Mike Madaio

Location: Paoli, PA

Mike is a food & drink writer based in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work has appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Palate Press and Philly Beer Scene. On Snooth, join Mike in his love and passion for Italian wine discoveries.

Turkey-Time Twists

Everyone's got Thanksgiving wine tips this time of year - but I may be the only guy willing to put together a list that doesn't contain any of the usual favorites - you know, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Instead, I've scoured the lesser-appreciated varietals for wines that won't clash with your piled plate of meat, root veggies, greens and other various and sundry foods, and that won't hurt your wallet when Uncle Dave slugs it back like it's the Silver Bullet.


Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blanc (2010)
Comments: The slight sweetness of this bubbly could be a nice pairing for the saltiness and sweetness of the Thanksgiving table,
Average price: $16.99 from 112 stores
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2 Lieb Family Cellars Pinot Blanc North Fork Reserve (2011)
Comments: Great acidity and a touch of sweetness make this Long Island wine a nice choice with a variety of foods.
Average price: $15.53 from 1 store
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3 Forgeron Cellars Ambiance (2009)
Comments: A Rhone-style white blend; kind of a cross between the zesty acidity of Sauv Blanc with the soft, wide body of Chardonnay (though it contains neither grape).
Previously available for $20.00
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4 Charles Smith Riesling Washington Kung Fu Girl (2010)
Comments: American Riesling for an American day. A touch of sweetness, but not as much as its German brethren. Good acidity.
Average price: $19.83 from 25 stores
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5 La Braccesca Rosso di Montepulciano Sabazio (2010)
Comments: Bright red fruits, zesty acidity. A simple, delicious everyday wine.
Previously available for $11.57
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6 Percheron Old Vine Cinsault Western Cape Red (2010)
Comments: A somewhat odd, rose-like wine with light red fruits and good acidity.
Previously available for $11.23
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7 La Maialina Chianti (2008)
Comments: Light and fruity, with a touch of earth and great acidity. Very versatile with food and a great bargain.
Average price: $86.00 from 1 store
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8 Primaterra Primitivo Puglia IGT (2010)
Comments: Ok, fine, you got me. Primitivo is the same as Zinfandel. This one, however, is lighter and more balanced than the high-alcohol American cousins. Plus it's downright cheap.
Previously available for $25.99
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