Thanksgiving Day Wines


Some of us pour so much effort into the logistics of our Thanksgiving meal—Do we have enough chairs for everyone? Will the cousins get along?—that what we drink alongside the feast often becomes an afterthought. To keep you from blemishing your celebration with a wine that’s not quite right, we consulted with three local wineries about what to pair with turkey and all the trimmings.

Gina Genshlea of Revolution Wines in midtown Sacramento recommends pouring its Zinfandel ($26) alongside your big bird. It’s a lighter-style Zin that’s dry and more delicate, she says, with “softer tannins but still a nice structure.” Revolution’s winemaker, Craig Haarmeyer, meanwhile, will be pouring the 2011 Chardonnay ($10) at his Thanksgiving table. It has “varietal character without being overly soft, round or too buttery,” says Haarmeyer. “There is soft mouthfeel but also some crispness and fruit.”

Brent Dorey, owner of Dorey Cellars, says his Syrah ($22.95) is a great match for turkey and the requisite sides. “It’s from Amador and is not quite as powerful as Syrahs from other regions,” he says, but is evenly balanced with “a little bit of spice reminiscent of pumpkin pie.”

Perry Creek Winery’s Altitude: 2401 Barbera ($22) is the first choice of Perry Creek tasting room manager Cynthia Kirk. She favors its notes of “nice bright cherry and currant” and “tiny bit of smokiness.” The medium-bodied wine is “not over-the-top jammy,” instead boasting “subtle flavors and characteristics.”