Thanksgiving Wines with Ray Isle

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Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of FOOD & WINE and a favorite go-to source for solving your wine pairing dilemmas. We recently checked in with the expert for his suggested bottles for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. Take a look below!


2013 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is a great balancing point between the richness of Chardonnay and the tartness of Sauvignon Blanc—which makes it a great all-purpose white for Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and any other occasion. For the holidays, try to buy a case: stores often give a 10 or 15% discount on case purchases. ($15)

Joel Gott Wines


2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

I think some of the best values in Cabernet are coming from Washington State, and this bottle from the Horse Heaven Hills appellation is a great example. For $13 it’s absurdly good. Again, a case purchase for all your holiday parties. ($13)

Columbia Crest


NV Mionetto Prestige Organic Prosecco

It’s unusual to find a widely available, affordable Prosecco that also happens to be made from organically farmed grapes. This is juicy and lively, impossible not to like, and good for the earth, too. ($16)


Gift Bottle

2012 St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir

2012 was the best vintage in Oregon in ages—a really spectacular year. There are a ton of great wines out there. This is a hostess gift wine that is expensive enough that you look good, but not so expensive that it hurts to give it away. If you can’t find this one, which I love, ask your wine store what their favorites are (wine stores are a great info resource, much better than supermarkets). ($25)

St. Innocent Winery


2004 Ruinart Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

Everyone knows Dom Perignon, but I think Dom Ruinart, from one of the oldest Champagne houses, is equally good (if not better). Champagne is always a great gift, but it’s also nice to make gifts a little more personal by choosing something a little less well known. ($135)