As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold and the air grows crisper, we can’t help but feel the warmth of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. At Coursey Graves, this is a special time of year when the vineyards are draped in vibrant colors, and the aromas of culinary delights fill the air. This Thanksgiving, we invite you to bring a little Sonoma flavor to your celebration of gratitude and togetherness with our favorite Cabernet Cranberry Chutney recipe.

Cabernet Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Our favorite Cabernet Cranberry Chutney recipe pairs perfectly with the beautiful flavors of Coursey Graves Cabernet Sauvignon and Coursey Graves Bennett Mountain Estate Red Blend. Its delightful blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors complement the wine’s robust characteristics and enhance your roasted turkey, cheese board and appetizers.

The recipe typically serves about 6 to 8 people as a side dish or condiment for your Thanksgiving meal or appetizer tray. It is versatile and can be scaled up or down as needed to accommodate the number of guests at your gathering.


We like to buy the freshest ingredients from local farms:

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Cabernet Sauvignon (or full body red wine)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Salt to taste
Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Stir to mix.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) and red pepper flakes.
  4. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens.
  5. Taste and adjust the sweetness and spiciness according to your preference. You can add more sugar or red pepper flakes.
  6. Remove from heat, and if desired, stir in the chopped walnuts.
  7. Let the chutney cool before serving. Enjoy! It can be refrigerated for up to a week.
Cranberry Chutney made with Cabernet.

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

To complete your Thanksgiving feast, add a few bottles of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon wine to your table. The rich, deep flavors of Coursey Graves Cabernet Sauvignon make it an ideal pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey and our Cabernet Cranberry Chutney.

John and Denise Graves bring a little Minnesota and Norwegian heritage to their family’s Thanksgiving meal. Alongside the traditional spread, you’ll find Lefse, a Norwegian potato-like tortilla and wild rice, often harvested in Minnesota. Says Denise, “Our family makes ‘Norwegian’ Thanksgiving burritos. Using a piece of Lefse, we pile all of the Thanksgiving foods inside and roll it up. It is perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers.” 

Wishing You A Festive Holiday

This Thanksgiving, bring a splash of Sonoma flavor to whatever your family’s food traditions may be. From the entire Coursey Graves family, we wish you a memorable Thanksgiving celebration filled with gratitude and the joys of the season. Cheers to a bountiful harvest and a festive holiday!

Give the gift of Coursey Graves this holiday season. Browse our Coursey Graves 2023 Gift Collection or text/call  us at 707-867-1888 to get assistance from your personal concierge.