Wines for Thanksgiving

It’s time for the obligatory blog post about wine to pair with your Thanksgiving feast.Let’s take a peak at the wines that I’m considering bringing home from the Savvy Cellar for our Thanksgiving celebration. We are doing a potluck with friends and family again this year, complete with BBQ turkey, potatoes, dressing, gravy, broccoli slaw, mac & cheese and, quite possibly, tofurkey – it is NorCal after all!
  • 2006 Argyle Brut. A bright sparkling wine from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  Made with 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir.  Notes of pear and cooked apple with a savory yeast flavor.  Well balanced and a great way to start any celebration!

  • 2008 Domaine du Rochoy LaPorte Sancerre. A Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre in the Loire Valley of France. Has lovely purity, with vibrant, racy citrus peel, gooseberry and straw notes that stay very persistent through the finish.
  • 2007 Paul Cluver Chardonnay. From the Western Cape of South Africa.  Wine is fermented in French Burgundian oak barrels.  Interesting notes of citrus, marmalade, pineapple with burnt popcorn.
  • 2010 Louis Tete Beaujolais Nouveau. Hard to believe this wine was on the vine only 6 or 8 weeks ago!  Fresh and as fruity as possible, this red cherry-driven wine is what Beaujolais Nouveau is about. It is soft, with acidity to underline the bright fruits.
  • 2008 Alta Maria Pinot Noir. This is a quite well structured Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley, California. At first blush it may appear thin, with dryness and some spicy minerality. But in reality there is subtle complexity highlighted by hints of wild cherries and raspberries. The more I taste this wine, the more I like it.
Be sure to stop by a special “Wines for Thanksgiving” tasting at Savvy Cellar on Sunday November 21st.  Some of these wines will be poured in a special winery-style tasting.  Find the right wine for your Thanksgiving feast.  2-5pm.  $16 tasting fee ($8 for wine club members).
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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