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The Perfect Wine Matches for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

There are lots of potentially perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving meal. The Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese shop is fully stocked this holiday.


Thinking about what to drink with your Thanksgiving meal? Our very own Buzz sommelier Cassidy Rose Gyetvan had some great suggestions for us.

“There are so many options that would pair perfectly with this decadent meal,” said Gyetvan. “Wine is the most common and classic drink to have on this day. Pinot Noirs and Gamays go great with turkey because they are light, juicy and fruit forward. These wines are pretty fun and easy to drink, and the flavors match with most side dishes, like cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. I would recommend either of these grapes from France, but there are also a lot of delicious options here in the U.S.”

As a fan of sparking wine, we were delighted to learn about Pet Nat wines. For those who don’t know, a Pet Nat (or pétillant naturel), is a wine that is bottled during the first fermentation, and the sugars from the grapes are what make the bubbles, explained Gyetvan. Unlike Champagne, there isn’t a second fermentation, so it is essentially the quicker and funkier way of making a sparkling wine.

“Furlani makes great intro level pet nat’s that everyone enjoys,” said Gyetvan. “To end the night, I would suggest a Lambrusco. A sparkling red would be a perfect match to finish off the dinner.”


Pet Nat wines available at the Larchmont Wine and Cheese Shop.


Thinking about other options besides wine? Gyetvan suggested cider.

“Cider is always great and fits the fall vibe of this meal,” said Gyetvan. “I love the Isastegi Sagardo Cider from the Basque Country of Spain. It is perfectly tart and is made without filtration. You can get this at Silverlake Wine and many other shops around Los Angeles. Want something a little stronger? Hot toddies are great for this meal! I like mine with some bourbon, apple cider, orange and lemon. Mix it all together and heat it up on the stove! And finally, a non alcoholic cider or apple juice is always great to have at Thanksgiving dinner. Martinelli’s is a classic.”


Sparking ciders we found that Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese shop


Inspired by our interview with Gyetvan, we decided to head over to the Larchmont Wine and Cheese shop to pick up something for tomorrow’s meal and the holiday weekend. We were delighted to see that owner Sergio Boccato carries several Pet Nat options. He said these wines are being made the old fashioned way where the fermentation happens in the bottle.


The Wine of the Month!


Leading us through the maze of wines and exquisite cheeses platters waiting for customers to pick up, Boccato recommended the shop’s Wine of the Month — Flying Solo, a white wine made a Mediterranean Grenache grape blended with Syrah, Viognier or Cinsault. Paired with a Bogey Gamay from Maison Angelot follows Gyetvan’s line of thinking too. Both  are also quite reasonably priced at $15 per bottle. If you’re looking for light and fruity, Boccato stocks a number of Beaujolais wines, which he said have become increasingly like Pinot Noirs as the climate in the region where they are grown has changed. And speaking of ciders, Boccato has a wide selection, including Órdatgo Iberiko from the Basque Country of Spain.

With all these incredible wines to choose from, we had to ask what he’s drinking this holiday. Boccato told us he prefers a full bodied red wine and pointed to a very nice Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020. It would make a generous gift for your host or yourself!

Here’s to a moment to enjoy a glass of whatever you like with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!


Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020 is a personal favorite of Boccato’s.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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