Wines for Thanksgiving

From: Michael
Sent on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 8:17 PM

Greetings to all you wine-lovers,

After weathering Sandy, we are most certainly ready to celebrate and give thanks for all that we have … and what better way to do it with then with wine and food. Lets face it, celebrating Thanksgiving is synonymous with not just stuffing the turkey, but also stuffing ourselves with food galore, so we definitely need some good wine to wash it down, and get a buzz as we socialize with family and friends – right?

So to help you pick wine that would pair well with not only the typical fair served at Thanksgiving, but will taste delicious on its own – Adam compiled a list of wines that are All- American (hey, we are celebrating America – right?), affordable, and widely distributed (also available at Trader Joes Wine Shop in Union Square). So here goes Adam's selection ...

Its always best to start with white wine as an aperitif, and the 2010 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ( about $15 - rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast) is just perfect as it explodes with fresh aromas of citrus fruits, pear and fig, and floral nuances that add complexity. It is juicy and expansive, offering bright orange and lemon flavors. The finish is relatively long with lingering honeysuckle and zesty citrus qualities.

To complement the main dish of turkey (or any other meat), I highly recommend the following three wines. Two Pinot Noir and one Cabernet:

1. 2010 Benton-Lane Pinot Noir willamette valley (about $15). The aromas of Bing cherries, and blackberries just leap from the glass. On the palette - ripe blueberries, red raspberries and baked strawberries are intermingled to form an incredibly delicious medley. This is a wine is balanced and elegent, with tremendous depth and nuance.

2. La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir - 2010 or 2011 (about $17). This is is a big and juicy Pinot that is bursting with dark fruit accompanied by earthy aromas that are well integrated. The palate also echoes the juicy, plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. The subtle earthiness leads to a smooth and silky finish.

3. The 2009 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (about $17 – rated 91 by WE). This is a Cabernet that typifies Napa Valley. It is Deep, dense and concentrated, with intense aromas of blueberry, plum and cassis intermingled with cocoa, cinnamon and sweet, toasty oak. It is full bodied and well balanced with somewhat acidic (in a pleasant way) finish that lingers.

Hope You enjoy the wines and have an awesome Thanksgiving. And if you purchase the wines at TJ, mention to the guy with the Hawaiian shirt that Adam sent you.

Cheers and bless you and your families,
Adam, Justin, and Michael

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