Another Thanksgiving full of stuffing, yams, pumpkin pie, turkey and football is almost upon us. I talked about some great wines and varietals and how they go with your holiday dinner in my 2009 Thanksgiving pairings article, and those rules still apply. If you're still looking for the perfect wines to match, I've got a few for you:
- Santa Margherita Prosecco ($16). Yes, they do make a normally overpriced Pinot Grigio, but their Prosecco is amazing and a deal at this pricepoint. Apricots, pears, peach and a hint of white pepper will tickle your tongue.
- 2007 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris ($15). A turkey dinner always needs some richness and this wine has it. Loaded with sweet fruit nuances of peach, pear, melon and apple pie, a touch of minerality, a hint of spice and creaminess makes this the white wine buy of the holiday season.
- 2007 Grgich Hills Chardonnay ($36). A steadily amazing wine year after year, this biodynamic, full-bodied but bright white will match your turkey and alot of other dishes. Ripe apple, mango, oaky vanilla, cinnamon, pineapple and wild honey are just a few of the nuances your senses will enjoy.
- 2006 Dog Point Pinot Noir ($34). Recently I've become a huge fan of New Zealand Pinot Noir, and this one keeps me coming back. Excellent acidity, this wine is vibrant and full of earthiness, mushroom, ripe cherry and plum.
- 2006 Château de Tiregand Pécharmant ($15). A hard wine to find but well worth the adventure. Hailing from Bergerac, this deal is made up of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. It's silky smooth and complex, full of dark plum, coffee, blackberry, clove and vanilla.
- 2007 Cosentino CigarZin ($15). This is one of my favorite red picks for the holidays- a very festive wine with dark dried fruit and lively spice flavor. Have to love the jamminess and cigarbox scents!
- Terradora di Paolo Aglianico ($16). A southern Italian classic which goes perfect with your holiday dinner. Ripe raspberry, cherry, tobacco, licorice and more oak spice takes this wine a long way.
- Dogfish Head Punkin Ale ($9.99/4 pack) I'm always throwing a beer or two in and since I made a batch of pumpkin ale, I decided to recommend one of my favorites on the market. The pumpkin flavor is subtle and it does have the spices and a hint of brown sugar on its full-bodied finish.
I hope you go with some of these selections and enjoy the day with your friends and family. Also, have fun planning those post-Thanksgiving workouts and let me know how the pairings worked!