Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. It has everything: 1. an emphasis on food, wine and naps, 2. no expectations for gift-giving, and 3. the Dallas Cowboys are guaranteed to be on TV. The wine selection this holiday was modest but solid. There were just two of us, and keeping with the theme of the holiday they were selected based on comfort rather than flash. I’m happy to say I was able to hold off opening the first bottle until nearly 1pm, but I can assure you it was touch-and-go there for awhile.
Domain St Vincent Brut, New Mexico USA: As an enthusiastic advocate for bubbly while you’re cooking, bubbly while you’re eating and bubbly while you’re doing neither, it’s no surprise that we started off with this bottle. Fresh, crisp, fruity and with a light creamy mousse, this is a great sparkling wine to have with stuffed mushroom caps while you watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Which is exactly what we did.
Hans Lang “Sabrina” Riesling, Rheingau Germany:Good Lord I love Riesling, and Thanksgiving is a great excuse to break out a bottle or three. Semi-sweet with flavors of ripe peaches, the crisp acid and surprisingly rich mouthfeel made this bottle my favorite pairing with our turkey and dressing. Maybe that’s because my amateurishly cooked turkey needed all the help it could get, but it was delicious nonetheless.
Francis Tannahill “Mason Dixon” Syrah, Oregon USA:I wanted to do something that felt a little special this holiday, and drinking one of the less than 3,000 bottles of this delicious wine produced by Francis Tannahill definitely qualified. This was by far the most impressive of the bottles we opened, dense with cocoa and spice and the promise that holding off for a few more minutes would yield an even more provocative performance. That’s not to say I did hold off, though. Nobody likes a showoff.
Reinart Flemish Wild Ale, Belgium: This beverage stands alone amongst the others we drank on Thursday, not because it was the only beer we opened but because it was a generous gift from friends. Funky, earthy, quixotic, delicious, and a great way to end the day. Which, if I recall, was at approximately 7pm.
Happy Holidays everyone!
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