Wines for Your Thanksgiving Table
In any given year you would be hard pressed to find any respectable publisher of food and wine writing that wouldn't offer a selection of wines for Thanksgiving. Staying true to tradition we are not without those ourselves, the only difference is that unlike an article found in print, you can actually come and speak with us to find out which one of these wines would be right, or perhaps not, for you. For this reason we say thank you for your trust, and occasional leaps of faith, in our suggestions and we wish you and yours a happy and safe, and delicious, Thanksgiving.
And don't forget to check our Wine Sampler
page for other options, because there are always other options.
Erik's Fine Wines for Thanksgiving
Charly Thevenet Regnie Cru Beaujolais 2011
$32.99 (on sale for $26.39 Through Thanksgiving)
Created by Charly Thevenet, son of the well known Morgon producer Jean- Paul Thevenet, this wine is conceived from 80+ year old vines and granite soil. The wine represents one of the finest examples of its kind from the Beaujolais region of France, not to mention bio-dynamic farming techniques adding to its allure. 100% Gamay, you will find it offers notes of deep cherry and dark berry fruits with high acid, as well as a pepper and spice component with light tannins. Not a heavy wine, it should drink well with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and please the whole family!
Chateau de la Roulerie 2012 Chenin Blanc
by Philippe and Marie Germain $25.99 (or $22.09 for a mixed case discount)
This beautiful Chenin Blanc hails from the Anjou area of the Loire Valley. Straw yellow in color with hints of honeysuckle, stone fruits, and slate in the nose. This wine draws you in before it touches your lips. Dry and medium bodied it produces crisp clean flavors of pear and apple, rich with good minerality as well as a good bit of acid to pull it all together. It's sure to be a great match with turkey and all the fixins - or with any poultry for that matter.
Joe's Thanksgiving Picks: One White, One Red, All Delicious
Domaine Schoffit 2012 Vielles Vignes Chasselas - Alsace
$21.99 (or $18.69 mixed case discount)
Chasselas doesn't quite have the same international cachet as Chardonnay, but when grown and vinified with the attention to detail given by Bernard Schoffit it certainly gives me hope. In this case it comes from 60 year old vines that are rigorously tended to produce a wine with intense minerality and flavors of lime zest and white peach. Lots of power, but light on its feet.
(If you're feeling really ritzy, class it up with Austrian producer Leth's 1983 Pinot Blanc Auslese, but we can talk about that in the store.)
Russiz Superiore 2012 Cabernet Franc by Marco Felluga
$29.99 (or $25.49 by mixed case discount)
In north eastern Italy, practically in Slovenia, Marco Felluga manages the winery Russiz Superiore. They make a number of whites and reds in the hilly vineyards of Collio, but it's their 100% Cabernet Franc that grabbed my attention. Not to give Collio or this wine a diminishing compliment, but it just happens to be the best red Bordeaux I've had in some time. What you find is an array of bright red fruit flavors, cranberry and fresh cherry, with savory pepper driven spice.
John's Picks (All on sale for the highlighted price.)
Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek Sonoma 2011 $25.99/$19.99
This red wine is a blend of 89% Zinfandel and 11% Petit Sirah aged for 10 months in older French Oak. Hints of lavender and violets accentuate the floral aromas of the wine. Eloquent and smooth, this Zinfandel shows flavors of black raspberries and cherries. Chocolate , coffee and pepper spice finish this amazing wine making it a perfect complement to the Thanksgiving feast.
Adelsheim Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Oregon 2013 $19.99/$14.99
Pinot Gris is the principle white grape of the Willamette Valley. Introduced around 44 years ago, Adelsheim is one of the first to produce a wine from this varietal. Gentle whole cluster pressing limits extraction and gives way to a crisp and bright wine. Flavors of papaya, apples, pears and honey melons accentuating a rich creamy and crisp mouth feel. A wonderful American white versatile enough to enhance the flavors for your feast.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir Sonoma NV $18.99/$14.99
Why not start the Holiday feast with bubbles. This blend of 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay has a light blush color. Lush and creamy flavors of raspberry, strawberries with subtle hints of white chocolate and buttered toast. This spent a year and a-half en tirage (on the yeast.)
Rick's Thanksgiving Picks
BUGEY CERDON "LA CUEILLE", PATRIK BOTTEX
$21.99 bottle, mixed case price of $18.69
This wine is from a little known area east of Lyon France on the way to the Alps. It is mostly Gamay that is fermented in tanks and put into bottle halfway through fermentation (methode ancestrale). This creates a light bodied fizzy wine with bright fruit and a slightly sweet finish that is just plain delicious!
SCHIAVA ALTO ADIGE, NALS MARGREID
13.49 bottle, mixed case price of $12.14
Schiava is a grape indigenous to the Sudtirol region of northern Italy that grows on the south facing slopes of the foothills of the Alps. It is a light bodied red with a bouquet of cherry, cranberry and almond that is fresh and like my other pick highly quaffable. Schiava, also known by the name Vernatsch, is a delightful wine that will please red and white drinkers alike.
Last year, one of my picks was the Pol Roger Champagne, which went so very well with pre-dinner, dinner, and afterwards! It especially enlivened the meal with its full rich flavors and palate-cleansing bubbles- I made a vow to myself that day to always include a sparkling wine at Thanksgiving.
Chateau D’Orschwihr Cremant D’Alsace Brut
$19.99>$16.99 mixed case discount.
From a site first documented in reference to winemaking in the year 1049, the Hartmann family makes this in the method champenoise, blending chardonnay with 10% riesling, age for 4 years prior to dosage (the minimum standard is 9 months) thus creating a rich array of flavors. It is pale gold in color, with very fine bubbles and a lemon crème nose. Flavors of seckel pear and honeyed pineapple come across with moderate weight mid palate. The bubbles and acidity dance your palate clean. Rich foods bring out the minerality. 6g/l residual sugar.
Matrot Maranges Rouge Vielles Vignes 2012
$28.99 >$23.19 (Burgundy Sale)
State Line recently held our annual Burgundy tasting with Danny Haas, importer of many very desirable wines. There are so many pinot noir to choose from, but this wine struck me as particularly interesting as an option for this holiday. Also with the 20% sale on Burgundy and Beaujolais, it is a great opportunity to have something special at a more reasonable price point.
The Matrot Family is one of the oldest estate bottlers in Meursault, with some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy. The average age of the vines is 30 years. Philosophy in winemaking is that of ‘maximizing both the fruit and the native tang of the soils’. This wine really expresses their style fully. It has a very pleasant, spicy, cherry nose and carries through on the palate. It is bright, lively and elegant. Perfect balance and freshness with a Thanksgiving Feast.