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November Mingle: Matching Wines with Turkey

From: tom m.
Sent on: Saturday, November 6, 2010 11:59 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Wine Society!

What: November Mingle: Matching Wines with Turkey

When: Thursday, November 18. Come by anytime between 6:00 & 9:00 PM

Price: $20.00 paid in advance

Where: King George Hotel
334 Mason St. @ Geary
San Francisco, CA 94102
Close to Powell St. BART station, Muni lines, and around the corner from the Union Square Garage

This soir?e will offer a range of wines to try along with a small plates version of America's uniquely fall celebration: roasted turkey, stuffing, greens, and sweet potato casserole. Some of the wines will come from the grape growing region we recently explored: Coombsville in the Napa Valley. For less than the cost of two glasses of wine at a wine bar, you can enjoy a range of current releases and nibbles with convivial conversation.

There really isn't a wine that doesn't "go" with turkey, though some may pair better with the stuffing depending on the ingredients, and the other fixin's of the holiday. When pressed, many enthusiasts suggest Riesling and/or bubbly as the most suitable. Others will recommend Pinot Noir, Merlot, or other red varietals.

Wild turkey formed the core dish for what traditionally is known as "The First Thanksgiving"-- the 1621 gathering between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony. The use of the turkey in the USA for Thanksgiving precedes Lincoln's nationalization of the holiday in 1863. Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that no "Citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day," and many of the Founding Fathers (particularly Benjamin Franklin) had high regard for the wild turkey as an American icon.

We'll also preview our unique "wineries give back" PAIRINGS concept which we hope to roll out the middle of next month. More info on this program to follow.

Come socialize and, if you wish, share experiences for which you are thankful in these challenging times.

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