A Spirited Conversation: Cheers to Being Thankful


By: Anna Robertson Ham

You’ve got the turkey. You’ve made the pies. Now, what about beverages? Choosing the right drinks for your Thanksgiving and holiday meal is an important task. Guests all have varying palates and what they prefer to drink. A good rule of thumb is to provide at least two options of wine with a red and a white to choose from, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage such as tea or punch. Here are some good go-to choices to consider.


Pinot Grigio: zesty, dry and refreshing

Riesling: floral, spicy, with both dry or sweet options

Sauvignon Blanc: grassy, crisp and refreshing


Pinot Noir: light, fruity with older wines having a smoky essence

Syrah or Shiraz: spicy, peppery, fruity and smoky

Zinfandel: sweet, jammy and fruity

Red Blend: holiday meals have several components, so a good vino blend is not a bad choice for a host who is trying to limit too many options. It will keep the choices simple and blends serve as a great all-purpose option for the many flavors in a Thanksgiving meal.

Don’t be bashful asking your guests to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to sip on. That way, you are not worrying about pleasing everyone and guests will not feel bad about shunning your choices and bringing what they would prefer to drink. It’s a win win! Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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