Holiday season snuck up quickly this year – I blinked and we are already half way through November! This year, I’m hosting a Friendsgiving at my place and am excited to celebrate one of my favorite holidays with some of my best girl friends (although one of my best friends just moved half way across the country, so I’ll be missing her!).
Last year, I wrote a guide on best wines for Thanksgiving (read it here!) but this guide is aimed more at affordable wines that are perfect to share with friends of all wine-loving levels.
For pre-dinner socializing
Before the turkey (or ham in our case!) is bust out, entertain your guests with a light wine to pair with appetizers like cheese, crackers, and fruit. I would recommend Bowman Cellars Rosé ($28 for the first bottle, $24 for refills – only available on tap at their tasting room) or Dutton Estate 2017 Kylie’s Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc ($27). Both of these wines are crowd pleasers and are light enough on the palate to be great starters.
During the main meal
For the main meal, I would recommend a red wine that has a bold enough flavor to hold up against different dishes – from ham/turkey with cranberry sauce, mac n cheese, stuffing, etc. I really enjoy the Rodney Strong 2016 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) or the Ferrari Carano 2016 Zinfandel ($28). If you are looking for a little bit of a splurge to share with your wine aficionado friends, I’ve recently fallen in love with the Mt. Brave 2015 Mt. Veeder Merlot ($80).
Post-meal dessert wines
For after dinner, I love to round out the night with a glass of sparkling wine. A few of my current favorites are the Bowman Cellars Blanc de Noir ($38), Roederer Estate Brut Rosé ($28.99), and Iron Horse Vineyards 2015 Russian Cuvée ($45).
Let me know what you plan to serve at your celebration this year in the comments. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and/or Friendsgiving wherever you are. Cheers to the holidays!