Can you believe that we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving? WTF!?!? Now, now, I love it! My Mom and I always say that this week coming up is our favorite of the entire year! It is the kick off to the Holiday’s, low key, and all about getting festive! While this year does feel REALLY low key, it is still a great distraction from the ever evolving Covid-19. Btw, I have never really mentioned this bu I am irritated that MY NUMBER – “19” -is used to reference this virus. Ugh. No more talk about that; let’s talk about what wine to serve for Thanksgiving!
Yes, this is the job that I am usually tasked with, as well as some yummy side dishes. This year, like any other year, though, I wanted to bring some bouginess to the socially distant table! It never fails, the question of “what wine to serve for Thanksgiving” always has my name next to it. And I LOVE it!
Before I share what wine to serve for Thanksgiving, let’s chat about “wine.com.” They are one of my go-to sites to learn about all things WINE! Currently, they are running a promotion for new customers – $20 off of $75.
I want to thank them for giving me all of the tasting notes on these beauties I am serving for Thanksgiving! Plus, I suck at the specifics – I just like what I like. Oh, and a THANK YOU to The Wine Source in Hampden for assisting in these selections
When doing a little research on my own, this vineyard kept coming up on top as “what to serve to guests. “FYI: Champagne would be served, regardless, if it is part of the Thanksgiving flight. After chatting with the gentleman at The Wine Source about this thoughts, he shared that it was one of his favorites! When asked if it was comparable to Veuve Clicquot, he said that is what they suggest if they are out of stock. Okay, I am hooked, and it’s time to get the coupe glasses lined up with super cute cocktail napkins.
A golden color, distinctive of black grape varieties. Very fine bubbles. On the nose, it has a beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit, and spicy aromas, with hints of roasted apples, apple compote, and peaches. On the palate, there is a subtle combination of structure, length, and vivacity. The bubbles are like velvet. Flavors of pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.
Pair with all fish, especially sushi and sashimi, shellfish such as shrimp, prawns, crayfish and grilled lobster, poultry and white meat, cashews, parmesan or prosciutto.
White wine seems to be what people think of when they are setting the Thanksgiving table. Yeah, yeah, turkey tends to lend with white but, sorry, I am throwing those rules right out the door. I like to serve to the masses, and have a plethora of options! One thing that I will always have is Chardonnay. I think it is the best option, especially if Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, or a Chenin Blanc is not your thing.
This chardonnay has been well recommended, and I thought it would be a fun change of pace to the usual that we serve. Okay, well, last year, I had some French showstoppers from my trip to Burgundy, France in May of 2019.
The 2014 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay is sourced from a diverse selection of blocks within the Estate that extends the length of the Anderson Valley. Using spontaneous yeasts the wine was largely fermented in barrel with about 5% being aged in stainless steel. About 15% of those barrels were new and all coopered from French oak.
The Anderson Valley’s unique climate yields wines of notable acidity and are benefitted by a complete malolactic fermentation. To strike the fine balance between fruit freshness and complexity, the wines are aged in barrel for nine months prior to bottling.
Chenin blanc is not something that I, generally, gravitate towards but it was a toss up between this and a Sancerre… because Thanksgiving people!
High in acidity, this grape is pretty universal – everything from sparkling, to dessert wine, to a basic, “neutral” wine. Lovely, right?
Taking its roots deep into the chalk soils of Vouvray, this off-dry wine resonates beautifully in the mouth. Its natural sugar and refreshing acidity blend harmoniously. Aerial and complex, this fruity wine is to be appreciated young, but can reveal itself graciously to the ones who wait.
2015 Chateau Larose Trintaudon *This is linked to the 2021 vintage!
Deep, very intense, brilliant, ruby-red colour. Red-berry fruit bouquet with hints of cedar and spices. The oak is not obtrusive. The initial impression on the palate is intense, with good body, richness, and lovely freshness, accentuating its overall tightness. The aftertaste is lovely and long.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Cheers to getting wasted…I KID!
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