto your Thanksgiving table. These wines will go perfectly throughout each stage of your Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving pairings


Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce & 2020 Luciano Arduini Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore

What is Thanksgiving without turkey? This dish is usually the star of the menu, around which all other dishes revolve. Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce is a total classic! The roasted and caramelized flavors combined with the sweetness and tanginess from the cranberry sauce are perfectly complemented by the intensity and deepness of the 2020 Luciano Arduini Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore

Shredded Parmesan Brussel Sprouts & 2020 Domaine Claude Manciat 'Courtelong' Pouilly-Fuisse

Brussel Sprouts is one of the most popular side dishes for Thanksgiving. They have a more neutral yet elegant taste; that is why they are the perfect companion for a turkey that is already full of flavors. Parmesan cheese gives them an even more special taste, and thanks to its creamy flavor, and slight bitterness, you will love to pair them with the 2020 Domaine Claude Manciat 'Courtelong' Pouilly-Fuisse.

Butternut Squash Salad & 2021 Château de Thauvenay Sancerre

When we think of this celebration, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the squash. They are on every Thanksgiving table, and one of the signature dishes is Butternut Squash Salad. This dish is creamy, sweet, mouthwatering, and perfect to pair with a Reserve Chardonnay, like the 2021 Château de Thauvenay Sancerre

Sweet Potato Casserole & 2015 Château La Création Pomerol

Sweet Potato has a very distinctive “fall flavor”, and like butternut squash, it is also a must-have for this celebration. This Bordeaux from the right bank is an oustanding, extremely balanced wine with a long and lively finish good structure. It wil pair beautifully with this Thanksgiving dish.

Pumpkin Pie & Arlaux Premier Cru Champagne

Dessert time! And without any doubt, the favorite course of many. One of the most esteemed desserts for fall time is Pumpkin Pie. This pie is an explosion of flavors and its spicy ingredients and creamy texture make it the perfect pairing for bubbles. Try it with the Arlaux Premier Cru Champagne. 

Pecan pie & 1996 Talosa Vin Santo Di Montepulciano DOC 

Sweet + Sweet = Perfection, this pairing is for those with a sweet tooth! We all know there is no Thanksgiving without Pecan Pie; and thanks to the nutty and caramelized flavors, this cherished dessert pairs lovely with a soft, velvety, and sweet Port just like the 1996 Talosa Vin Santo Di Montepulciano DOC 375ml.

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