Master Sommelier Richard Betts Recommends Wines for Thanksgiving!

Looking for some great wines for your Thanksgiving table? Make sure that you get some great ones. They don’t have to be the $50 a bottle but you do need to pay attention to flavors and notes. Because I tend to have a lot of reds in stock and not enough white wines (because I like to drink white more than red), I was able to snag recommendations from Master Sommelier Richard Betts.


Not only is he well-versed in wine, he is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That,.


Betts follows his nose when it comes to picking the perfect wines for holidays. This amazing book doesn’t require you spending a fortune, just paying attention! His book helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine and enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese.

The following wine selections have been hand-picked by Richard not only for their quality, but each is under $15 a bottle!
Below is just a sampling of wines that he recommends for the holiday table this year:

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio ($11.99) (price is approximate based on availability)


Summer isn’t the only time to drink Pinot Grigio. It’s the perfect food-friendly wine that can be enjoyed with appetizers through the main course. Barone Fini comes from Northern Italy, an ideal location for growing Pinot Grigio, and it’s crisp and clean with balanced acidity.

2. HobNob Pinot Noir ($10.99) – (price is approximate based on availability)


HobNob’s philosophy endorses social gatherings, so what better wine to pour at holiday meals? This French Pinot Noir is medium bodied with soft tannins which create a smooth, rich texture – pairing well with prime rib, duck or lamb.

3)Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend ($14.99) – (price is approximate based on availability)


Josh Legacy is an easy-to-drink red blend that pairs well with favorite Thanksgiving staples like turkey and stuffing. Winemaker Joseph Carr created this wine in honor of his father – making it a meaningful choice and a perfect wine to enjoy with family during the holiday season.

For an added reason that you should buy at least one bottle of Josh Cellars wine (and there are more varieties than Legacy Red Blend) is this promotion.


From now through December 31st, for every bottle of Josh Cellars wine purchase, a $1 will be donated to Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military.

4)My Essential Rosé 2013 ($14.99) –


The world over is making better rosé these days and is now hip to how good rosé actually is. From the South of France, this blend of predominantly Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah is dry and refreshing. My Essential Rosé can be enjoyed alone after dinner but can also stand up to the abundance of holiday dessert

More About Richard Betts:


After a long academic journey that included a BS, an MS and nearly a JD, Richard finally found his way to his real love: Vino. While traveling in Italy, he fell in love with the country’s dining tradition and came to regard wine “as a grocery and not a luxury.” He was the wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen from 2000 to 2008. In the spring of 2003, Richard passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on the first attempt, the ninth person ever to do so. He co-founded his first wine label Betts & Scholl in 2003 and also co-founded Scarpetta Wines and “cc:” Wines. Richard is also the author of “The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert,” a kids’ book for adults. One of fewer than 200 Master Sommeliers in the world, Richard Betts has been featured in the New York Times, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Outside, GQ and Details and speaks frequently on wine throughout the country. Visit

Thank you to Richard Betts for some amazing recommendations for Thanksgiving wines (as well as any other reason you want to open a great bottle!)

Stevie Wilson,

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