I always begin the Thanksgiving Day with a wonderful bottle of Champagne or Sparkling wine; something fun, festive and delightful to usher in what is coming next. I have included value priced wines that are not only within reach but also good quality wines that everyone will appreciate what you are pouring.
Please if you thought of reaching for a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau please put the brightly colored bottle down and move towards wines that are much better for your get together and will lend a longer term memory of what you what in your dinners—fun, festive and amazing wines.
Sparkling Wine / Champagne
Value Sparkling Wines
Domaine Chandon Brut
Gruet New Mexico Brut
These Champagnes of course are delightful and cost a lot more but if you are able to celebrate with a larger budget these are excellent wines that I enjoy.
Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 1997
Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2000
Ayala Brut Majeur N.V. – 9.0
Chartogne-Taillet Champagne N.V.
Pinot Noirs are perfect for your Thanksgiving meal; very friendly for so many things and to so many palettes; this will go with Turkey or Pork. Pinot Noirs are a delight and lend to the delight of good times and amazing food; this wine varietal seals the deal.
Value Pinot Noir
Castle Rock Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Castle Rock Mendocino Pinot Noir
W.H. Smith Maritime Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Valley Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2004
Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2005
Inman Family Winery Olivet Grange Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2004
Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2000 –
Scherrer Fort Ross High Slopes Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2004
Syrah – Shiraz
Syrah, a heavier body wine, like Pinot goes so well with many meats; smoked turkey and beef; there are many Syrah-Shiraz you don’t want; nothing that is a berry only expression of Syrah but a wine with complexity (herbaceousness, spice, wood, and a sense of Fall).
Value Syrah – Shiraz
Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2005
Leveroni Sonoma Valley Syrah 2004
Bink Hawk’s Butte Yorkville Highlands Mendocino Syrah – 2006
Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz
Two Hands Angel’s Share Barossa Valley Shiraz 2007
Montes Alpha Apalta Syrah 2006
Two Hands Lily’s Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006
Armagh Sonoma Coast Syrah
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