When looking for the best wine to pair with your next holiday feast, you can’t go wrong with Pinot Noir. But which Pinot Noir? When it comes to this meal, everyone has their favorites—what’s yours?

Do you dream of drumsticks? Do you crave cranberry sauce? Do green beans get you going? With your personal favorites in mind, read on for recommendations on which wine to pour in your glass before digging in.

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2019 Hallberg Blanc

A dish of scalloped potatoes.This wine comes from our two estate vineyards in Sebastopol. Pinot Hill is a cooler, steeper site producing high-acid, complex and delicate wines. Hallberg Ranch brings more textural roundness and alluring red fruit flavors to the wine. When blended together, the result is a wine bursting with fresh and youthful aromas of ripe red cherry, cherry blossom, walnuts, dried orange zest, and a little whiff of honey. It fills the mouth without heaviness and lingers well in the back palate, making it a superb food and sipping wine. 

Pair with:

  • Small bites before the meal
  • Creamed onions
  • The white meat of the turkey, with or without gravy
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Corn bread
  • Roasted corn on the cob with Parmesan
  • Pumpkin pie

2017 Pinot Hill East

Cranberry SauceShaped by abundant fog and the occasional rays of morning sun, our 2017 Pinot Hill East is one of the most profoundly aromatic wines we make. It is more of a savory wine, as it opens up, fascinating notes of orange-cranberry relish, acai, lemon verbena and Angostura bitters are revealed, teasing the senses and inviting a first sip. On the palate, this wine is poised, yet incredibly energetic, with a vibrancy that underscores the depth of flavors. Taut tannins and discrete whispers of oak frame layers of juicy red berry fruit that linger throughout a long and tantalizing finish.

Pair with:

  • Sage-based stuffing
  • Fresh cranberry sauce with orange zest
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green bean casserole

2017 Pinot Hill West

The West side of the vineyard has a few rays of late-day sun that mitigates the cool coastal winds that bathe the vineyard most afternoons, making our 2017 Pinot Hill West a hedonist’s delight! Dark, sensual, and super-concentrated, it is plush and viscous, coating the palate with flowing flavors of elderberry syrup, black currant, Vietnamese coffee, and vanilla bean. While hints of cold-smoke and first-press ripe olives add to a sense of weightiness, there is a lithe acid-driven energy to this wine that provides focus and finesse to the luxurious finish.

Pair with:

  • Caramelized Brussel sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes or yams
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Creamed spinach
  • Dark turkey meat, with or without gravy
  • Collard greens with smoked ham bits

2017 Hallberg Ranch Magnums

A glass of red wine to the left of a bountiful Thanksgiving spread: roast turkey with stuffing, gravy, green beans, pie, and more, all set on a white tablecloth with candles.Featuring all 11 clones of Pinot Noir planted at our Hallberg Ranch, the 2017 is dazzlingly complex and so popular that we only have magnum bottles left! Luckily, it’s also the perfect wine for the entire festive meal.

In the glass it unfurls to reveal gorgeous layers of red, black, and blue fruit, as well as fascinating notes of fresh flowers, sweet spice, rising dough, and fresh-baked pie crust.

Pair with:

  • Any protein (light or dark turkey)
  • Sweet potatoes or yams
  • Creamed corn
  • The whole enchilada! (And maybe turkey enchiladas made from the leftovers.)

Cheers to the Holidays

With friends and family together again, these wines are the perfect pairing with laughter, connection, and celebrating the joy of having holidays together again.

Wishing you all the best, from our family to yours!

Team Emeritus Holiday Picture 2021