Wine cocktails to match your Thanksgiving feast!

Now, before we start stuffing our bellies this Thanksgiving weekend, we wanted to provide some delicious cocktail ideas as a pre-dinner treat or as a pairing for famous fall desserts. These yummy sips are all prepared with our favourite red, white and bubbling wines for the holiday – all of which have been previously featured in WineCollective packages.


Cherry Bubbles

Mix one spoon of cherry jam with 1/3 oz. lemon juice, 1/3 oz. vodka and 3 oz. Mauricio Lorca Fantasia.

The Extra Brut sparkling is made from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Mixed together with jammy cherry flavours the cocktail will match with toasted dried fruit crackers topped with baked Brie cheese.



Berry Sauvignon

Crush three chopped strawberries in one Tbs of lemon juice and a touch of agave nectar. Then, add 1 oz. of Gin and 3 oz. of Stags’ Leap Sauvignon Blanc.

Full bodied with flavours of orchard fruits, the Stags’ Leap Sauv Blanc is an ideal wine for any Thanksgiving feast. This cocktail will hold well from appetizers to dessert.



Super Sangria

Mix equal parts hot water and sugar until dissolved. Muddle 4 cherries in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Then, pour in sugar mixture, 1.5 oz. Emeritus Hallburg Ranch Pinot Noir, 1 oz. bourbon. Top with lemon slice.

Pinot Noir is the go-to for Thanksgiving. After enjoying your meal with this premium Pinot, use the remainder for delicious Sangria with leftovers!



Red Martini

Simple and delicious. Mix together 1 oz. of Smashberry Red, well chilled to 10 degrees Celsius and 2 oz. of vodka.

The Smashberry Red proved to be a WineCollective favourite. If you still have your bottle, we suggest chilling it for this fresh cocktail, or, pairing it alongside your Turkey or ham.



Of course, we recommend pairing any of these wines – in a simple wine in glass fashion – with your Thanksgiving meal. Sparkling or Champagne, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are all great companions to turkey or ham and can really compliment cranberry sauce, and side dishes.

Calgary members can visit Highfield by WineCollective this Saturday, for a special Thanksgiving wine tasting. We’ll be pouring some of the favourites listed above, and available to recommend the best wines for your meal this weekend.

Highfield Holiday Hours

Friday Oct 10: 10am-7pm

Saturday Oct 11: 11am-4pm

Sunday Oct 12 & Monday Oct 13: Closed

Mention this blog in store, and get an additional 5% off your order!