Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Wine Picks

It's that time of year again, the beginning of a month of entertaining.  It all starts with Thanksgiving and the turkey dinner.  Some people stress over the food and some over what wine to serve.  Honestly, don't stress over either. It's time to spend with your friends and family and they will enjoy everything.

I like begin the festivities with a bubbly.  An inexpensive Anne de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs NV, Brut Rose or both are just the bottle to pop and welcome your guests to your home. The Rose is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and the Blanc de Blancs NV is a blend of Chardonnay, Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo. Both will put you and your company in the festive mood. SRP $14.99

Some people question what to serve with your main meal, red or white.  Me, both.  Always have that choice.

This Domaine Du Tariquet, Tariquet Classic blew me away.  It is such a beautiful wine, a blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng rom Gascony, France. This wine is nice and fresh with hints of floral and lime coming out of the glass.  It's nicely balanced with nice minerality, pineapple and other citrus flavors ending with soft lime on the finish.  SRP $9.99

Tousey 2013 Pinot Noir from the Hudson Valley is a nice red to serve, especially if you have sausage in your stuffing. This will pair beautifully. Smooth and soft on the palate with notes of strawberries and cherries. SRP $26

We really shouldn't forget a Rose.  Rose wines aren't just for summer.  In fact they will pair beautifully with your Thanksgiving dinner.  Back in June I tasted two nice Rose's that I think would go great with Thanksgiving dinner.  Ellipsis Rose and Passaggio Rose.  You can read about the Ellipsis 2015 Rose of Pinot Meunier here and it retails for $25.  You can find the review of the Passaggio 2015 Merlot Rose here and it retails for $29.

We can't forget dessert and that Apple Pie.  I would go for the Millbrook Vineyard & Winery's 2014 Late Harvest Riesling.  Sweet enough but not overly sweet to give a nice balance to accompany your pie. SRP $34

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