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The Crowd-Pleasing Red Wine That’ll Pair Perfectly With Your Thanksgiving Turkey

*Chef’s kiss.*


Choosing wine for your holiday parties can be tricky — ahead, some of your best bets for pleasing a crowd.

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“If you are eating a winter roast or stew, you can't go wrong with the 2018 Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Hourglass,” says Michael Evans, CEO and founder of The Vines. “Or, [for] something more affordable, my own Uco's Playground Blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec.”
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Roberto Cipresso
Rosso di Montalcino
“When we get closer to the end of the year, Roberto Cipresso Rosso di Montalcino is excellent with Peking duck, which is always great around the holidays,” explains Evans.
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Hyland Estates
2017 Coury Clone Pinot Noir
“The mix of riper red fruit, black tea, cola soft tannins, and refreshing acid makes this wine a priority for the holidays,” says Advanced Sommelier and bar manager of Artusi, Tahlia Bolden. Lean turkey, rich gravy, and cranberry will sing with this wine.”
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“For those looking for a richer wine, I turn to the Rhone Rangers in Washington State. The Syrahs from this region have really come into their own.” shares Bolden. “These wines are made for food or sipping solo by the holiday fire.”
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Jean Foillard
Morgon Cote du Py 2018 750ml
“Cru Beaujolais, aka gamay noir, was a game-changer for me,” says Bolden. “The fruit is a little darker and there is a confected strawberry jam note with just enough acidity in the background of an otherwise very dry wine that keeps me coming back.”
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“When thinking of what to pair with rich holiday foods, I love Rhône wines,” Paola Embry, Wine Director at Wrigley Mansion, tells TZR. “[They’re] perfect to pair with game meats, lamb, stews, hearty winter foods, mushrooms, and winter vegetables.”
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R. Lopez de Heredia
Vina Bosconia Reserva 2008
“Spanish wines are also great for the holidays,” says Embry. “Rioja and Tempranillo work well with lamb, grilled meats, and heartier dishes.”
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San Fereolo
Austri Langhe Rosso 2013
“Barbera wines are easy to drink. [They’re] great for the holidays and those that might not be used to drinking wine regularly,” says Embry. “Those who like Pinot Noir will enjoy Barbera wines as they are tart with cherry and ref fruit flavors with great acidity.”
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