Wines Fit For a Feast
How is it this time of year already? All things turkey and Black Friday are descending upon us and wines will be required to go along with it, for both the purpose of feasting and sanity. I hope I can help to ease away a little stress from your holiday planning by suggesting some wines that will not only pair well with the big Tday meal, but are also easy to find. Plan a Whole Foods trip because these wines are at their stores nationwide and all but one are under $20. Click here for store locations.
Criterion Coonawarra Cabernet Saugvignon Reserve 2014
This Australian Cabernet is a tasty medium-bodied wine with ripe tannins, a pleasant acidity, and a very nice medley of fruit and herbal flavors. Bright red cherry, plum, anise, cola, tobacco, and licorice all come forward on both the nose and palate. It's surprisingly complex and balanced for the price point! Honestly, it would really shine with steak, but this is Turkey Day after all, so fill your glass up with this wine when you're going to town on some dark meat.
Domaine Petroni Vin de Corse Rouge 2015
This red wine is from the Mediterranean island of Corsica, which is part of France but is located very close to Italy, so the style of the wines show some influence of both countries. This wine for instance, had the ripe berry and spice flavors much like a wine from Southern France along with the acidity and refinement of an Italian red. This is a really approachable medium-bodied wine and its notes of blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, and baking spices will go well with a variety of dishes, particularly some of the rich Thanksgiving foods.
J. Lassalle Champagne Brut Premier Cru
No holiday would be complete without some bubbles! This is a really lovely champagne and it expresses notes of crisp, fresh green and red apple, spiced pear, and biscuit on the nose and a softer, riper version of these same notes on the palate. It has a creamy texture, zippy acidity, and yummy biscuit notes with a small amount of sweetness. This will go down very easily with Thanksgiving starter courses...or while you cook! There's nothing quite like half a bottle of champagne on an empty stomach to make your holiday feel that much more festive.
On a serious note - It's always important to support Napa and Sonoma, but it's especially critical this year because of the devastating fires that the area suffered. Be sure to pick up at least one wine from either Napa, Sonoma, or Mendocino county and if you're looking for ways to help the victims of the fires, this is a great resource for donations.
Banshee Sonoma Pinot Noir 2015 (Sonoma County)
This remains my go-to stunner Pinot Noir. It boasts aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, cinnamon, and rooibus tea, and has a lovely high acidity with mild tannins. The complexity is wonderful and it has a lingering finish that will carry you over to that next forkful of mashed potatoes. I've had this wine in a number of vintages and the 2015 is keeping my love for Banshee going strong. This absolutely needs to be in your Thanksgiving lineup!
Foley Chardonnay 2013 (Santa Rosa)
This wine is not available at Whole Foods, but it's such a wonderful Chardonnay that I wanted to include it in this post. It has flavors of buttered baked pear (adding THAT to my Thanksgiving menu), red apple, lemon, nutmeg, and honeysuckle. It actually tastes very similar to a white Burgundy, but it's from the good ol' US of A. This winery is located in Santa Rita Hills, which is in Sonoma county.
I hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving, my dear readers! Enjoy your time with family, friends, and some great wines.
Cheers and happy feasting!