Top Wine Picks For Your Thanksgiving Table

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

We’ve turned to local wine experts from The Vino Gallery and 33 Wine Shop for their top picks for toasting this Thanksgiving. From a Californian white to a Willamette red and even a festive sparkler, take a look at their suggestions to ensure your holiday table is complete with the best bottles that won’t break your budget.

Image courtesy of The Vino Gallery

Hamacher “H,” Pinot Noir
Alex Head from The Vino Gallery loves this wine for its “awesome structure, perfect for drinking while cooking or chowing down on the bird.” Notes of Bing cherry and molasses round out the acidity of this pinot noir from the famous wine region of Willamette, Ore.

Ojai “Bien Nacido Vineyard,” Chardonnay
This pick from California’s Santa Maria Valley was suggested by James Smallwood of 33 Wine Shop because of the wine’s subtle oak, medium weight and crisp finish. Smallwood says that the welcomed acid in this American wine “will pair nicely with the spectrum of dishes on the holiday table.”

Lucien Albrecht “Crémant d’Alsace,” Brut Rosé
Bubbles aren’t just for ringing in the New Year, and James Smallwood picked out this pure pinot noir sparkler for its lush palate and creamy finish. You’ll detect red berries and citrus on the nose and taste a slight sweetness balanced by bitter notes, which will help keep your taste buds invigorated between each bite of turkey. Plus, the blushing pink sparkler looks fun and festive in the glass!

Whether you’re playing host or looking for a good gift to bring, any of these wines will be sure to please this Thanksgiving. Each bottle has a price tag within the $20-30 range and can be found locally at The Vino Gallery or 33 Wine Shop.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., The Central West End, 314.932.5665

33 Wine Shop, 1913 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.231.9463

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