There’s no great mystery as to what to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Every year the usual suspects fill up tables across America—from turkey to gravy to stuffing to mashed potatoes to the strange casserole your aunt always makes even though no one eats it. While planning the menu is easy, knowing what wines to serve isn’t as straightforward. So we went to Kimberly Prokoshyn, the award-winning sommelier at New York’s Rebelle, to get some wine recommendations for pre-dinner drinks, reds and whites to have with the meal—and even wines that pair well with pie.
Regardless which wines you select, Prokoshyn has some advice for how you should approach wine and Thanksgiving. First, realize you’re serving a crowd with a diverse set of tastes, so this isn’t a time to get overly experimental. “I wouldn’t pick anything too weird or off-putting for a big group of people,” Prokoshyn says. “And nothing too light or too heavy.” You’re also looking for wines that work with a rich meal, the slightly gamey turkey and classic Thanksgiving herbs thyme, rosemary and sage. For whites, look for something with medium body that can hold up to the richness of gravy, buttery potatoes and stuffing. And when it comes to reds, don’t anything that’s too high in tannins (like Cabernet Sauvignon) because it won’t play well with the turkey.