Keep It Simple This Thanksgiving
With all the prep work that goes into putting on a fabulous Thanksgiving, we think the easiest thing should be the vino. Just pop the cork, pour, and enjoy. Enter: the all-new Better Homes & Gardens Wine Club. Not only does it take the guesswork out of picking the best wines (no matter the occasion), but it delivers real value—so you can make sure to have plenty of refreshments on hand for the big gathering. Remember, you don't need to drink it all; but it's nice to make sure that there's something for everyone—a nice Chardonnay for Aunt Joan, a bold Merlot for your husband, something sparkling for your niece on break from grad school.
Every bottle in our introductory collections will take you through Turkey Day in style (we have a case that's all reds, another that's all whites, and a mixed case for those who like it all). But we've picked our top 5 wines to make things even simpler. Get ready for your best Thanksgiving Day yet with these wines that are sure to please.
No. 5: Festive Prosecco to Kick Off the Party
Handing guests a glass of chilled fizz is a classy way to start any get-together—and Turkey Day's no exception. Alessandro Gallici's first-class Prosecco (featured in the BH&G Wine Club's mixed and whites collections) is overflowing with apple and pear flavors and is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face.
Want to score extra festive points? Make a batch of cranberry bellinis. For each serving, combine 1 oz. simple syrup with 2 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice. Top off with Alessandro's Prosecco when you're ready to serve and garnish with candied cranberries or a sprig of sugar-dusted rosemary!
No. 4: Smooth Sauvignon Blanc for Snacks
Sauvignon Blanc is a classic choice for cheese and other hors d'oeuvres—and it's one of the most popular white wines in the world. New Zealand is famous for its exhilarating, leap-from-the-glass examples, so it's just the thing to keep guests refreshed while the bird's in the oven.
Armed with your BH&G Wine Club mixed or whites collection, you'll pour a 91-point gem that top critic Sam Kim calls "fabulous." Serve it up with a classic cheese plate (goat cheese is the traditional pairing, though we like it with gruyere or mozzarella too) or treat your guests to our tasty cheese balls.
No. 3: A Savory Red to Settle In To
When the turkey's this close to being ready and your home's filled with all those intoxicating Thanksgiving aromas, that's when you'll want to tide over hungry guests. These mouthwatering appetizers will shine with a juicy, smooth red like Angelo Maci's succulent Italian Primitivo (aka Zinfandel). Savory foods pair best with this wine, like a tomato tart or herby potatoes. Decanter magazine judges called it a "superb value" that's "flooded with plums, honey, figs, black and blue fruit." Always a big crowd pleaser (and one of the stars of the BH&G Wine Club Sumptuous Reds Dozen).
No. 2: Creamy Chardonnay for the Turkey
Matching your turkey and all those sides with a tasty wine should NOT have to be a wild goose chase. But this Wild Goose Chase equals white wine pairing perfection. It's a lusciously barrel-fermented Chardonnay from California's excellent 2016 vintage that's nutty, creamy, and filled with ripe, orchard-fruit flavors. Match it with green bean casseroles, vegetarian stuffing, sweet potatoes, and more.
No. 1: Show-Stopping Pinot Noir for All the Fixin's
Having a good Pinot Noir on hand for Thanksgiving is a must. It's oh-so-silky and loaded with vibrant red-fruit flavor (kind of like cranberry sauce, only in your glass!). It sidles up well to turkey legs smothered in rich gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, and more. Purple Owl, part of the Better Homes & Gardens Wine Club introductory collection, is just as gorgeous on your table, too.
If all these wine options have you feeling anxious, fret not. The most important part of the holiday is, of course, to get together and catch up with family and friends over a delicious meal. Letting a service like the BH&G Wine Club take care of one of the planning details is a big help, too—a saving grace, really, since the introductory rate averages out to just $6 per bottle. So you can make sure to have plenty on hand for the holiday, and even send some home with guests along with the leftovers.
Hungry for more Thanksgiving planning tips?
- Your Comprehensive Thanksgiving Wine Guide
- Napa Valley, California, Thanksgiving Menu Ideas
- Turkey 101
- Top Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Slow Cooker Side Dishes for Thanksgiving
- Luscious Pumpkin Desserts
- Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas for Your Table Display
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