So Thanksgiving is almost here, and I am here to help you out with your wine choices. For the most part I usually go with decently hearty reds, occasionally a Rose, and almost regularly a sweeter white; this year will be no different. Trying to keep the wines light enough to not compete with the food, but hearty enough to hold their own is never an easy task, but it can be done, and once again, this year I think I got it spot on.
Guenoc Victorian Claret is an old friend of mine, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet, Merlot and likely a small percentage of filler, this wine is frequently consistent year to year. This guy boasts a decent amount of body and a hearty dry tannic start, but the flavor is where all the magic happens; the fruit-forward jaminess is balanced out with an impressive cedar character that finishes with a nice bit of tartness to bring the tannic start to a close.
On to a new wine we are now carrying, the Villa Wolf Rose. A Pinot Noir based Rose sporting a lot, and I mean a lot of raspberry and cherry sweetness and a nice light floral character to it as well. A transition wine I would say myself for someone that would rather drink something along the lines of a moscato or White Zin. The fruitiness and floral notes in this wine make it great if you are planning on having some honey ham or if you just want something light and sweet to drink while you cook and prep for the day.
Lastly, and quite nicely, our Wine of the Month for November, the Starling Castle Riesling. A crisp, bright, sweet white that is bound to please the vast majority of people at any dinner party. The sweet citrus fruitiness of this Riesling is what makes this wine so good and unique; as opposed to most other Riesling this one is not aggressively sweet, but more of a sweet nectar with a touch of honey to give it a bit more body then is expected from this style. Great with a meal or dessert, this is also a holiday must have and any table.
Cheers to you all this Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day, and that you eat the exact right amount of food to make waiting for the perfect slice of pie or the perfect cookie all the better.
Part 2 - Also by Andrew
I thought there might be some desire for more variety, so I am adding two more recommendations to our Thanksgiving wine recommendations.
A by Acacia Pinot Noir is the first of the bonus round, a light tart Pinot Noir that has a nice spicy bite and a fruity finish that stays light all the way through the wine. No as heavly noiceable on the oak aging as some Pinot's I've had, but this one is quite good and I am throughly pleased to say I can see this pairing well with Thanksgiving fair, or if you are not going the traditional route, Tacos.
The other bonus is the Three Muscateers Moscato. This is a blend of three different Moscato varieties, Muscat Alexandria, Muscat Blanc, and Orange Muscat. Up front you don't exactly expect sweet wine, the aroma is that of a vineyard right before harvest, very fresh and fruity; the flavor is where you get that sweetness, orange and citrus flavors are what are most noticeable, everything else about this wine is very light in body and lingering flavor. Personally, I would add this to my cranberry sauce, or if you were to make a spicy fruit chutney, to that as well.
Again, cheers, and have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.
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