Thanksgiving Wine Picks for 2014

My wine picks for Before, for the Main Event, for Dessert, and for Later

Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving and that means certain foods. Turkey (whether the Pilgrims had it or not) and stuffing. Sweet potatoes. Cranberries. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Pumpkin pie and/or mincemeat pie and/or pecan pie and/or walnut-cranberry pie (our new favorite). And a lot of other things that make up different national, local, and family traditions. In our family, deviled eggs and boiled shrimp and guacamole (this goes back generations) make up part of the appetizer mix and sometimes we even have potstickers (a newer but popular addition). Our Thanksgiving dinner is the culmination of both our nation’s and our family’s traditions. In years past, our food and wine matchups were more luck of the draw. Since I’m a wino and a foodie, we (for at least the last few years) have more of a plan. I may leave the appetizers and the desserts to others (well, with some guidance) but I will keep control of the sitting-at-the-table part of the meal (the turkey and the sides) – and the wine. Of course not all of these wines will make it onto the table but here’s the list I’ll be choosing from.

BEFORE
Riesling and Rosé and …
Donnhoff Estate Riesling, Nahe, 2013 ($21.84)
Schloss Vollrads Riesling QBA, Rhiengau, 2012 ($14.69)
Chateau Ste. Michelle – Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling, Washington State, 2012 ($16.59)
Ch. de Lancyre Rose Pic Saint Loup 2013 ($17.09)
Domaine de Cabasse Le Rose De Marie, Cotes du Rhone, 2013 ($13.99)
Ch Garcinieres Rose De Provence 2013 ($17.99)

(I have a dirty little secret: I like mimosas. There. I admitted it. As long as someone else will have one with me, I will happily drink mimosas. Of course they have to be good mimosas which means clean, fresh, dry sparkling wine and high quality orange juice in the right proportions (ideally 2/3 bubbly and 1/3 OJ). My preferred mimosa base wine is Muscanti Brut ($6.99), a charmat-process sparkler from the east coast of Spain. Just so you know.)

The MAIN EVENT
Pinot Noir:
Michel Gros Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Rouge, 2010 ($25.99 with key discount)
Jadot Duc de Magenta Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 2010 ($43.69)
Saint Martin Marsannay Grandes Vignes 2010 ($25.99 with key discount)
Henri de Villamont Savigny les Beaune Clos des Guettes 1er cru 2011 ($32.99)
Laetitia Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2012 ($18.99)
Etude Pinot Noir Carneros 2012 ($32.89)

Red Bordeaux:
Ch. Ampelia Cotes De Castillon 2011 ($17.99)
Ch. Haut Vigneau Pessac Leognan Rouge 2012 ($18.99)
Ch. Bibian Haut Medoc 2010 ($21.84)
Ch La Tour L’aspic Pauillac 2008 ($27.99)
Ch. le Crock St. Estephe 2008 ($35.89)
Chenes de Macquin St. Emilion 2010 ($39.89)

Rhone:
Domaine de Cabasse Garnacho Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011 ($17.09)
Chateau St. Cosme Gigondas 2011 ($35.99)
Brunel “les Cailloux” Chateauneuf du Pape 2010 ($49.99)

DESSERT
Lions De Suduiraut Sauternes 2011 ($31.99)
Petit Vedrines Sauternes 2010 ($12.99 per half bottle)
Castelnau de Sudiraut Sauternes 2007 ($15.99 per half bottle)

AND LATER
Later in the day, I like sipping good bubbly, maybe with leftovers.
Jansz Brut Rose Tasmania NV ($22.99)
Louis de Sacy “Cuvee Inedite” Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne NV ($39.89)
Bonnaire Brut Variance Champagne NV ($42.69)

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