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It’s our favorite time of the year! The time of year where we get to pair so many wines with so many meals. We love every second of it. We put a lot of thought into the pairings we selected. We always take into account how the wines will pair with the meal, but also whether the wines are good for a group. It’s all fun and games until you show up with a wine that nobody wants to drink. Don’t be that person. We’re here to help! Plus Tomorrow! Don't miss our Thanksgiving Tasting Extravaganza! We will taste 8, wines that will pair perfectly with any Thanksgiving meal!
Pop your favorite sparkling as guests arrive, with hors d’ouerves, with anything on the table, or as a palate cleanser between courses! We’re a firm believer that bubbles are fitting for almost all foods and occasions. For a larger group, we recommend having a few bottles of no-frills delicious sparkling wine such as Bouvet Cremant de Loire, or splurge on a nice bottle of Champagne Dosnon Blanc de Noir Brut for a smaller crowd.
That’s right. Red Sparkling. It’s our favorite! Sparkling red wine is a fun, festive option that is sure to spark a conversation at any dinner. Lambrusco - or Lambo for short - is a perfect fall wine and goes well with pretty much everything on the Thanksgiving table! It’s great before, during and after dinner. This sparkling Italian red from Reggio Emilia is made in different styles, ranging from sweet to just slightly sweet or totally dry. We have one for every category - the Medici Ermete Dolce for a sweeter option, the Medici Ermerte Secco for just a hint of sweetness, or our favorite, the Cavicchioli Vigna del Cristo that’s light and dry with great acidity. It’s perfect with charcuterie, ham, hard cheeses or anything with a tomato sauce.
It’s hard to have a Thanksgiving meal without at least one bottle of Rosé on the table. There isn’t a soul on earth who won’t fall in love with a glass of Rosé paired alongside stuffing and gravy! The fruit forward nature of the wine makes it easy drinking for and pleasing for everyone. Be sure to pick up a dry bottle of Rosé such a La Fete Rosé from St. Tropez or Clos Cibonne Rosé made predominantly from the Tibouren grape!
You can’t go wrong with any Alsacetian white for Thanksgiving, or any time to be honest. A Riesling or Pinot Blanc are great options, and we especially like the lesser known Sylvaner varietal by Albert Seltz. It has a balance of rich, lush fruit and crisp acidity making it a delicious companion to any of your sides, from sweet potatoes to cranberry sauce and casseroles.
We also think white Burgundy will steal the show at any meal. Alain Chavy is our choice for this feast. This white Burgundy made of Chardonnay grown in Puligny-Montrachet way over-delivers for the price. It’s full-bodied with great, food-friendly acidity and a touch of French oak. This would be an awesome white option for turkey and stuffing. This is the Chardonnay for the person in the room who doesn’t like Chardonnay.
We couldn’t have a list of Thanksgiving wines and leave out Beaujolais! This is a classic Thanksgiving wine. In the region of Beaujolais, just on the southern tip of Burgundy, the first wine of the year comes out right after it’s harvested and fermented with minimal aging time - Beaujolais Nouveau. Nouveau gets to the United States around mid November so it’s a tradition to have Beaujolais Nouveau on Thanksgiving Day. It’s light, fruity and extremely easy-drinking - exactly what you want with turkey and all the rich foods on this holiday. The Raisins Gaulois is Beaujolais’ legend, Marcel Lapierre’s “entry-level” wine. This cheerful wine pops with red cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit with bright acidity. Serve it with a slight chill, relax and enjoy. Or stop in and see if we have any Beaujolais Nouveau in stock. It comes and goes so quickly each year!
Luigi Giordano, fourth generation wine-making family, makes this Nebbiolo/Arneis blend in the Barbaresco region located in Piedmont, Italy. You get all the quality and terroir from classified Barbaresco, but at a fraction of the price. This Langhe Rosso is younger, lighter and less serious, aged for about six months instead of the standard minimum of two years for Barbaresco. It’s fruity with an herbal edge and a hint of spice and wet stone.
Northern Rhone Syrah is one of our go-to winter reds. It’s weighty and powerful with dark fruits, savory black olive and meaty notes, earthy, spicy, leathery and cozy. For those having beef, pork or lamb instead of turkey this Thanksgiving, the Domaines des Remizieres “Cuvee Particuliere” from Crozes-Hermitage is the move.
Now Let's Eat!
We've rounded up a few of our faves for your Thanksgiving Table! Sparkling, Red or White, we've got you covered! Plus Tonight! Don't miss our Thanksgiving Tasting Extravaganza! We will taste 10, wines that will pair perfectly with any Thanksgiving meal!
Brut Sparkling - Pop your favorite sparkling as guests arrive, with hors d’ouerves, with anything on the table or as palate cleanser between courses! We’re a firm believer that bubbles are fitting for almost all foods and occasions. 3 Parks recommends Simmonet Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne, or splurge on fine Champagne like Champagne Delamotte or Ruinart Blanc de Blanc.
Rose or Red Sparkling - Pink or red bubbles are a fun, festive option with nice bright red fruit that would be perfect for charcuterie, ham, hard cheeses or anything with a tomato sauce. 3 Parks recommends Concerto Lambrusco, The Chook Sparkling Shiraz and Terrazze Dell’Etna Rose.
Gewurztraminer - This distinct, aromatic, rich white wine best known from Alsace, France has the perfect amount of subtle sweetness, exotic fruit and baking spice notes to complement sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. 3 Parks recommends Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures from Alsace.
Chenin Blanc: We’re big fans of this vibrant, versatile variety that’s made in different styles in different regions, whether from its native Loire Valley or New World regions like South Africa. Chenin Blanc is a fantastic food wine. Check out our favorite ways to pair it at the Thanksgiving table.
Viognier - Viognier is a great full-bodied white for fall and winter with stone fruit and floral notes that would go well with rich comfort food like roasted root vegetables, baked brie with fruit and nuts, mashed potatoes & gravy and mac & cheese. 3 Parks recommends Melville from California. We’re also in love with St. Fleur by Triennes from Provence as well as Darioush from California.
For reds at Thanksgiving, we’re going with light, bright and juicy with the right amount of earthy and herbal notes for some nice complexity - wonderful for turkey, versatile enough for a range of dishes on the Thanksgiving table, and good enough to enjoy on their own.
Trousseau - We love this grape as an alternative to the classic pinot and gamay go-tos.The Jura is a really cool region in Northeastern France that produces very interesting, unique wines, including wines made from the Trousseau grape in Arbois. Arbois is usually very light with a great see-through ruby color and a trademark charming funk. We also recommend The Eyrie Vineyards from Willamette Valley, Oregon - the first to make Trousseau in that region.
Pinot - We love Pinot Noir for the holidays because it’s a wonderful combination of bright, elegant and earthy, which makes for a great food-friendly wine. Try the beautiful Arterberry Maresh from Dundee Hills, Oregon, Smoke Tree from Sonoma, or splurge on one of our Premiur Cru Burgundys.
Gamay - A classic Turkey Wine, this light, juicy, low-tannin red is downright gulpable and the star grape of the Beaujolais region just below Burgundy. There are the simple, extremely easy-drinking Beaujolais Nouveau released in time for the holidays, village-level Boujolais of great quality and all the way to serious Cru Beaujolais that can stand up to many top notch Burgundys. 3 Parks recommends Laurence & Remi Dufaitre’s Premices.
Pinot AND Gamay - For a twist on these classic Thanksgiving varietals, try them blended together from the Loire Valley from acclaimed producer Henri Bourgeois. Their “Solissime” is light and easy-drinking, displaying notes of cranberry and herbs like rosemary, perfect for Turkey Day.
Domaine Chandon Sparkling Wine Tasting!
Do you love Moët et Chandon Champagne?
Well you should NOT miss this tasting with
Brand Ambassador & friend, Jennifer Sollinger!
Established in 1973 by Moët et Chandon, California's Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned sparkling wine producer in Napa Valley.
Makes sense why it's everyone's first stop when they arrive in Yountville!
$10.00 Tasting Fee
Tasting Fee Refunded w/ Purchase of 3 Bottles from Tasting
Plan ahead and leave work early! Your boss will understand!
Tell them to join you with pinkies up!
Domaine Chandon Brut
Domaine Chandon Rosé
étoile Brut Rosé
Domaine Chandon Sweetstar
As some of you may already know, Sarah is packing her bags and heading to Spain next week. It would only make sense to give you a little taste of España at our Wednesday Night Tasting. We've paired up with our good friends at The Spotted Trotter to really give you a taste of Spain...everything they use is sourced locally, but that's neither here nor there...it's done in a Spanish style.
We've paired The Spotted Trotter alongside an assortment of wines that will be sure to step up any dinner party or picnic you plan on having.
Gran Castillo Cava
The Champagne of Spain and a perfect match for Spanish Salumi
Patio + Rosé + Charcuterie = The way life should be!
Ontañón Ecológico Rioja
No Spanish Tasting is complete without a glass of Rioja.
It's the red wine partner to cured meat.
When we heard our friend Bill Hanson, National Sales Manager of Stoller Family Estate, was going to be in town, we made some quick changes to our tasting schedule and invited him to do a tasting in the store!
He was thrilled to come visit us!
I traveled to Oregon a few years ago and my initial response was
Love at First Sight. My first stop was Portland where I dined and imbibed hard...real hard. The food was amazing and the cocktails were unforgettable. The next day we drove an hour to McMinnville and I knew pretty quickly that Oregon had my kind of wine country. The true confirmation was after my visit to Stoller.
The property is literally jaw dropping. A place you can spend an
entire afternoon sipping on Rosé and Pinot Noir, which is exactly what I did.
Get off of work early tomorrow and come meet Bill.
He'll be a pouring an assortment of Stoller wines and giving an in-depth
discussion of Oregon wine country, specifically Dundee Hills.
Guys! It's a miracle! Our birthday finally fell on a Wednesday night and we are beyond excited about it! So what do we do, of course, we have a Wine Tasting Extravaganza! Well, it's a mini extravaganza. The real party is coming in about a month or so...keep an eye out.
Wednesday, February 1st
Our Birthday Tasting Squad:
A ton of wine from one of our favorite importers, Eileen Hallmark from The Sorting Table
Dessert bar from Cake Hags
Pimento Cheese assortment from Home Grown
A river dance from Beth Lassiter
The best music & ambiance from Sarah Pierre
I mean, do you really want to miss this tasting? Probably not. #squadgoals
Might we add, this is the perfect Humpday treat.
See You There!
We told you we were coming with some new & fun things in 2017!
Tomorrow, we have Manj deSilva with Laureate Imports bringing his Slovenian A Game and teaching us all there is to know about this under-the-radar wine region!
Slovenian Cliff Notes:
Why do I know so little about Slovenia?
Easy. Once part of former Yugoslavia (remember Yugoslavia, yall!?!), Slovenia became Independent in 1991. The vast knowledge of history you have for many Europe regions does not exist for Slovenia. We're currently writing history and we're glad wine is a huge part of it!
Where is Slovenia? I need to see a map.
Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Basin. AKA in between Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia.
The oldest vine in the world grows in Slovenia. 400 years old it is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world.
2 million people, 32 dialects
Tis The Season to sip on Port wine by the fire!
Taylor LBV 2010 - 92 PTS Wine Spectator
Croft Tawny Reserve - 92 PTS Tasting Panel / 90 PTS Wine Spectator
Taylor First Estate Reserve Ruby
Taylor 20YR Tawny - 93 PTS Robert Parker
Stop by Tonight! 5:30 -7:00pm
Wednesday, November 16th
It's almost time to set the table!
Join us as we taste 10, yes, 10 wines that will pair perfectly with any Thanksgiving meal. We have put a lot of thought into the wines, and we are very excited to share our suggestions with you. You don't want to miss this extraordinary tasting!$10/person
(fee will be waived with a purchase of 6 bottles)
Stop in anytime between 5:30 - 7:30pm!
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In addition to your support through our wine tasting, we hope that you
will also walk with us on Saturday, October 29th for the
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