Now that your turkey is brining and the table is set, let’s talk wine. Sweet Shark is our resident sommelier, my go-to wine guy. He reads about wine, shops for wine, tastes wine and makes copious notes about the wines we drink and serve at home. He writes down the date, the vintage, the source, the price, and what he thought about the wine. But one thing he is not is a wine snob. He firmly believes that good wine does not have to be expensive. When you are hosting a dinner, especially a special one like Thanksgiving, you want to offer your guests quality wine pairings with your meal without breaking the bank. So I asked Sweet Shark to come up with his list of 20 wines under $20 you should try for Thanksgiving.
It didn’t take him long because he already had a list. We have both tasted all these wines over time because we would never recommend a wine we had not tasted. We purchased all the wines either at Total Wine or Specs, national stores that most folks have access to. And all cost under $20. I’ve included the price that we paid here in Dallas. And he promised that all will pair beautifully with turkey and all the trimmings.
I’ve provided links sources that give more information about each wine. I hope this information is helpful and enhances your Thanksgiving celebration. Sweet Shark and I hope you like whatever you choose. Enjoy and drink responsibly.
Sparkling (It’s always nice to offer your company a sparkling wine for a toast to the occasion. We always have chilled champagne glasses in the freezer.)
Gruet Brut ~ New Mexico $17
Amici ~ Napa $15
Andronicus ~ Napa $20
Edna Valley “Paragon” ~ Central Coast $15
Chamisal ~ Central Coast $16
Qupe ~ Santa Barbara County $18
William Hill ~ North Coast $16
Adler Fels ~ Russian River Valley $16
The Expedition from Canoe Ridge ~ Washington State $15
Talbott “Kali Hart” ~ Monterey County $16
Byron ~ Santa Barbara County $15
Cloud Break Reserve ~ Santa Lucia Highlands $16
Rockview Reserve ~ Monterey County $16
Hahn “SLH” ~ Santa Lucia Highlands $20
Klinker Brick ~ Lodi $16
Joel Gott “815” ~ Napa $19
Oak Ridge ~ Lodi $13
Tavel ~ France $19
à votre santé, salud, chin chin, cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving.