Monday, November 21, 2011

Wines to Pair with Your Thanksgiving Fare!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it's time to select wines to pair with your holiday meal. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, with one zillion flavors to consider, a panoply of palates, and the cost of providing wine for twenty plus thirsty friends and family members, this task is easier said than done. This is the prime time of year for an acute case of Wine Pairing Paralysis!

Never fear, my fellow wine lovers - the Glamorous Gourmet has you covered! In keeping with my previously mentioned "Wine Pairing Principles" and in the spirit of this very American holiday, I've selected six fabulous, American wines that are sure to get you through the day sans panic attack. It's always a good idea to have one white and one red on the table, so whether you are a fan of bubbles, the classics, or are looking for a more alternative approach, I hope one of these pairs fits the bill:

Sparkling Duo: These sparkling wines are bound to be a hit with your bubbly-loving guests! 
J Cuvée 20 Brut NV: Commemorating twenty years of winemaking at J Vineyards, this lovely blend of 49% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Meunier hails from the cool climate of the Russian River Valley. Its delicate notes of citrus, apples and toasted brioche are light and lovely and the perfect kick off and/or accompaniment to your holiday feast.

J Brut Rosé NV: This second offering from J Vineyards is a delightful blend of 64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Meunier also from the RRV. This sparkler makes a dramatic presentation in a clear bottle that showcases its gorgeous pink, salmon-colored hue. This medium to full-bodied wine has lovely notes of wild strawberry, citrus and spice and its lively acidity will stand up to the delicious flavors of your holiday meal. 

Classic Duo: You can't go wrong with these vinous classics!
2010 Morgan Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay: For those of you who are wary of California Chardonnay, think again! This Chard is fermented in 100% stainless steel and exhibits lovely fresh, fruity notes of citrus and green apple with a lively food friendly acidity. Without the heavy "cloak of oak," this Chardonnay is a fabulous pairing with your holiday meal!

 
2009 Fess Parker Santa Barbara Pinot Noir: Hailing from the vineyards of the legendary actor, Fess Parker in Santa Barbara County, California this approachable offering is rife with juicy flavors of dark cherries, baking spices and sweet toasty oak. It is lush and lovely with ample appeal and will definitely "play nicely" with the diverse flavors of your holiday meal. 


Alternative Duo: Delight your guests with these unconventional offerings!
2010 Darioush Signature Viognier: This elegant white entices with floral and tropical fruit aromas accompanied by starfruit, pear and citrus on the palate. A kiss of French oak imparts a lovely spice to this medium to full-bodied wine that maintains a crisp acidity and a long, lingering finish. This wine is sure to be a standout on your holiday table.

2007 Bonny Doon "Le Cigare Volant": This interesting Rhône-inspired blend of 60% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and 4% Cinsault hailing from California's Central Coast has a distinctive Old World feel. Flavors of dark cherry and plum are accompanied by characteristic notes of earth, game and garrigue. This youthful wine also has firm tannins and a long finish and would definitely benefit from decanting prior to serving.

I hope you enjoy these wines and I'd like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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