Rosé is often thought of as a summer or spring wine, but it’s actually a great transitional wine from summer to winter, aka, fall. It’s also a versatile wine in terms of food pairings, which makes it perfect for Thanksgiving. Here’s a roundup of some delicious wines to pair with your turkey and sides.
Hampton Water Rosé, $19.99
With its clean finish and versatile flavor profile, Hampton Water is a great fall wine. It pairs beautifully with an array of bounty on your Thanksgiving table, with everything from turkey and stuffing to pumpkin pie.
Ancient Peaks Winery One Stone Rosé 2021, $18
This wine pays tribute to women who move mountains, one stone at a time, as a portion of each bottle sold is donated to Dream Big Darling, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities and mentorship programs for the next generation of female leaders in the wine and spirits industry. With vibrant red fruit aromas and crisp acidity, this Rosé of Pinot Noir makes a delicious pairing with turkey and cranberry sauce.
BONDLE Rosé by La Navicelle, $110
This French magnum of rosé is a showstopper that will rival the turkey as a centerpiece. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting occasion to serve BONDLE’s rosé than Thanksgiving dinner,” says Duyen Ha, founder. “Rosé has somewhat of a dual personality that makes it a versatile food partner. When served chilled, it refreshes the palette like a white wine yet retains the depth and richness of a red.” Because turkey is served with numerous side dishes, this rosé pairs on many levels with the various textures and tastes. “Rosé can be used to complement or contrast this wide range of variety,” she says.
Mathew Bruno 2021 Dry Creek Valley Rosé, $34
Influenced by the traditional rosés crafted in the Rhone Valley, this dark pink rosé uses 100 percent Grenache grapes in stainless steel tanks. Its enticing aromas of stone fruit, melon and strawberry will complement the savory herbs and spices found in classic Thanksgiving dishes like crispy Brussels sprouts, sweet potato casseroles and classic turkey and ham entrees. But it also can be paired with the pies that finish off a great meal, too. “On the table and at a glance, the vibrant color of our rosé will have any wine lover curious enough to pair it with Thanksgiving dinner,” says Mathew Bruno, founder. “It’s perfect for reminiscing with family and friends as the day comes to an end.”
Juliet Rosé of Grenache, $45.99
The many dishes that dress a Thanksgiving table call for a versatile wine, and a dry wine like this Rosé of Grenache will stand up to the varied flavors on the table. Its fresh acidity and red fruit flavors balance the rich and creamy dishes will its spicy subtlety will enhance the herbs seasoning the meal.
Une Femme The Callie, $32
Sparkling rosé is always in season, and this is quite a lovely one. It will pair with roasted turkey, squash with sage and brown butter and even a kale caesar salad. Made of 90 percent zinfandel and 10 percent chardonnay grapes, this bubbly has juicy notes of ripe strawberries and rose petals.
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha, $10
This quintessential Garnacha is a light and delicious wine for your Thanksgiving table. With lush aromas of berries and white flowers, it is the perfect wine to awaken your palate. It’s fantastic to serve with your Thanksgiving appetizers.
Gamble Family Vineyards 2021 Rosé, $26
This salmon-hued rosé is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards across the Napa Valley. With the plethora of flavors usually on display at the Thanksgiving table, this rosé’s bright acidity, low tannins and light body can complement just about every dish. Bone dry and delightfully refreshing, this wine pairs especially well with a pre-meal crudité or a savory stuffing.
Inman Family Wines 2021 Endless Crush Rosé, $40
The 2021 vintage of Endless Crush® is made entirely from Kathleen Inman’s “Sonoma County Sustainable”-certified Olivet Grange estate fruit from the Russian River Valley. This beautiful pale pink wine is crisp enough to lift and elevate heavier Thanksgiving dishes like mashed potatoes or cheesy, buttery rolls.
The Pale Rosé by Sacha Lichine, $16.99
If you’re throwing a Thanksgiving soiree instead of just a party, then you might want to try The Pale. Chic and irreverent, it evokes New York’s glamorous mid-20th century party scene. This provençal rosé is dry and refreshing and will balance out the richness of your Friendsgiving table.
Château D’Esclans Rock Angel, $42.99
With a greater intensity and more richness than Whispering Angel, Rock Angel pairs well with so many dishes. Try pairing it this Thanksgiving with turkey and all its fixings.
Robert Mondavi Winery 2021 Napa Valley Rosé, $30
The very first Robert Mondavi wine released back in 1966 was a rosé, and the 2021 vintage honors this heritage.The Pinot Noir grapes in this wine were sourced from three Carneros, which brings a brightness and classic red fruit character. This complex rosé pairs amazingly with pumpkin lasagna topped with cranberry sauce.
Mezzacorona Ventosa Pinot Grigio Rosé, $16.99
With aromas of pink grapefruit, citrus and red fruits, this clean and crisp Pinot Grigio rosé will cleanse and refresh your palate between bites of your heavy Thanksgiving meal. Its delicate nature means that it won’t overpower your food but will pair especially well with vegetable dishes on your table.
Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021, $35
This bright and vivacious rosé will balance the richness of a Thanksgiving meal. Berry aromatics and floral undertones enhance a myriad of flavors in the holiday’s wide range of dishes, and it makes the perfect companion for roast turkey.
Alma Rosa 2021 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, $35
Sourced from Alma Rosa’s El Jabali estate vineyard in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita Hills this wine’s light, delicate pink color invites you to breathe in its wild strawberry and guava aromas that would dance beautifully next to a smoked or grilled turkey.
Goose Ridge Estate Winery Revelation Rosé by Goose Ridge 2021, $18
Rooted in four generations of strong women, who are steeped in vineyards, wine and grape growing, this rosé from Washington state boasts a lovely floral bouquet with notes of strawberry and watermelon. It’s perfect to sip while snacking on cheese before the main meal, but it pairs equally well with turkey and cranberry sauce.
DAOU 2021 Discovery Rosé, $24
Made from Grenache grapes in the classic Provençale style, this rosé is fragrant with generous aromas of peach, pear and nectarine with subtle notes of hyacinth and crushed rose petals. “Our Rosé is crafted with a singular focus on quality,” says Maeve Pesquera, senior vice president of DAOU Family Estates. “Thanksgiving is centered around connection with friends and family, and our delightful, vibrant Rose’ is the perfect pairing for the togetherness and joy of your table.”
Benziger Family Winery 2021 Rosé, North Coast, $26
A certified sustainable selection from Sonoma’s North Coast, this crisp and well-balanced rosé is an ode to the Benziger family, who founded their namesake winery four decades ago. It’s perfect for holiday gatherings with family and friends, and it pairs beautifully with so many sides on your holiday table.
Volatus Wine Bolter3 2021, $36
The Volatus Bolter3 2021 is an elegant yet powerful rosé, made with 100% Primitivo grapes. It boasts of a nice acidity while having a little more weight than other Rosés. A citrus profile is met by hints of savory undertones, making it a match for everything on the table, from candied sweet potatoes to a classic roast turkey, pairing well with both white or dark meat.
Chateau La Coste La Bulle, $28.99-$32.99
Provence is the benchmark for rosé but it’s unusual to find a rosé sparkling from the region. Made from the same varieties as their still rosés (Grenach, Syrah, Cinsault), all organically-grown, Château La Coste La Bulle traditional method bubbly will lend a festive pop of color to any holiday celebration. It pairs well with spicy appetizers, but it also complements the cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving table.
Markham Vineyards 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir Oak Knoll District Napa Valley, $30
Markham winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls says “How can you not have a smile on your face when you have a glass of pink wine in your hands?” and for Thanksgiving everyone wants a smile on their face. The Markham Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Full of strawberry cream with hints of rose petal aromatics, it’s a versatile wine for pairings with an array of Thanksgiving favorites.
Kind of Wild Wines Syrah-Grenache Rosé, $24
If you’re having an organic Thanksgiving feast, then you might want to pair it with Kind of Wild Wines Syrah-Grenache Rosé. Certified both organic and vegan by third parties, this lovely wine will pair up with practically everything vegetal on your table. This wine from the South of France also supports a variety of environmental nonprofits so you can feel good as you toast at the table.