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Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Advice

November 17th, 2011

The holidays are upon us. Family, friends and food. Cheers has what you need – the finishing touches to elevate your holiday meal. Stop in and let us help you take it to the next level. Here is our Unsolicited Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Advice.

HAM

Choose a wine that will complement the saltiness of the meat and the sweetness added by most glazes. A fruit forward Pinot Noir, or Pinot Gris for a light, refreshing touch. Also, Gewurztraminer, a dry Riesling, Pinot Blanc, a dry Rose, or a lightly oaked Chardonnay.

May we suggest:
Block Nine 2009 Caiden’s Vineyard Pinot Noir $13.99
Run, don’t walk, to find this lovely, inexpensive Pinot Noir. It’s a fine wine to drink now for its soft silkiness, crisp dryness and raspberry, cherry, cola, pomegranate and sandalwood flavors.

Freedom Cellars 2010 Green Valley Liberty Chardonnay $19.99
This wine evokes aromas of citrus zest and toasted almond. Flavors of ripe apple and kumquat complement the hints of fresh cream and oak. Soft, driven acidity balances the bright fruit.

Toad Hollow 2010 Sonoma County Dry Rose of Pinot Noir $8.99
90pts & Editor’s Choice Nov 2011 Wine Enthusiast – French-style, bone-dry, elegant Rose. Crisp with a very dry finish, watermelon, tutti-fruity, strawberry, bananas and roses.

Jezebel 2009 Oregon Blanc $16.99
A blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling. Crisp, aromatic and fruity.

Thomas George Estates 2009 Russian River Pinot Blanc $29.99
This 100% stainless steel wine explodes with a bouquet of Granny Smith apple and candied cantaloupe. The silky viscosity creates a gloss that slides down the palate. Rich flavors of pink melon and green pear help balance the searing, but surprising acidity.

TURKEY

Bubbles (Blanc de Blanc or Sparkling Rose), Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Tempranillo, Albarino, Torrontes, a fruity white blend, or a lightly oaked Chardonnay.

May we suggest:
Helfrich 2007 Vin d’Alsace Riesling $11.99
Aromas of citrus and herbaceous elements. The palate starts out with positive citrus flavors then moves to a crisp, dry, mineral finish of moderate length. In fact, the finish is a bit drier than the initial impression would suggest. Medium dry, light bodied, and reasonably well balanced.

Cadre 2007 The Architects Pinot Noir $39.99
This wine’s purity is proof that a great Pinot does not have to come from a single vineyard. Its bone dry and full-bodied in tannins, with complex flavors of black cherries, red currants, Dr. Pepper cola and exotic Asian spices.

La Crema 2009 Sonoma Chardonnay $19.99
Opens with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak, laced with just a kiss of butterscotch. The palate is round and nutty, with flavors of yellow apple and orange adding lushness, while well-balanced acidity creates a lovely vibrancy.

Mil Piedras 2009 Viognier $10.99
Pale green with shades of yellow. Aromatic with notes of honeysuckle and peach. Fresh and crisp on the palate with tastes of tart green apples.

Gruet Brut Rose $16.99
A lovely, bright floral bouquet with hints of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. On the palate, it is rich and fruity in a dry, Brut style. The flavors of berries continues on the palate.

BEEF /LAMB

Demands a red that can stand up to the robust flavor, but not overpower it. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Burgundy, a Rhone red, Malbec, Merlot or Syrah/Shiraz.

May we suggest:
Freedom Cellars 2009 Independence Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99
Bright and full of fruit, this wine shows flavors of dark berry and plum. Super soft but structured tannins balance this bold yet refreshing wine. A great example of juicy ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon but has the backbone to handle bold flavored foods.

E. Guigal 2007 Cotes du Rhone $12.99
90pts Robert Parker. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre. A deep ruby/purple wine with lots of cassis, kirsch, pepper, and even an intriguing floral note, the wine is medium to full-bodied, silky smooth, and a truly hedonistic and intellectually satisfying wine that is a remarkable bargain.

JC Cellars 2007 The Imposter $34.99
90pts Wine Spectator. A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier. Inky dark, ripe and luscious, with smoky, spicy plum aromas and dense, rustic huckleberry, mineral and licorice flavors that finish with briary tannins.

The Pessimist 2010 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99
Deep ruby red color with aromas of wild berries, vanilla and spice. On the palate, cherries, cocoa, blackberries and oak.

25 Lagunas 2010 Argentina Malbec $8.99
Bright black cherry aromas with light floral notes and a touch of smoky toast. The palate is full and rich with ripe, concentrated cassis and plum flavors over a core of firm, round tannins. The finish shows a hint of spice and dried cherry.

One Comment on "Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Advice"

  1. brett November 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Great Advice! I’ve never tried pairing before, but this year I will. Thanks!!

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