The Right Wines for Your Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

There are a thousand ways to make your Thanksgiving Day table beautiful. And that’s just from Martha Stewart. (OK, we exaggerate. The number is 40.)

This is as it should be for the great American feast. Except for a local Turkey trot in the morning and maybe a little football in the afternoon, the entire day is devoted to the meal. Naturally, you want to make the presentation spectacular in every way.


So maybe you want to give Martha’s Inkjet-Transfer Thanksgiving Place Mats a go, or her Cardboard Leaf Trivets. Then again, over on the Real Simple site, that Vintage Mishmash theme is appealing in a quirky way. Or maybe HGTV’s Less is More is your style?

As you rock your dazzling decor, whether it’s on a buffet that you’ll herd your crowd through or a big dining room table where everyone will sit, here’s one more thing to think about: What wine bottles will you set amid the splendor?

There is, to be sure, plenty of advice to be found on the subject of pairing wine with Thanksgiving Day food. Every wine writer takes it on, every year. They feel obligated. And as sure as the just-a-little-dry turkey breast will require a smothering of gravy, theses scribes will recommend you go with versatile wines – nothing too tannic, nothing too oaky, whites with good acidity, reds with bright fruit – wines that can appeal to all tastes and get along reasonably well with the hodgepodge of flavors that the meal typically brings.

To our thinking, that leads right to the protea Chenin Blanc, a wine with great balance, good natural acidity and fruit concentration, and protea Red, a blend with a good core of fruit, medium body and subtle but discernible tannin.

And then there’s the designer-inspired bottles, addressing a Thanksgiving need the wine writers ignore – but that Martha would surely appreciate: They’ll be lovely on your table.

Photo: The “Paradise in Bloom Thanksgiving Arrangement” from Anuhea Flowers.

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