Wine and Beer to Drink for Thanksgiving

Ever wondered what beers and wines you should have on hand for Thanksgiving? Well here’s the answer to help keep your guests “hydrated”!

1. Pinot Noir – This is a red wine that will pair perfectly for the whole meal, from the turkey to the fixings. The fruity and tart flavors are delicious for your Thanksgiving meal.
Favorites: Julia James Pinot Noir ($13/bottle) and Mark West Pinot Noir ($11/bottle)

2. Chardonnay – Slight creaminess and full body, Chardonnay is a great go-to white wine for Thanksgiving.
Favorites: Salmon Run Chardonnay ($12/bottle) and Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay ($17/bottle)

3. Riesling – If you’re looking for a fruity and light wine, this is it! Go for a dry Riesling, it is sweet without tasting exactly like white grape juice.
Favorites: Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling ($9/bottle) and Trimbach Dry Riesling ($17/bottle)

4. Malbec – A fuller bodied red wine compared to the Pinot Noir – really it’s just medium-bodied – but this is the ideal wine for colder weather.
Favorites: Cupcake Vineyards Malbec ($14/bottle) and McKinley Springs Horse Heaven Hills Malbec ($24/bottle)

5. Zinfandel – No, not White Zinfandel…that’s way different! This spicy, peppery red wine with subtle fruity flavors is a delicious pairing for Thanksgiving dinner.
Favorites: Big Smooth Old Vine Zinfandel ($18/bottle) and Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel ($13/bottle)

1. Pale Ale/IPA – This isn’t for your average beer drinkers, those who love craft beer will want Pale Ales and IPAs. Don’t forget to have a few of these on hand!
Favorites: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($9/12oz 6 pack) and SweetWater Brewing Company IPA ($8/12oz 6 pack)

2. Pumpkin Beer – Umm…it’s pumpkin beer. Need we say more? It’s a delicious pairing for Thanksgiving dinner because you get even more yummy pumpkin flavor!
Favorites: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale ($8/12oz 4-pack) and Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale ($8/22oz bottle)

3. Cider – For those who aren’t big on beer, cider is a lifesaver. Light, fruity and delicious, we can guarantee guests will be happy you have this adult apple juice on hand!
Favorites: Smith & Forge Hard Cider ($16/12 pack) and Magners ($11/6 pack)

4. Pilsner – This is a beer that guests can drink all day and not get filled up. It’s light, will keep everyone standing and everyone likes this beer.
Favorites: Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils ($10/12oz 6 pack) and Scrimshaw Pilsner ($10/12oz 6 pack)