Thanksgiving Wine Guide!
Diochon Moulin-a-Vent 2015
It would be impossible for us to talk about Thanksgiving without mentioning this wine. Gamay is a perfect pair for the Thanksgiving repast. Plenty of fruit, yet refreshingly dry. Richness and depth held in perfect balance and restraint. One of most concentrated and age-worthy of Beaujolais’ Crus, Moulin-a-Vent wines usually gain depth and complexity for up to a decade in the cellar, and Diochon’s 2015 bottling is no exception. The only problem is that in order to save any, you have to stop yourself from drinking it all. Let us know how that works for you.
Thomas Fogarty Gewurztraminer 2013
Normally we’d point our Thanksgiving meal planners towards a gewurztraminer from Alsace in France (still a great choice, mind you) but this year we can’t help highlighting a wine a little closer to home. Fogarty’s Monterey Gewurztraminer is perhaps the perfect Thanksgiving white wine. On the nose it is rich and perfumed, and almost belies sweetness, but the palate proves otherwise, with bright acidity and crisp apple and pear notes.
Becker Family Pinot Noir 2012
When they think of Pinot Noir, most people’s minds stray to the rolling hills of Burgundy, or the cool Sonoma Coast in California. If they are particularly adept, they might imagine the savory spice of the Willamette Valley or the rich body of a Central Otago bottling. But few people, sadly, think of Germany. In fact, premium-quality Pinot Noir has been made for ages in Pfalz, and the rise in plantings and overall quality in recent years had led to a surge in the US market. This Pinot is dry and earthy, with perfect balance between richness and acidity. And when it comes to versatility on the table, it can’t be beat. This is the kind of red that can handle that “surprise” dish from Aunt Gladys without breaking a sweat.
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