Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Thanksgiving Day White Wines Under $20

Picking out wine for Thanksgiving can be a challenge.  Do I serve a white, red, rose, sparkling?  Well actually all three are fine.  Perhaps you have one from each category with each course.  Here are my suggestions for reasonably priced white wine to serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Well begin first with whites.  For this holiday I like to stay away from traditional whites like Chardonnay.

Of course I have to get in a Hudson Valley white!  Robibero Family Vineyards Traminette.  This wine has nice aromas of green apple, lemon and spice.  A beautiful mouth feel with nice acidity and flavors of lime and green apple.  Now only will this pair well with your turkey, but also with Triple Cream Blue Castello Cheese. SRP $19

Second on my list would be a Riesling from the Finger Lakes. You can see my previous post on some of them at here.  They range from dry to sweet.  Now at Thanksgiving, I make a spicy stuffing, so I would go with a semi-sweet Riesling. You would need to pair the Riesling with your tradition. Most of them retail for under $20.

Pinot Gris is another wine although that varietal isn't a favorite, it is now becoming one.  I was really wowed by King Estates Signature Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley in Oregon.  It aged sur lie for 4 months in stainless steel tanks. It's fresh, racy and has a great mouth feel.  It sells for around $17.

Gruner Veltliner, another grape I don't drink a lot of that I should.  Its origins are from Austria where it is the signature grape.  Pick up a bottle of Hermann Moser 2013 Per Due Gruner Veltliner. You'll get some citrus aromas, coupled with pear and passion fruit and a little white pepper on the finish.  It retails for around $12.99

Last on my list is Torrontes from Argentina. Try the Recuerdo Torrontes.  I reviewed the 2011 vintage here. Not sure if you'll be able to find the 2011, but the 2012 I am sure is just as good.  It retails for $15.


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