Affordable Thanksgiving wines

Oct 16, 2009 at 11:13 a.m. ET

The right wines can make your Thanksgiving meal even more delicious and celebratory. Here are the best wines to pair with your succulent turkey dinner - all under $20.

Wine and Turkey

Best wines for the Thanksgiving meal

Almost any kind of wine can be served for your Thanksgiving meal, but whites, rosés and sparkling wines tend to be a better choice over reds because of their fresh taste, crispness and affinity to pair well with stuffing, gravy and turkey. Lighter wines won't overwhelm the food, and sparkling wines are simply a great way to celebrate and have a toast commencing the turkey feast.

White Wines for Thanksgiving

Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2006 ($10) This Washington State white wine has been picked as a "Turkey Day" wine by Good Housekeeping. It has fresh aromas of spicy apple and pear with a slight honey and spice flavor. It tastes like fall in a bottle.

Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2007 ($12) A great chardonnay that is deliciously affordable. It is not very complex but has great fruit flavors. It is clean and fresh and has a light creaminess and oak finish.

Rosé Wines for Thanksgiving

Jeriko Estate Rosé 2006 ($9) A fresh and vibrant California rosé, it is dry but still crisp, lively and complex with its refreshing berry and citrus flavors.

South Coast Winery Grenache Rosé 2007 ($14) Another California rosé, this wine has a vibrant color that makes it especially festive. It also has a fresh aroma and a rich, crisp finish with a hint of berry.

Sparkling Wines for Thanksgiving

Roederer Estate Brut NV ($19) This is a great domestic sparkling wine that is perfect for a toast or appetizer. It has aromas of citrus, apples, bread and nuts. It is a fresh and light wine with a great depth of flavor.

Domaine Ste Michelle Brut ($10) This is a very nicely balanced California sparkling wine. It is dry but not too sweet and has a crisp flavor punctuated with the taste of apples and citrus. It also pairs exceptionally well with food.

Best reds wines for Thanksgiving

If you can't imagine your Thanksgiving feast without a red wine, here are a couple of reds that will not overwhelm your food.

Beckmen Vineyards 2006 Cuvee Le Bec ($18) This California Rhone blend has a fruity yet light aroma. It is 14.5 percent alcohol by volume and has the flavors of berry and cherry, which pair delectably well with turkey. Beckmen Vineyards is known for having a very high quality wine for a low cost.

MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2006 ($15 to $18) Also a California wine, this red has rich red and black fruit flavors such as raspberries, cherries and red currants. It also has an earthy flavor that pairs nice with stuffing and gravy.