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Looking to elevate the elegance of your Thanksgiving table this year? There's so much you can do to make your table more memorable, from adding a flower arrangement to learning simple cloth napkin folding techniques.

If you are like me, you like an excuse to bring out the prettiest glassware, and isn't that always a beautiful wine glass? I like my glasses more Medieval/ goblet style because I'm accident-prone. This happens to give my table a more "feast" vibe, which is exactly what I want. How classy and lovely to have your wine and water glasses set on the table? And you could bring out your classiest koozie for your uncle's Miller High Life. At least he's drinking the Champagne of Beers.

To be honest, nine out of ten Thanksgiving dinners I've been to are paper plate affairs, and I'll likely drink my wine out of a red solo cup. What really matters is getting a great wine that will pair well with your food. And if it's a homegrown wine, all the better for such a homey holiday. Without further ado, here are some recommendations based on some fancy pairing info I researched.

LLANO ESTACADO GEWURZTRAMINER (retail $12)

Why it pairs: 

Simply delicious, this white wine tends to have aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal. Gewürztraminer makes a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both. 

Additionally, Llano Estacado is easily findable in grocery stores, since wineries may already be closed for the holiday.

 

BURKLEE HILL 2020 PINOT GRIGIO (retail $25)

Why it pairs: 

Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.

The bottle is pretty, too. 

ENGLISH NEWSOME 2019 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (retail $35)

Why it pairs:

Cav Sav pairs with nearly anything hearty. This particular variety has, "notes of green pepper, jalapeño, olive, mint, clove and prune" and if that doesn't sound like a West Texas holiday table, I don't know what does. 

Honestly, your Thanksgiving table is likely so diverse in flavor that you can pick whichever locally-grown wine variety you like. I'd just suggest that if you like sweet or sparkling wines, serve those either with dessert or with a pre-dinner charcuterie (which is what I bring to Thanksgiving because I'm a mediocre cook). Most etiquette guides suggest you have one wine bottle per drinking adult. Festive!

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