3 Thanksgiving wines, starting at $20, that go with many dishes | News Fission

Here are three wines ideal for a Thanksgiving banquet because of their balance and elegance, which helps them match a wide variety of foods. We have two pinot noirs — one from California, the other from a star producer in the Finger Lakes — along with a delightful blend of aromatic white varieties from a star Oregon winery.

(3 stars)

Monterey County, Calif., $20

This is delicious pinot noir at an affordable price for California. Juicy raspberry and strawberry, wild herbs and a silky texture combine to a seamless wine. Acidity maintains some energy and makes this beauty refreshing. Alcohol by volume: 13.9 percent. Bottle weight: 475 grams (Light).

Distributed locally by Breakthru Beverage.

(3.5 stars)

Willamette Valley, Ore., $25

Brooks winery, in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is a leading producer of riesling as well as pinot noir, the region’s flagship wine. This blend is about one-third riesling, with the rest pinot blanc, muscat, pinot gris and gewürztraminer. The result is floral, food-friendly wine that can match almost anything. Certified B Corp., 1 Percent for the Planet. ABV: 13 percent. BW: 540 grams (Average).

Distributed locally by Artisans & Vines.

Red Tail Ridge Pinot Noir RTR Estate Vineyard 2020

(3.5 stars)

Light, lifted cherry and cranberry flavors soar on this spicy pinot noir from Nancy Irelan, partner and winemaker of Red Tail Ridge winery, on the northwestern side of Seneca Lake. A hint of baking spice adds warmth. ABV: 12 percent. BW: 685 grams (Average).

Distributed locally by Salveto.

Prices are approximate. For availability, check, and the websites and social media feeds of the wineries, importers, distributors, and your favorite local wine store. You can also ask your local retailer to order wines from the distributors listed. Have wine questions for Dave McIntyre? Send them to

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