Wine choices can be overwhelming especially during the holidays. There are so many options. When you are ready to shop wines for Thanksgiving, yes it’s highly appropriate to have a nice rosé wine too.
Rosé is perfect for guests who are not heavy red and white wine drinkers. In addition to having a beautiful and warm color, rosé wines generally have less alcohol so you can drink a little more and eat slow while enjoying extra servings of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
This wine is beyond versatile. It can be served as an aperitif. If there is any cream and cheese in your dish, rosé will wash it down. Herbs and spices like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, nutmeg, and garlic commonly used in holiday dishes are harmonious with the lively floral or fruit bouquet present in rosé wines.
The best part about having rosé at Thanksgiving is how this wine pairs extremely well with that roast turkey! Can’t go wrong pairing a rosé with savory white meats (Roasting tip: I stuff my fresh, brined turkey every year with garlic cloves, white onions, fresh sage, fresh oregano, fresh thyme, squeeze in those lemon and orange wedges, and rub the exterior with butter, salt, pepper, and herbes de Provence. All these flavors are infused into the meat of the turkey).
By this time of year, a few good rosé wines you were also drinking this summer has had a chance to age and show more depth. Still refreshing and dry, but you might notice more texture in the body, softening of the fresh acidity in the finish, and a slightly deeper pink or coppery color robe. I drink different types of rosé wine year round, but I do love rosé with real wine characters. When you can get so much more in that bottle opening rosé wines during this time of the holiday season, why not share this unique experience of drinking pink.
Lastly, choose a rosé wine that is not sweet and doesn’t have a bubble gum, oaky after taste. You want an easy to drink wine that is dry with subtle summer fruits and a smooth finish.
Here are 10 dry French rosé wines I personally recommend for your Thanksgiving wine list:
- Domaine de L’Ile Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence
- Chateau des Marres CapRosé, Côtes de Provence
- Domaine de Rimauresq Cru Classé, Côtes de Provence
- Château Sainte-Marguerite Symphonie, Côtes de Provence
- Domaine de la Tour du Bon, Bandol
- Chateau Pradeaux, Bandol
- Domaine Tempier, Bandol
- Domaine d’Alzipratu Pumonte, Corsica-Calvi
- Domaine d’Alzipratu Fiumeseccu, Corsica-Calvi
- Clos Marfisi, Corsica-Patrimonio
Cheers to a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!
Written By: Diana Chan, Founder of DRINK PINK Company.
Member of the Kali Girl Tribe.