The Skinny Strong Thanksgiving Wine Guide

The Skinny Strong Thanksgiving Wine Guide

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Hopefully you are enjoying the run up to the holiday season without undue stress or complications. Today’s post should illuminate at least one potentially perplexing element of the Thanksgiving dinner prep: How to choose the best wine to serve your guests or gift your lovely host or hostess.

Despite the popular interest in wine varieties and food pairings, for most of us, choosing the right wines to match a Thanksgiving meal packed with rich, varied flavors—not to mention satisfy guests with diverse palates—can end with aimlessly wandering the aisles of your local wine shop for hours. And who has the time and energy for that?

Now you can cross the task off your Thanksgiving to-do list. This list of wines is reliable, distinctive, sophisticated, delicious—and all you need to stock for turkey day. (Just remember to consume smartly and savor every moment!)


Category: Sparkling

Expert sommeliers agree: Sparkling wines are perfect for cutting through rich meats and creamy sauces, with the ideal balance of acidity and slightly sweet fruit notes. A good bubbly (whether champagne, sparkling wine, or prosecco) is festive and extremely versatile, so definitely include at least one in your Thanksgiving arsenal.

Try: Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut, Luxe or Blanc de Blancs (Columbia Valley); Noceto Moscato Frivolo (California)


Category: White

Put down the bottle of Chardonnay—especially if it’s of the classic oak and butter flavor profiles. Chards are generally on the dry side (as are many red wines), which doesn’t pair well with the sweet and salty Thanksgiving standards like cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and rich gravy. Instead choose whites with palate-cleansing high acidity and a little residual sugar, like Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Gewürtztraminer.

Try: Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner Kremstal (Austria); Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County); Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (Columbia Valley)


Category: Red

Finding reds with the necessary acidity and fruit flavors is a tougher challenge when some of your more traditionalist guests might have a tough time with anything that isn’t a Cab Sauv or Merlot. But they will thank you later. High-acid, low-tannin Pinot Noirs with rich fruit notes are perfect to stand up to bold flavors, as are Grenache-based blends and Zinfandels.

Try: Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); Château du Trignon 2012 Côtes du Rhône (France)


Your Skinny Strong Takeaways:

Skinny: Your stress from choosing the perfect wine or gift. That’s what we’re here for!

Strong: Your overall health by having a glass of wine at your Thanksgiving festivities. It’s about harmony and establishing a healthy balance when seeking better health. Be sure to “Strong” something for everything you “Skinny.”

I’m so happy to welcome you to our community. I founded Skinny Strong to inspire and empower individuals to thrive in their health and beauty. Skinny Strong is inspired by my own health challenges, and the discoveries I’ve made along the way that have given me the freedom to let go of confusion and guilt, take action and start living!

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