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This year's Thanksgiving celebrations may entail some new gathering norms, but one thing that will likely stay the same is the wine added to the table. Whether you're planning a delivered dinner for one, an intimate dinner for two or an entire family get-together, chances are you will be looking for great wines to match the wide array of Thanksgiving menu items. With so many competing flavors and textures, serving a wine with versatility is key.

To simplify your shopping list, this week's recommendations are budget-friendly values under $20.


  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling, Washington (about $14)
  • A to Z Oregon Riesling, Oregon (about $18)
  • Dr. Loosen Riesling, Germany (about $15)
  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Riesling, California (about $14)
  • Montinore Almost Dry Riesling, Oregon (about $14)
  • St Urbans-Hof Urban Riesling, Germany (about $13)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling, Washington (about $19)
  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling, Germany (about $12)


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer, Washington (about $13)
  • Fetzer Gewurztraminer, California (about $10)
  • Chateau St Jean Gewurztraminer, California (about $18)
  • Balletto Russian River Valley Gewurztraminer, California (about $22)
  • Robertson Winery Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, South Africa (about $11)
  • Leonard Kreusch Twisted River Gewurztraminer, Germany (about $14)
  • Wolfberger Gewurztraminer, France (about $19)


  • Gloria Ferrer Brut Sparkling Wine, California (about $20)
  • Secco Italian Brut Rose Sparkling Wine, Italy (about $15)
  • Toso Brut Sparkling Wine, Argentina (about $13)
  • A to Z Sparkling Wine, Oregon (about $19)
  • Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine, New Mexico (about $19)


  • Sean Minor Sonoma County Pinot Noir, California (about $19)
  • 19 Crimes The Punishment Pinot Noir, Australia (about $12)
  • The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir, California (about $17)
  • Gerard Bertrand Reserve Pinot Noir, France (about $19)
  • Block Nine Caiden's Vineyard Pinot Noir, California (about $17)
  • Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, California (about $20)
  • Benziger Sonoma County Pinot Noir, California (about $17)
  • Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, California (about $20)

Lorri Hambuchen is a member of London's Institute of Wines and Spirits. Contact her at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR 72203, or email:


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