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The Best Wines to Pair with Your Thanksgiving Dinner

HG Wine & Bar

The Best Wines to Pair with Your Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, think quality – not quantity

Keeping your circle small is sometimes preferable to large dinners with extended family and can be a chance to focus on quality — not quantity. As you plan a more intimate Thanksgiving, opt for roast chicken instead of turkey (most prefer it anyway), lay a beautiful table, and splurge on really good wine. We asked Shawn Augustine from the Vintages section of our local LCBO to hand-pick some of his favourite wines to pair with your harvest meal. Augustine reinforces that both red and white wines pair well with a Thanksgiving meal, but warns against heavier reds and oaky whites. Instead he suggests choosing a wine that blankets the entire dinner, such as a light-bodied Gamay or a South African Chenin Blanc. By focusing on small pleasures, you may just find a way to spread the attitude of gratitude during a remarkable time in our lives.

The Wine: Chateau Teyssier 2016


This bold Bordeaux scored a 93 from American wine critic, James Suckling, due to its aromas of plums, dark berries and hints of cedar and sandalwood.

The Glass: Zalto Bordeaux


The curve of the bowl of this glass is influenced by the tilt angles of the Earth, at 24 degrees, 48 degrees and 72 degrees. Lead free and ideal for Bordeaux, Rioja, Brunello, Merlot and Shiraz.

The Wine: Marchand-Tawse Côte de Nuits-Village 2017


This Pinot Noir from Burgundy is bright and fresh with considerable depth and a balanced finish. Look for cherry, earth and mineral notes.

The Glass: Pure Burgundy



This glass has a dramatically angled bowl for a contemporary product and perfect pour line for most reds.

The Wine: Novellum


Augustine's favourite pick for Thanksgiving, this French Chardonnay, was brought up in stainless steel, with just a hint of oak, resulting in a 91 rating by wine critic, Jeb Dunnuck.

The Glass: Zalto White Wine

Recommended for a full range of fruit-forward white wines, but also works nicely with a medium-bodied red.

Make it a Roast Chicken this Year

There's nothing quite like a roast chicken. At once rustic and sophisticated, it's fragrant, crackly and tastes like home. As we all know, food isn't just something we eat, it's an experience that's meant to be shared. So if you're looking to perfect your roast chicken skills this weekend, take your cue from one of the world's best chefs, Thomas Keller.

In Vino Veritas