The Perfect Thanksgiving Wines

We caught up with Master Sommelier, Craig Collins, for a few wine suggestions to help you round out your perfect holiday meal. Check out the list then stock your bar with a few of these gems!
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Pairing wine with the Thanksgiving meal can be difficult as there are so many different flavors for you to work with.  Instead of looking at specific pairings, I like to serve crowd friendly wines that are balanced and have a higher acid.  These wines will not only stand up to all the flavors on the table, but will please your mother-in-law as well.


White

2010 Trimbach Riesling

Alsace, France

Riesling is often sweet but this dry version from Alsace, France is food friendly and easy to drink. Peach and lime are highlighted by a delicate floral note and a defined minerality making this a great white to enjoy through the entire meal.

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2011 Chappellet Chenin Blanc

Napa, CA

it is rare to see this grape in Napa but Chappellet does a great job of making a classic example.  This is a rich wine with defined apple and pear notes and a bright lemon zest that balances the finish.  It is a great choice for turkey and is a white wine that will stand up to through out the entire meal.

Chappellet

Red

2010 Beckmen “Cuvee Le Bec”

Santa Ynez, CA

This is a beautiful Grenache/Syrah blend from California.  There is a fantastic cinnamon and nutmeg spice surrounded by tart red fruit and a kiss of oak.  The flavors of the wine meld together perfectly and are a natural pairing with the flavors of the holiday.

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2011 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Pinot Noir is a go to red wine for me as it will please every palate and go with everything on the table.  It is a very difficult grab to grow and produce often times making it very expensive but this is a great value and classic example of just how beautiful and feminine this grape can be.

Hahn Vineyards

Sparkling

NV Vecchia Modena Lambrusco

Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Yes, Lambursco is cool again!  This is a dry red, sparkling wine that is low in alcohol and has a slight effervesce.  It is an amazing food wine that will be gone before your know it so make sure to grab a back up bottle.

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Scarpetta Rosé

Northern Italy

This sparkling rosé has dried strawberry and raspberry characteristics with a hint of rose petal and a striking acid making it a great aperitif that can easily fit into the beginning of a meal.


Splurge

Pierre Peters Cuvee Reserve Blanc de Blanc

This is one of the premiere “grower champagnes’ available. This champagne is from some of the best vineyards in the region and is 100% Chardonnay giving it a tart green apple characteristic and a defined minerality. It is tough to find a more pleasing bottle of bubbles.

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