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The Tasting Room’s Favorite Wines for Thanksgiving

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what wines you’ll be bringing to or serving at Thanksgiving Dinner. If you’re a guest, bringing the perfect wine is a tasteful way to show your host how much you appreciate their hospitality. And if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, serving the best Thanksgiving wine will certainly impress your guests and make for a memorable holiday.

The Tasting Room, a wine and whiskey bar in Downtown Syracuse, has put together a list of five wines that we think would make an excellent addition to any Thanksgiving party. We specialize in wine (and whiskey) pairings and we’ve selected five premium bottles that we carry here at our Syracuse restaurant and bar.

So whether you’re hosting or attending Thanksgiving this year, here are our Thanksgiving wine picks that are sure to wow the crowd…

Trimbach Riesling 2021 - AOC Alsace

It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving wine list without a Riesling! Elegant and dry, this Trimbach Riesling pairs perfectly with the real star of the meal – turkey. The French wine has a balanced liveliness and the Riesling’s crunchiness and notes of both citrus and white flowers lead to a nice saline finish. Aside from pairing perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey, the Trimbach Riesling 2021 also pairs nicely with seafood, mixed salad and fine dishes.

Lucas & Lewellen 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir

This fine Californian wine is dry and light bodied, making it excellent for both a Thanksgiving meal or for enjoying while grazing the hor d'oeuvres. This wine is made with crushed pinot noir grapes that have been pressed after only one to two hours of skin contact, producing the gorgeous rose hue. The wine has complex aromas with layers of fruity, flinty and perfume-like qualities, and it’s crisp with notes of strawberry and citrus blossom.

Barton & Guestier Beaujolais Les Violettes Gamay

If you want to bring a Thanksgiving red that will stand out from the rest, this is the one. This French wine is made with 100% Gamay Noir grapes from the right bank of the Saône in Eastern France. The wine’s aroma offers an explosion of red fruits – raspberry and cherry – with nice notes of violet to delight the senses. Barton & Guestier Beaujolais Les Violettes Gamay is well-balanced on the palate, making it a great wine for dinner or for enjoying on its own.

Paul Buisse Crémant De Loire Rose

For a sparkling wine that’ll wow, go with this sparkling rose blend. This one is both elegant and vivacious, and it makes the perfect wine for a Thanksgiving toast with family and friends. The wine features a blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Pineau d'Aunis to create beautiful aromas and flavors of juicy strawberries and raspberries. Be sure to serve this wine chilled.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend this complex and balanced Pinot Noir. Because after all, every Thanksgiving dinner needs a Pinot Noir. The wine offers aromas of red fruits – cherry, raspberry and cranberry – accented by notes of florals and baking spices. It's round and full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of dark fruit, earth, game and minerality. Pair this wine with Thanksgiving dinner or with the pre-dinner cheese board.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Tasting Room

We hope you enjoyed our selection of the best wines for Thanksgiving. If you have time to stop into our Syracuse restaurant before the holiday, we have each of these wines in-house and we would be more than happy to recommend pairings from our food menu.

Lastly, we just want to mention how thankful we are for your business and for giving us the opportunity to show you what we’re passionate about – great food, wine and whiskey pairings! We hope you enjoy your holiday!

For our full wine menu, click here.

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