Drinks shouldn’t be an afterthought when it comes to planning our Thanksgiving spread. But with so much to think about, beverages are often the last thing on our list.
Thankfully, Amelia has already done most of the hard work for us. Every fall during our annual Winestock celebration (get 15% off cases of wine), she brings in an eclectic mix of easy-drinking wines that will pair nicely with your holiday meals.
She’s also a big fan of Vermont ciders and sparkling wines for a fun, festive twist on your traditional Thanksgiving lineup.
Here are her Thanksgiving picks:
Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Nouveau
Just released! Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the beginning of the holidays. This wine is made with hand-harvested Gamay grapes from a small vineyard in Denice, France, that has been family-owned and operated for seven generations. The vineyard is located just south of Bordeaux in the heart of the Beaujolais appellation. It has a bright ruby color with red and black fruit flavors and notes of fresh strawberries. An excellent accompaniment to just about anything on your Thanksgiving table, from cheeses to turkey and vegetables. $14.99 per bottle. Add it to your cart for Curbside pickup.
Cotes du Gascogne
This wine is produced by the Gessler family, fourth-generation winegrowers in the southwest of France. The region is known for its dry white wines. Tropical fruit flavors pair nicely with all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. It also has a low alcohol content of 11%, a nice bonus! $9.99 per bottle. Add it to your cart for Curbside pickup.
Anton Bauer Wagnon Pinot Noir from Austria
This light-bodied red wine is produced by fourth-generation Austrian Anton Bauer. The grapes are handpicked on the winemaker’s farm in Feuersbrun/Wagram, where his family has been making wine for generations. His Pinot Noir and Gruner Veltliner wines have won numerous awards over the years. A beautiful ruby color and a palette of dark red fruit. Pairs well with meats and cheeses. $21.99 a bottle. Add it to your cart for Curbside pickup.
Any wines from La Garagista Winery in Barnard, VT
We love everything that comes from La Garagista Winery. Their farm is located on a beautiful parcel in Barnard and has been part of the working landscape for two centuries. Their fruits are hand-picked and foot crushed, fermented with wild yeasts found on their fruits, and aged in glass demijohns and wooden barrels, flex tanks and an anafora. They specialize in red and white sparkling wines. $39.99 per bottle. Add it to your cart for Curbside pickup.
Hahn Pinot Noir
The grapes for this wine are grown in Monterey County, California, so it offers the bold, vibrant color and palette that we often associate with California wines. Flavors of red and dark fruit with a touch of spice and oak. Pairs well with hearty holiday comfort foods like stuffing and green bean casserole. $14.99 per bottle. Add it to your car for Curbside pickup.
A delicious Gamay wine, produced not too far from Manoir du Carra (listed above) in the northern part of Beaujolais. Red berry flavor and floral notes. Can be enjoyed chilled (as an appertif) or at room temperature with your meal. Extremely versatile. $10.99 per bottle. Put it in your cart for Curbside pickup.
Eden Hard Cider in Newport, VT
This family-owned cidery in Vermont’s Northeast Kindgom uses apples from their own Eden Orchards and a handful of other local farms to produce their award-winning ciders. They have a very apple-forward flavor and are extremely drinkable! Eden Orchards grows 35 different varieties of apples, including traditional New England Heirloom varieties, local seedling varieties, and Old-World varieties that originated in France and England. Here’s a WFM blog post from the archives about this amazing local producer. $14.99 for a four-pack. Add it to your cart for Curbside pickup.
Fable Farm wines and Ciders in Barnard, VT
Fable Farm is located not too far from the Market, in Barnard. They use locally sourced fruits, herbs, saps, and honey to make their delicious bottled ciders/wines and vinegars. Their wild-fermented ciders barrel- and bottle-age for up to five years in an underground cave. Here’s a WFM producer spotlight about this amazing local producer. $18.99 per bottle. Add it to your cart for Curbside pickup.
Happy holidays from your friends at Farmers’!