5 Pacific Northwest Wines to Serve at Thanksgiving

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

With less than one week until Thanksgiving, you may be scrambling to nail down your menu.

I'm here to make one thing easy for you: the wine list.

Whether you're serving Turkey, tofurkey, or tacos, here are five wines that you'll want flowing on the Day of Thanks from Walla Walla to the Rogue Valley.

1. Tempranillo, Abacela, $23

Climates in Southern Oregon mimics European temperatures and seasons. Tempranillo, a wine that's native to Spain, matures quickly and makes for a smooth red that pairs best with Spanish tapas and... anything you're serving for Thanksgiving. More specifically, appetizers and pre-mealtime cheese boards.

2. Healy Rosé, Bledsoe Family Winery

(for purchase at tasting rooms, only)

Grown in the Walla Walla, Washington, this Rosé is a low-alcohol, high-acidity wine. The citrus notes in this Rosé make it great for your salad and dessert course. This Rosé also makes for a wonderful addition to your pre-turkey brunch.

3. Viognier, RoxyAnn Winery, $20

I was never a white-wine drinker, until one summer afternoon 10 years ago when I paired a Viognier alongside a lettuce wrap. It was love at first sip and I'm happy to have welcomed the lighter varietals into my life. RoxyAnn's light and slightly tart Viognier is one of my favorites out of the PNW; this wine will be great for anyone who may not love the deeper blends or for early-afternoon sipping.

4. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Va Piano Vineyards, $65

A true bold red for those who love a full-bodied pour. This wine would be great with a serving of beef, you know, if you're into that kind of thing on Thanksgiving. The Estate Cab will be great with sides like potatoes and gravy and balance out the cranberry on your turkey.

5. Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyard, $33

Light, fruity, and smooth. Pinot Noir is the one-size-fits-all for red and white aficionados, alike. This 2015 from Willamette Valley Vineyards can be enjoyed from tapas to turkey and won't leave you feeling too full (well, at least from wine).

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