This is my favorite time of year by far. The weather is cool and the air is crisp, and we are gearing up for our Thanksgiving gatherings, which for me means hours in the kitchen ( and don’t be fooled – I love every second of it!). Of course the best part of the meal is what wine we will enjoy with it. Here are some of my current favorite “Thanksgiving” wine picks – several of which we will be enjoying with our family this season.
What to Sip as you Prepare your Meal and Serve your Guests Upon Arrival:
Il Follo Cuvee Prosecco – $15
Fresh and lively on the palate with hints of citrus. Persistent bubbles and ample fruit flavor. This is delicious on its own and would be great with fresh fruit.
Domaine Bott-Geyl Cremant d’Alsace – $19
Cremant d’Alsace is the new wave in quality sparkling from France. This beautiful wine has flavors of apples, pears, cream and toasted spices on the palate. The finish is crisp and clean and has plenty of lively sparkle. A nice, easy wine to sip on while waiting on the meal to be served and to make everyone feel festive.
What to Serve with Appetizers/First Course:
2005 Domaine Bott Geyl Pinot Gris (Alsace) – $21
This bottle may be one of my all time favorite white wines this time of year. It is perfect for Thanksgiving – this Pinot Gris is so elegant and ripe with fruit and just the right amount of sweetness. This would be an amazing wine to pair with baked brie topped with nuts or a spiced apricot compote or with a firm, aged cheese.
We will be showcasing this wine at our Thanksgiving tasting!
2009 Matetic EQ Chardonnay – $13 ( down from $21)
A nice, crisp Chardonnay with a slight creaminess to the finish. Beautiful pear and citrus flavors intermingle with toasty oak- perfect to sip on with an array of cheeses, dips and light appetizers. This style is perfect to not overwhelm the flavors of the food. Easy to sip – you could enjoy a glass of this while preparing dinner!
What to Serve with the Main Course:
2009 Matua Pinot Noir (New Zealand) – $13
This is a lighter style of Pinot – gorgeous color (think bright cranberry in color and on the palate). Easy to sip on its own and delicious with some of the lighter Thanksgiving fare, like sweet potato casserole or braised greens.
2008 Elizabeth Spencer Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) – $35
For those that like a little more body – this is a ripe, lush, full bodied Pinot with bright cherry and plum flavors and good acidity. Elegant and a beautiful compliment to Thanksgiving dinner. Pairs well with turkey and all the trimmings.
2008 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel (Dry Creek, Sonoma) – $24
I love this wine and it is so great this time of year. Velvety, fruit forward with flavors of black berry and raspberry, clove, spice and a hint of chocolate on the finish. Very lush and full, not overtly dry – perfect balance to the array of foods served with this sort of meal. The beautiful spice and clove notes make me think of this time of year.
2009 Lenore Syrah (Washington State) – $15
This is such a delicious bottle for the price. Fruit forward but with ample amounts of spice. Lots of dark berry fruit and while it has structure, it won’t overwhelm the main focus – the food!