Thanksgiving Wine Picks: Cabernet Franc, Rosé and More

It is nearly turkey time and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the perfectly paired bottle of VQA wine. One advantage of pairing turkey with wine is that the mild flavour of turkey will go well with a number of wines. But, you should also consider the rest of your meal when selecting what wine you serve with Thanksgiving dinner (or which you bring to a host.)

Rockway Vineyards Winemaker David Stasiuk has made pairing easy this year by providing his own recommendations below. If you're thinking about coming into the Rockway wine store to pick up a bottle or two this Thanksgiving, the store is open seven days a week.

Monday - Saturday | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday |11:00 am - 6:00 pm

You can also order by email to or by phone to 905-641-5771.

Cabernet Franc

Niagara is well-known for its Cab Franc wines, and Rockway Vineyards offers a few different options to please any palate and match any group of Thanksgiving guests. What makes this fruit perfect for wines paired with turkey is that it compliments the flavour without overpowering it. Because these wines are easy-drinking, they pair nicely with a variety of foods, which is perfect for the cornucopia of tastes on the table at Thanksgiving.

2013 Small Lot Cab Franc (also available at LCBO): $22.95

2012 Small Lot Cab Franc: $32

2011 Grand Reserve Cab Franc (less than 300 bottles left): $35

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a nice match for poultry, with the fruit notes in the wine adding flavour to the dish. It is also a nice match for side dishes like mushrooms, onions and other earthy flavours. Our 2014 Pinot Noir was our first ever and delivers strawberry aroma and red fruit flavour.

2014 Pinot Noir (also available at the LCBO): $19.95


We all know that Thanksgiving dinners can get a bit heavy, both the conversation and the cuisine. So lighten moods and palates with a refreshing Rosé. It’s a classic Thanksgiving wine that will offer fresh and light tastes to cleanse the palate. The Rockway Vineyards Rosé 2016 is made with Pinot Noir grapes and will have you coming back for another glass between each course!

2016 Rosé: $17.95


For the white wine drinkers at your holiday dinner, add a Chardonnay to the table, especially if you’re serving up buttery mashed potatoes. Our 2015 Chardonnay/Riesling from the David Hearn series is always a crowdpleaser, while a case of 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay satisfies a large gathering without breaking the bank. Or, if you truly want to wow your guests with something different, our award-winning 2014 Wild Ferment Chardonnay pairs wonderfully with over-roasted ham or a chestnut stuffing.

2015 Unoaked Chardonnay (also available at the LCBO): $12.25

2015 David Hearn Chard/Ries (also available at the LCBO): $17.95

2014 Wild Ferment Chardonnay (also available at the LCBO): $22.95

Thanksgiving Dinner

But Niagara isn’t only known for its wine; consider adding locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs to your Thanksgiving feast. You can also find farmed fresh turkey, which offers ideal flavour and juiciness.

And don’t forget that you don’t have to cook! Make your reservations for Rockway Vineyards’ special Thanksgiving dinner menu from Saturday, October 7 to Monday, October 9. Executive Chef Stefan Olk and his team have some delicious options for you to choose from in a 2 or 3 course meal.

Starter options include roasted squash soup., roasted beet salad or spinach salad. The main attraction is a traditional turkey dinner or pineapple glazed ham; there is also a tasty vegetarian option of vegetable cannelloni. Finally, for dessert, you have a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Yum!

See the whole menu by clicking here.

Thanksgiving is a special time to gather with family and friends to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. Cheers to you and yours from all of us at Rockway Vineyards.

Posted by admin at Sep 27, 2017 Category: Wine
Tags: wine, niagara wine, Rosé, chardonnay, david stasiuk, pinot noir, cabernet franc