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Wine Pairing Recommendations for Thanksgiving

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We want to  thank our market sponsor, The Bottle Shop, for giving us great wine & food pairing recommendations. These wines go with our vendors’ Thanksgiving products and our Thanksgiving Recipes.  All wines are available for purchase at The Bottle Shop.

Big Fire Pinot Gris 2010 – This Pinot Gris is great with turkey. It is rich enough to handle garlic, onions, and herbs. The citrus and peach notes refresh the palate between the many flavorful, high-fat dishes, making it a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day. Big Fire Oregon Pinot Gris opens up with white peach, apple and Seville orange zest. In the middle there are notes of Tangelo, spice and an herbal note. The finish is pure lime and flint. $18.00

Alvarez de Toledo Godello – Such a deal, this lovely Spanish white was rated 90 points by Robert Parker, Jr. This unoaked beauty delivers a lovely perfume of baking spices, melon, peaches, and minerals. Round, spicy, and pleasure-bent, this smooth-textured, impeccably balanced effort over-delivers in a very big way. This should be an interesting new Thanksgiving wine. $13.00

Hook & Ladder Chardonnay – This Chardonnay is from a vineyard situated in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, where vineyards produce cool climate grapes widely recognized as some of the finest in the world. Fermented 100% in French oak barrels, 75% of wine goes through a malolactic fermentation that naturally creates a light buttery flavor and smooth mouth feel. While on its lees, the wine is hand stirred to develop additional complexity of flavors and aromas. This Chardonnay is made in the style that put California Chardonnay on the map. It is buttery and oaky but nicely balanced, not over the top. A slight minerality complements the crisp green apple finish. $20.00

Robert Oatley Gewürztraminer 2010 – This single vineyard, mature Gewurztraminer vines were planted in Mudgee Australia by the Oatley family in 2000. The wine is alluring, textured and dry. It received a 90 point rating by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker who said, “This wine bursts from the glass with smack-you-in-the-face Gewürz aromas of roses, ginger and lychee, and doesn’t let up on the palate. It’s full and a bit viscous without getting blowsy, with lingering spice notes on the finish. Drink now.” Gewurztraminer has long been a Thanksgiving favorite because it is rich enough to pair with turkey, and the spicy notes work with the Thanksgiving side dishes. $18.00

Dr. L Riesling – 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. This wine comes exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil, and embodies the elegant and racy style of classic Mosel Riesling. By working closely with growers on long-term contract, brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen are able to assure excellent quality in every vintage. The soft sweetness of Riesling is an excellent complement to the saltiness of a smoked turkey, the acidity makes it friendly to all foods. $14.00

2011 Manoir du Carra, Beaujolais Nouveau – Just barely three weeks old, this fresh fruity red from the granite hills of Beaujolais comes entirely from Gamay grapes. Beaujolais Nouveau is released each year in mid November and is a celebration of harvest and a festive event. This bistro style wine should be consumed in copious quantities in the first full year of its life. The cranberry aromas and flavors are a natural match for traditional Thanksgiving fare. $13.00

Roncier (Pinot Noir) – The label is intriguingly vague but the grapes for this delicious wine are grown in the Mercurey appellation in Burgundy. This brand has been produced by Maison L. Tramier for decades and enjoyed in Europe as an everyday table wine. On the nose are floral aromas of cherry and red fruits, with a round palate of dark cherry and forest floor flavors and a lovely Pinot Noir finish. If you have been looking for a consistent, delicious wine for everyday drinking with true Burgundian character, your search is over.  A winner with beef or turkey, you can also pair this with polenta and mushroom ragout or grilled salmon. $13.00

Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Les Champauvins – Grand Veneur has been heralded as one of the most brilliant estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Always a particular favorite of Robert Parker he rates this vintage, “the single-vineyard Cotes du Rhone, the 2010 Les Champauvins, is a smaller cuvee made largely from Grenache (70%) and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. This is the poor person’s Chateauneuf du Pape, with notes of garrigue, lavender, black cherry jam, licorice, and a hint of blacker fruits. Rich, full-bodied, ripe, with sweet tannin and lots of concentration, this is a beauty to drink over the next 8-10 years – it is that rich and concentrated.” -Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 92 pts BEST BUY. $19.00

2010 Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone – This rare 100% Syrah has again scored 90 points from Wine Spectator, the previous vintage was on last year’s top wines of the year list. They say, “This has lush, silky-textured layers of dark plum, anise and crushed blackberry fruit, woven with black tea and graphite notes through the finish. Impresses with its length and depth. Drink now through 2012.”  The Syrah grape can bring a spicy edge or a meaty character to the table which often increases the complexity, while graciously handling the cornucopia of flavors in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prevalent peppery notes of Syrah will partner well with the herb-infused stuffing and both the white and dark turkey meat. $17.00

Predator Old Vines Zinfandel – Zinfandel is a good choice for those that like their Thanksgiving wine bold and American. Crispy bacon, coffee gelato, and chocolate covered cherry aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with lots of jammy berry fruit and a smooth zesty cocoa – dusted citrus finish. The smokiness of this wine would pair nicely with a smoked turkey. $19.00

Santa Julia Tardio – This is a late harvest Torrontes, the signature white grape of Argentina. It is a delicate, sweet wine with pear, apricot and citrus aromas. There is fresh fruit and honey on the palate. In Argentina, they enjoy it with dulce de leche pancakes – this would be a knock out for Thanksgiving dessert because it offers the sweetness and the viscosity to support the rich flavors and robust spice of the pumpkin or apple pie as well as the caramelized flavors found in a pecan pie. $15.00

Mionetto “IL” Moscato – This gentle-sparkling wine is fresh and crisp with a floral bouquet and fruit finish. The gentle effervescence of this distinctive white wine makes it a favorite at celebrations and social gatherings. Serve as an aperitif before brunch, lunch or dinner. Enjoy with dessert – from simple fresh fruit to sophisticated pastries. The “IL” Moscato also serves as an excellent complement to spicier cuisine such as Indian or Thai. $17.00

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