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Wines to serve with Thanksgiving dinner

The Turkey is bought, the sides are chosen, the pie choices have been selected and so you think your menu is complete.  Ah but it is not, what about the wine?  Thanksgiving menus have a lot going on with food choices and flavors, which mean pairing wine is a bit more complicated than that of an everyday meal.  Thanksgiving menus usually include turkey and ham, green bean and corn casseroles, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and much more. Turkey is actually quite wine friendly and pairs well with many white and red wines, the problem is all the side dishes which have a touch of sweetness to them.  Super-dry wines can die in the presence of all that fruit, sugar, and salt , white wines with a little residual sugar can be your friend as are fruity red wines. 

Below are a few great wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner

Riesling:  A white wine that may either be dry or fairly sweet, excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet.  Riesling wines are a top pick white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot, honey and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.  

NXNW Riesling: $13.95  WC Price $12.55     For a Song Riesling: $13.95 WC Price $12.55  

Gewurztraminer: This white wine tends to have the aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal that give it a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both. Gewurztraminer offers a delicious white wine option for Thanksgiving Day.

Villa Wolfe Gewürztraminer: $15.95   WC Price $14.35

Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp white wine is known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, making it a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.

Twomey:$24.95     WC Price $22.45    Pedrocelli:$15.50   WC Price $13.95 

Pinot Grigio/Gris: Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.

Villa Wolfe Pinot Gris:$15.50 WC Price$13.95   Sassi Pinot Grigio:$13.95 WC Price$12.56 

Rosé:  Rosé’s provide a capable go between for those that are not firmly camped in either the red or white wine trenches.  Rosé wines are the most versatile for pairing with virtually any part of the Thanksgiving feast.

La Veilla Ferme Ventox Rose: $11.95  WC $10.75   Julia’s Dazzle: $21.75  WC Price$19.57

Pinot Noir: This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom inspired flavors surround the fruit features of the wine and tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.

Underwood Pinot Noir: $15.95   WC Price $14.35    Cherry Tart: $21.95   WC Price $19.75 

Grenache based blends:  Fruity and lighter in tannins, Grenache and Grenache-based wines like a Cotes du Rhone are wonderful with turkey. 

Morgan GSM:$16.95  WC Price $15.25      Saint Cosme:$16.95   WC Price $15.25

Zinfandel: A fuller bodied red wine that ups the intensity from a Pinot Noir, but still maintains a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. This would be a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter and sweet flavor profiles.

La Storia Zinfandel: $28.95  WC Price $26.05       Ca'Momi:  $17.75     WC Price: $15.97      

Exploring Pinot Noir

Exploring Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the 10th most planted grape variety in the world. It is one of France’s ancient grapes dating back to the 1st century and is over 1000 years older than Cabernet Sauvignon. However, Pinot Noir is still just a drop in the ocean of American wine compared to the big three wine varieties—Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.

Many wine regions around the world grow Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is difficult to grow and thrives in a narrow band of climate and soil conditions; relatively cool climates and well-drained, often limestone soil. Just as there are differences among individual vineyards, there are variations among growing regions that result in different textures, flavors and aromas. For example: Pinot Noirs from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley are known for their silky texture and deep black-cherry fruit. Pinots from Burgundy tend to have more acidity, earthy aromas and stronger tannins, and ones from northern Italy (called Pinot Nero) are often lighter-bodied, with red-cherry notes. The best Pinots have complex, intense aromas; textures that are somehow both firm and weightless; and flavors that seem to effortlessly balance the fruity (raspberries, cherries, strawberries) with the savory (earth, mushrooms, pepper).  Affordable and typically more fruit-forward Pinots can be found from California, Oregon and New Zealand.

Wine writers Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz of the book “Wine Grapes” claimed that Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc are simply color mutations of Pinot Noir. Each grape DNA was analyzed only to find out they are identical. So, if you like Pinot Noir, start drinking all the Pinots!  Where there’s Pinot Noir, there’s Chardonnay. Chardonnay is actually related to Pinot Noir. It’s a natural crossing of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc (a near extinct variety). This is why Chardonnay and Pinot Noir always seem to grow together.

France is the largest producer of Pinot Noir, the US is the 2nd largest with Germany coming in as the 3rd largest producer, where Pinot Noir is called Spätburgunder.

Best Food Matches

Pinot Noir pairs well with a wide range of foods and is really a “catch-all” for food pairing. Fruitier versions make a great match with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes; bigger, more tannic Pinots are ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.  

Some great Pinot Noirs that Vino Mas Carries are:

Cherry Tart 2012 - California:  Rich and approachable, driven by layers of blackberry, wild berry, cherry and plum flavors. This is well-proportioned and maintains a fruity profile amid firm tannins.  90 Pts Wine Spectator  Wine      Club Price: $19.76

Paul Hobbs-Crossbarn – Russian River Valley, CA:  The elegant 2012 Pinot Noir Cross Barn Sonoma Coast exhibits excellent notes of licorice, red and black currants and a hint of sweet cherries. With outstanding texture, velvety tannins and a delicious mouthfeel, this is a super value in high class Pinot Noir.  90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate       Wine Club Price: $28.76

Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvee Pinot Noir 2012 - Edna Valley, CA:  This is a big Pinot, with great acid structure, but soft, smooth tannins. Aromas are of anise, cola and deep dark cherry along with smoky barrel notes. Flavors of candied cherry and red licorice are followed by a spicy mid-palate and a nice vanillin, faintly smoky finish.       Wine Club Price: $22.05

10 Span Pinot Noir 2012 - Central Coast, CA:  Aromas of red berries and fresh flowers are complemented by Asian spice notes that add complexity. Juicy and precise, the wine showcases energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that provide very good palate coverage. The finish impresses with its vivacity and length, leaving a spicy note behind.       Wine Club Price: $15.26

Underwood Pinot Noir - Oregon:  Light and pretty raspberry fruit gains mass and flavor interest with well-integrated veins of stem and earth. It’s nicely balanced and true to variety.   Wine Club Price: $14.35

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