The Ultimate Guide for Thanksgiving Pairings, Selected by Big Hammer Wines 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.

Let’s start with the bubbly pleasure! Because every part starts with sparkling wine.

Start the celebration by uncorking a bottle of the De Saint Gall 'Le Selection' Champagne NV. This dry, crisp and elegant Champagne is the perfect wine to toast on this special festivity.

Now that the festive spirit has kicked in, lets get down to the pairings. And remember, you always want to start from the lightest wine to the heaviest:

Appetizers & 2016 Qupe Central Coast Chardonnay

Butternut Squash Salad

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 and mouthwatering, and it is the perfect pairing for a buttery Chardonnay.

Shredded Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts is one of the most popular appetizers for Thanksgiving. They have a more neutral yet elegant taste, that is why they are the perfect dish for a table that is already filled with different and exciting flavors. Parmesan cheese gives Brussel Sprouts an even more special taste, and thanks to its creamy flavor, and slight bitterness, you will love to pair them with this Central Coast Chardonnay!

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Stuffing & 2017 Martellotto "Le Bon Temps Roule" Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

This is the classic stuffing that immediately takes you back to those Thanksgiving celebrations when you were a child. Made with onions, celery, fresh herbs, bread, and another combination of classic, non-pretentious ingredients that are perfect for an elegant Pinot Noir.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato has a very distinctive “fall flavor”, and like butternut squash, it is also a must-have for this celebration. This Pinot Noir from Martellotto has a great structure and sublime balance that will pair beautifully with this Thanksgiving dish.

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Sauces & 2019 Luciano Arduini Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore

Cranberry Sauce

This is possibly the most typical Thanksgiving sauce. An explosion of flavors in your mouth is happens when you combine the acidity and sweetness of the cranberry sauce, with the roasted flavors of the turkey, and the dried fruit flavors of the Luciano Arduini Valpolicella Ripasso.

Wine Gravy

Another classic for the grilled turkey main dish is this flavorful gravy, which you can even cook with the same Luciano Arduini Ripasso. This sauce will enhance the flavor of the turkey.

Main Course & 2015 Piedra Creek Benito Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel

Roasted Turkey

What is Thanksgiving without turkey? This dish is usually the star of the menu, around which all other dishes revolve. Roasted Turkey is a total classic! The roasted and caramelized flavors are perfectly complemented by the intensity and deepness of the Piedra Creek Zin!

Desserts & 2013 Qupe Marsanne Doux Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard

Pumpkin Pie

Dessert time! And without any doubt, the favorite course of many people. 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 sweet Marsanne.

Pecan Pie

Sweet + Sweet = Perfection, this pairing is for those with a sweet tooth! We all know there is no Thanksgiving without Pecan Pie; thanks to the nutty and caramelized flavors, this cherished dessert pairs lovely with a soft, velvety, and sweet wine like this Qupe Marsanne Doux Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard.

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