Last year about this time I posted some suggestions for Thanksgiving wines. Although I contributed a piece about this off-site earlier this week, I don’t think I have much to add to the great write-ups I’ve already seen in the wine blogosphere. In no particular order, check out these:
The good Dr. Vino got the ball rolling with some interesting suggestions starting with the food friendly Sauvignon Blanc, then turning to Cru Beaujolais, an Aussie Grenache and a few other obscure wines. His dessert wine, a late harvest Viognier from Argentina, sounds like something that I’ll look for around town this week.
Then Lenn blogged the traditional Pinot Noir and Riesling match. He also said he’ll serve some NY bubbly as a starter; a very nice choice.
The Wine Cask Blog makes some good suggestions starting with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. I agree on the last two, but most New World Cab’s would overpower the bird IMHO. Perhaps they were thinking about some Bordeaux, as they do point out that an aged Cabernet is a good idea. Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc are the whites mentioned; no argument here.
And finally, the Thanksgiving For All blog has quite a list of recommendations starting at $5 and topping out at around $50. They even suggest the widely disliked White Zinfandel, a bold, but logical choice (as a bonus, listen to Blake Gray’s comments about white Zin on the latest Chronicle Wines podcast).
For our table I haven’t yet decided what to match with the turkey and side dishes. Since everything will be on the savory side, it will probably be just reds. Perhaps a southern RhÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´ne blend or Merlot with some age on it. For starters, I think I’ll try the Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2006 I picked up Thursday. I’ll post my final choices on Thursday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!