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Dated: November 13 2017
Everybody has a favorite holiday, one that’s sentimental or particularly meaningful with family, friends, food and the likes. For some it just passed, Halloween. For others it’s the one on deck, Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a food fest that creates a conundrum for wine lovers.
The vast amount of dishes and flavors spread out lavishly on your table covers such a large spectrum that it makes picking a perfect wine nearly impossible. So you’re kind of off the hook this time: Don’t stress over it.
Sparkling wines and Champagne are good to serve from start to finish, so stock up. Same for a dry rosé. Take, for instance, Racine Cotes de Provence ($17.99). It’s not a wimpy wine. This rosé is pleasantly fruity and floral with a spicy finish.
For white wines consider a viognier over a chardonnay, or the new Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc holiday bottle ($17.99) with festive, metallic detailing. The No. 1 selling sauvignon blanc in the U.S., it’s one of the few wines that work with vegetables such as asparagus. The limited-edition packaging also looks nice on a holiday table.
As for red wines, considering the turkey, ham, cranberry, mushroom, stuffing, etc., lighter choices make enjoyable dinner companions. Also think about putting a slight chill on them, especially knowing how hot the kitchen can get.
One of the best reds for this holiday is pinot noir, and the 2015 Wayfarer ($95) from Sonoma is an easy choice, once you find it. Only 900 cases were made. Aromatic in the glass, the wine is both complex and approachable with spice, bright fruit, and a mildly earthy, even finish. It’s one to savor and also one to age; buy two bottles.
Carmenere is another red that can graciously fill a seat at your holiday table. In general, carmenere produced in Chile combines the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the fruitiness of merlot, and can be a bit herbaceous. Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere by Concha y Toro ($17) has flavors of plum and dark berries with a touch of pepper, smoke and spice.