As soon as there’s a chill in the air, most wine lovers shift focus from white wines to red. But winter needn’t be a time when we neglect white wines altogether. Although light, crisp, and snappy whites may seem out of place when the mercury drops, rich full-bodied whites are perfectly suited for the cooler months. Below are a few selections that go perfectly with blustery weather and heartier fare. Continue reading “Winter Whites” »
Today (December 5th) is Repeal Day! It’s the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, and that’s a very important holiday to all of us wine and spirits lovers. To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite Prohibition-era cocktails so you can toast the 21st amendment in style! Continue reading “Party like it’s 1933! 4 Cocktails for Repeal Day” »
Ravines Dry Riesling
This wine should be on every Thanksgiving table. Not only is it local and fairly-priced, it is absolutely delicious. A Wine Spectator Top 100 wine for the second time in the last five years, it continues to attract a cult-like following. Bone dry with just the faintest hints of graphite and petrol. Some nice citrus notes develop as it evolves in the glass.
Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The perfect grape to match with turkey, nobody does Pinot Noir better then Gary Farrell. This Russian River Valley AVA bottling demonstrates typical cherry fruit and cola that the RRV is known for. Sturdy enough to stand up to the gravy and root vegetable sides yet elegant and soft on the finish.
Pierre Brigandat & Fils Brut Tradition Champagne NV
Champagne Pierre Brigandat is all Pinot Noir, and comes to us from an estate in Channes that’s at the very edge of the Champagne appellation. This grower Champagne is rich and delicious with its crisp, bright, pleasing flavors of peaches, apricots and honey. A great value, so you can drink this all day, and night. I have to agree with ex-banker Pierre Brigandat, and his son Bertrand, “There’s peace and love in every glass…”
Bodegas El Nido Clio Jumilla 2010
Bodegas El Nido Clio is an absolutely delicious Spanish red packed with exotic, dark fruit, and savory spice. Hints of espresso are folded in notes of blackberry and cassis that dance with your senses. This is a plush, and polished blend of Monastrell, and Cabernet Sauvignon that will bring elegance and excitement to your Thanksgiving table.
Domaine J. Coudray-Bizot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru La Croix Rameau 2006
This 0.60 ha Premier Cru is located entirely within the north-east corner of Romanée-Saint-Vivant. During the classification of vineyards in Burgundy, the owners of this plot refused to classify his vines as Grand Cru. A decision I’m sure his descendants have regretted. Currently there are three owners in the vineyard and they are lobbying to have the classification elevated.This wine is very impressive. It is aromatic and floral, with lovely raspberry and red cherry fruits. Medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins, this wine is clearly high-class. The empty glass was something I kept to nose for an hour after tasting.
Lea Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2012
It’s America’s favorite grape for a reason. This excellent Pinot Noir from Central Coast California is the perfect match for even the trickiest of Thanksgiving dishes. Complex and elegant this wine is a winner.
Tanzen Dame Auten Vineyard First Harvest Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2011
Drink Local! Some of my favorite wine producers are fellow New Yorkers. Tanzen is a great example of an amazing dry Riesling that will accompany any meal and leave you wishing you had another bottle, so buy extra. Trust me it won’t go to waste.
Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2010
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without this. Medium bodied and super elegant with notes of blackberry, cassis, tobacco, and cherries. Silky tannins and vibrant acidity make this a great food wine.
Schloss Schönborn Riesling Rheingau Kabinett 2003
Very floral and aromatic with notes of pear, apricot, and citrus on the palate. Very long finish with just a touch of residual sugar and crisp acidity. This pairs well with everything on the table – salad, sweet, potatoes, turkey, ham, even apple pie.
José Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV
There is no better way to start your Thanksgiving off with a bang than with bubbles! This Blanc de Blanc from José Dhondt is amazing. Notes of crisp green apple with the most beautiful perlage. I suggest drinking this while watching the parade even before the cooking starts!
Damien Coquelet Vieilles Vignes Chiroubles 2011
Nothing says turkey and trimmings like Beaujolais. This bright and acidic red has fantastic notes of wet leaves, smoked meats and cherries. This is the kind of wine that will go with anything on your table, from Turducken to Tofurkey!
I can’t help but love this wine. It’s deceptively simple. At first blush it drinks like a well-done peasant wine. Slightly rustic yet light bodied and very enjoyable. But after you sit with it for a while the layers of complexity creep up on you and you realize just how well-made this wine is. As an added bonus it will match with a wide range of foods.
It’s party season and you have questions. Questions like, how can I save on my wine purchases? Or, how much wine/spirits/ice should I buy for my party? Take a look at this handy party guide and take the guess-work out of your holiday party planning. Continue reading “Your Guide to Successful Party Planning” »