Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast with French Wines

thanksgiving and wine

Holidays and feasts are synonymous with shared moments of joy and gratitude. Thanksgiving, a cherished occasion for many, is all about coming together to appreciate the blessings of the year. At the heart of this celebration is the Thanksgiving turkey, a culinary centerpiece that deserves an exquisite wine pairing. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the finest French wines to enjoy with your Thanksgiving turkey.

1/ The Classic Roast Turkey

When it comes to the classic roast turkey, the name says it all – it’s a classic! Its balanced flavors call for wines that can complement without overpowering.

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Chardonnay Elegance

A Chardonnay brings elegance to your classic roast turkey dinner. Its creamy texture and bright acidity harmonize beautifully with the tender meat, making it an ideal choice for this timeless tradition. SomMailier offers a range of French Chardonnays, like our Vincent Girardin – Blagny 1er Cru, which features apple and citrus notes, creating a delightful interplay with the turkey’s flavors.

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Our other Chardonnay wines:

Domaine La Croix Belle- Le Champ de Lys – Languedoc Blanc 2020

Anne d’Angely – Montmains 1er Cru Chablis 2019

Via Caritatis – Rhône Chardonnay 2019

The Versatility of Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is another versatile option for a classic roast turkey. Its gentle tannins and red fruit notes create a delightful contrast to the turkey’s savory character. SomMailier’s collection includes exceptional Pinot Noirs, such as the Domaine Pierre Laurent, which offers a delightful balance of red berries and a touch of spices. It’s a wine that will elegantly grace your Thanksgiving celebration.

Discover our other Pinot Noir wines:

2/ Smoked Turkey: A Flavorful Twist

smoked turkey with wines

For those who love a smoky twist to their Thanksgiving turkey, the wine pairing should match the bold flavors of the meat.

A Spicy Syrah

Smoked turkey pairs remarkably well with a spicy Syrah. SomMailier’s selection offers Syrahs with dark fruit notes and a hint of black pepper, enhancing the smoky essence of the turkey.

Try out our Syrah wines:

Michelas St Jemms – Crozes-Hermitage Red Blend 2021

Via Caritatis – Lux de Cælo – Ventoux Rosé 2020

Château La Genestière – Lirac 2020

Domaine Terra Noé – Ardèche Red 2020

A Rich Cabernet Sauvignon

Another excellent option is a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with its full-bodied structure and blackberry notes. This wine’s depth complements the smoky turkey’s bold flavors. Our Château Luchey-Halde will be the perfect companion for your dinner party

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3/ Herb-Roasted Turkey: A Flavor Explosion

herb roasted turkey

If your Thanksgiving table features an herb-roasted turkey, you’ll want wines that can accentuate the herbaceous qualities.

Aromatic Sauvignon Blanc

Aromatic Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful choice. Its herbaceous notes and vibrant citrus flavors pair wonderfully with the herb-roasted turkey, creating a harmonious combination.

Here’s some of our wines we recommend:

Clos D’Yvigne – Princesse de Cleves – Bergerac Blanc 2019

Terres les Amoureuses – Cuvée Pulsion – Ardèche Blanc 2020

Comte Jean Marechal – Sancerre 2020

4/Deep-Fried Turkey: A Southern Tradition

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Deep-fried turkey is a beloved Southern tradition, known for its crispy skin and succulent meat. It demands wines with vibrant flavors.

Sparkling Charm

The effervescence of sparkling wines, adds a touch of celebration to the deep-fried turkey. The bubbles cleanse the palate and enhance the overall dining experience. Champagne goes especially well with a deep-fried turkey, as it offsets the crispiness of the skin and brings out the grassy, herbal flavors of the bird.

Our champagne wines to try on a Fried turkey:

Champagne Cuperly – Grande Reserve Brut – Grand Cru

Duc de Chancay – Champagne Brut

Les Andides – Crémant de Loire Brut

5/ Wine Selection for Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey; it’s also about the variety of side dishes that grace your table.

Mashed Potatoes and a Buttery Chardonnay

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes, creamy and buttery, deserve a Chardonnay to enhance their texture and flavor. SomMailier’s Chardonnays offer a touch of oak and a balanced acidity, making them a great match for this beloved side dish.

Our chardonnay wines:

Domaine Terra Noé – Ardèche Blanc 2020

Château de Pizay – Beaujolais Blanc 2021

Château Pech de Jammes – South-West Blanc 2019


Thanksgiving is a time to savor the flavors of the season and celebrate the abundance of life. Choosing the right French wines to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey and its sidekicks can enrich the experience. SomMailier presents a selection of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Bordeaux wines, Sauternes, and Champagne to make your Thanksgiving feast truly exceptional.

As you gather with loved ones and express gratitude, raise a glass of SomMailier’s wines to toast to the joy of the holiday season. These French wines will not only complement your Thanksgiving dishes but also add an extra layer of warmth to the cherished moments you share around the table. Cheers to a Thanksgiving filled with good company, delicious food, and remarkable wine!

Want to learn more about French wine? We’re here to help! Why not check out our French wine club? Every three months we send direct to your door three, six, or twelve bottles of boutique French wines which have been carefully selected by wine experts in France along with detailed information about each wine and food pairing ideas to help you really discover French wine. And as if that wasn’t enough, we also have a wine club gift option for that special wine lover in your life! For the perfect last minute gift, send one of our digital gift cards.

We are also offering free shipping on 12-bottle orders within the continental US (including our 12-bottle Club Et Voila and Et Voila Gift options). We are also offering 50% off shipping of 12-bottle orders to Hawaii. Mix and match your favorites from our wine cellar, or stock up with 12 bottles of your favorite.

Julia is happy to help with any custom orders. Please reach out to her via email at julia@sommailier.com.