12 Affordable Wines for Thanksgiving
Crisp and Refreshing Whites
2008 Erath Pinot Gris, $13
Talk about fruity. From a veteran Oregon winemaker, this lively pick is redolent of pear, ripe banana, and peach blossom.
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2009 Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling, $13
Fresh and light, with a kick (sorry) of apricot and lychee.
Gruet Brut Champenoise NV, $15
Get the party started with this dry New Mexican sparkler. Among the highlights: fine bubbles and the slight pucker of green apple.
Lush and Round Whites
2009 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier, $14
What do you get when you mix two winning grapes? All sorts of delicious flavors, like honeydew, peach, and jasmine. Bliss.
2008 Hayman & Hill Russian River Valley Reserve Selection Chardonnay, $14
Big and rich, with a bright finish, this pick is extra turkey-friendly, thanks to tasty notes of tropical fruit, butterscotch, and oak.
2009 Bonny Doon Vineyard Ca’ del Solo Muscat, $15
Not to be confused with the sticky dessert wines also made from Muscat, this not-too-sweet white seduces with aromas of honeysuckle and basil.
Soft and Fruity Reds
2008 Pertinace Barbera d’Alba, $15
Hints of blackberry, black cherry, and violets add elegance to this zippy wine from Italy.
2008 Georges Dubœuf Morgon Jean Descombes, $15
Loaded with aromas of black currant and roses, this Beaujolais is surprisingly jammy without being overpowering.
2009 Matua Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir, $14
Everything we love about Pinot Noir: Bing cherry notes, a medium body, and a floral, smoky perfume.
Bold and Rich Reds
2006 Montevina Zinfandel, $11
A juicy example of one of America’s great grapes. Easy to drink on its own yet complex enough to stand up to the heartiest dishes on the table.
2008 Heartland Stickleback Red, $12
Made from an unusual blend of Italian varietals, this spicy, plummy red takes hold and won’t let go. Super satisfying.
2008 Planeta La Segreta Sicily IGT, $14
A lush, vibrant mix of Nero d’Avola, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc—think dark berries, cloves, and plums.