8 nonalcoholic wines for the Thanksgiving table

These alcohol-free wines, photographed in New York on Oct. 25, will help everyone give thanks this Thanksgiving. / Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

With wine, there's no point in fighting Thanksgiving dinner's kaleidoscope of flavors. It's best to find an easy way to flatter them.

This year, a nonalcoholic white or red still wine — or both — would be up to the challenge. The quality keeps improving, with assorted well-made, nicely drinkable, food-friendly choices. At prices in the $15 to $40 range, they're in line with good bottles of wine.

After sampling many nonalcoholic still wines, my preference is for varietals or varietal blends that start as wine and then have the alcohol removed, rather than tea- or herb-based attempts to mimic wine. As I have noted over the past couple of years, well-made white wines without alcohol, like their spirited counterparts, are blessed with lively acidity and minerality and are generally more appealing than reds, which often lack tannins and complexity. Most of the wines, even the reds, benefit from chilling.

Store opened bottles in the refrigerator; you don't have to worry as much about the quality eroding over the course of a few days or even a week, the way it might with that bottle of vintage Pauillac. Although I have not included any sparklers here, for toasting there are many fine celebratory options, white and rosé. The carbonation goes a long way toward compensating for the absence of alcohol's bite.


› Giesen Nonalcoholic Pinot Grigio, $16, betterrhodes.com

This pinot grigio from a long-established New Zealand winery has a nice minerality, with hints of citrus and kiwi.

› Lautus Chardonnay, $20, boisson.co

There are few nonalcoholic chardonnays on the market and this one, from South Africa, has good body, elegance and balance, making it a bit more substantial than many white wines in the category and drinkable throughout a rich dinner.

› Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Riesling, $18, boisson.co

Nonalcoholic wines from Germany are showing extremely well; you'll find this one on some top restaurant lists. Here you can taste white peach in a piquant, lively context, with a pleasant touch of fizz. It can carry you through to dessert.

› Sovi Chenin Blanc, $34, drinksovi.com

This uncommon contender from California delivers restrained fruit with flavors of Bosc pear and tart green grapes.

› Studio Null Grüner Weiss, $32, nullwines.com

A blend of grüner veltliner and gelber muskateller from Austria, vinified in Germany, yields a well-made, pale wine with herbal notes and tartness softened by flavors of tropical fruit. Even your butternut squash soup would welcome it.


› Leitz Zero Point Five Pinot Noir, $20, boisson.co

This pinot noir from Germany is ruby-toned, with hints of red plum, and has some depth and complexity.

› Studio Null Solo Garnacha, $34, nullwines.com

There's an earthiness with notes of plums to this wine from Spanish grapes. It's not sweet and offers appealing minerality.

› Sovi Reserve Red, $38, drinksovi.com

A California blend, it's a trifle sweet but rich, with some tannic heft; while it's rather one-dimensional, it is enough to match most Thanksgiving menus.