Best CT Wine Pairings for your Thanksgiving Meal

(WTNH) –  Wine enhancing every meal, but the most important meals of the year are right around the corner. So what kind of wine is both local and matches well with our foods?

You can find the perfect wine along the CT Wine Trail. Most of the wineries along the trail are open this season and offer daily tastings. You can stop by your local winery, or visit for a full listing of locations statewide, to get the best recommendations to serve with your Thanksgiving meal, or bottles to bring as a hostess gift.

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations:

1) Appetizers/pre-meal sipping: Jones Winery – Pinot Gris, a dry white wine with hints of nectarine that pairs great with appetizers and cheese courses.


2) Turkey: Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery – Estate Grown Chardonnay, a delicate wine with a clean nose and just a hint of oak. Serve slightly chilled. The grapes for this award-winning wine are hand-selected and sorted from our own vineyard.


3) Turkey: Taylor Brooke Winery – Cranberry Riesling, made from organic cranberries fermented into wine that is blended with dry Riesling, our Cranberry Riesling is slightly tart on the front and dry on the finish, making this a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey.


4) Ham/Pork: Jonathan Edwards Winery – Cabernet Franc, a lighter-bodied and easy drinking Estate-grown red to pair beautifully with your Thanksgiving feast. This vintage has warm, woodsy and cedar aromas with notes of cranberry and nutmeg on the nose and an easy finish. Characteristics of Cabernet Franc include earthy notes of Autumn leaves and moss.


5) Side dishes: Bishops Orchard & Winery – Amazing Grace, a cranberry-apple wine, is a medley of fruity and floral notes. The tartness of cranberries is balanced by Bishop’s apples and their sweetness perfected by sun-ripened fruit. This delicate wine is a year-round favorite, but great for the Holidays. It pairs well with roasted turkey, chicken, pork, seafood and hearty salads. 4% RS 12% Alcohol.


6) Dessert: Miranda Vineyard – Vinho Fino, a rare, white Port-style wine that offers up a sweet delicious bouquet.


7) Dessert: Hopkins Vineyard – 2010 Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc (Night Owl), is a late harvest dessert wine, well-balanced with apricot and hazelnut flavors. A delicious pairing with pumpkin or pecan pies, fruit desserts, or anything maple!


More information:

CT is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the United States, comprising of 25 unique vineyards and wineries. Each winery boasts a wide variety of wine styles—from robust barrel aged reds to crisp and bright whites or local fruit wines—as well as a distinct atmosphere and beautiful scenery for your periodic tasting or to host a major event. Despite the geographic variability across the state, a common theme of dedicated farmers, passionate winemakers and timeless New England charm await regardless of where your trip takes you.


Visit for locations and event dates.


Margaret Ruggiero’s background is with Horticulture, Botany/Plant Science from the University of Connecticut. She also has a background in Culinary Arts, having received a Culinary Arts Degree from Gateway Community College to help customers with Food & Wine Parings when they purchase wine at her winery, Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery in Wallingford.


Paradise Hills is a family-owned and operated business. Every year, the family gathers at Margaret’s uncle’s house, where there is always an assortment of wines on the table. She makes sure to bring some to pair with their meal, and others as gifts for the host (because it’s a relief not to have to prepare the meal!). Food & wine just go hand and hand! Wine complements and accentuates what you will be having on the table on Thanksgiving Day.

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