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The Real Cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner

By Ben Steverman and Yvette Romero - 2012-11-19T22:20:01Z

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More wine is sold for Thanksgiving dinner than any other meal of the year, according to Gold Medal Wine Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. Colicchio's recommendation: a good zinfandel. Cabernet and pinot grigio work as well.

$255: Livio Felluga, Pinot Grigio 2011, and Justin, Isosceles Meritage 2009, 3 bottles each, Sherry-Lehmann

$20: Sparkling Cider, 4 bottles, $5 per bottle, Whole Foods

$124: After-dinner spirits: Macallan, 18 Year Single Malt (Speyside), Hudson Wine Market

$40: Grand Marnier, Cordon Rouge (France)

$14: Allegro Coffee Co. Organic French Roast, whole bean, 12-ounce bag, Whole Foods

Running Tally: $2,282