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The Mythical Perfect Wine For Thanksgiving (and the holidays in general)

Just look for the colorful little wreaths

[UPDATED: We will continue to feature these wines through December] Some of you may have been clever this year, and planned an exacting menu for Thanksgiving dinner, with carefully selected courses, and no mystery dishes brought by guests. This information is not for you. We’re sure you’ll have no trouble finding what you need amongst our nearly 3,000 wines on hand. But the rest of us are left with the age old challenge of deciding which wine is perfect to accompany smoked ham, deep-fried turkey, canned onions on green bean casserole, those horrifying fluffy fruit-and-cool-whip based conconctions your aunt Millie brings (deviously named something like “ambrosia”), and sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Gone are any hopes of an intimate and loving relationship between the food and the wine. No, a better analogy would be a public orgy, or maybe a even riot. Yes, on Thanksgiving, you almost have to think of your wine choice more as riot gear. You need a wine that’s simpler, bolder, lighter, sweeter, more acidic, and a whole range of other words that don’t belong together. In other words, a good basic strategy is to have at least three wines on the table. The good news is that this doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Some of the better choices to do battle with the Thanksgiving spread are coincidentally often less expensive varietals. For reds, a Beaujolais or other Gamay, a hearty Spanish or Italian, or a Pinot Noir will fare well. And grandma will love the pretty label on the easy-to-quaff Beaujolais Nouveau that you might ordinarily turn your nose up at. For whites, a Riesling, a Torrontes, or white blend will be fine, and don’t forget the utility of a nice Rose or mid-priced sparkler for cutting through the dense palate of a holiday dinner. So even with this knowledge and freedom, picking three wines out of the thousands in our store could still be a bit of a challenge. So we’ve picked some FOR you. In the center of the store is a section devoted entirely to about 30 holiday wine choices, with a selection focused mostly on Banfi, Trivento, Georges Duboeuf, and a few other familiar names. We also picked out about thirty more throughout the store, and marked them with the curious Turkey you see on the left. Below is a sampling of what’s amongst the section in the middle of the store. So have fun with it! Pick a nice bottle to make yourself happy, and then freestyle a bit!

Some of these are discounted by 10%-50%, and a few are in their last years as a good wine…

CHATEAU DES CAPITANS JULIENAS – GEORGES DUBOUEF 2008
Pair with coq au vin, red meats, oven-roasted meats & poultry, or distinctive cheeses. Best cool. 21.99/17.99

GEORGES DUBOEUF MOULIN A VENT DOMAINE DE LA TOUR DU BIEF 2005
Big and jammy, dark fruits, some earth & licorice. Hints of red pepper. A simple, versatile Gamay.  24.99/12.49

GEORGES DUBOEUF MOULIN A VENT HAND HARVESTED GAMAY 2008
A big Gamay, both floral and fruity, with notes of violets and cherries. Moderate tannins, delicately spiced. 19.99/15.99

GEORGES DUBOEUF MOULIN A VENT DOMAINE DE LA TOUR DU BIEF 2009
A high note of banana over ripe strawberry scents; mouth-filling berry, almost seems sweet on the first taste. 24.99

SAINT-HILLAIRE BLANQUETTE DE LIMOUX BRUT
Dry, toasty, clean, slightly creamy texture. Palate is light and crisp with citrus and apple. Just hefty enough for versatility. 14.99

VRANKEN DEMOISELLE BRUT ROSE GRANDE CUVEE
Clear salmon pink, nose: raspberries and wild strawberries. Palate is light and vivacious, deliciously fruity on the palate. 39.99

SERGIO MIONETTO ROSE
Peachy pink with deep red glimmers. Hint of pink grapefruit, raspberry, blackcurrant, notes of wild roses. 17.99/12.99

CARRA COLOMBINA ROSE
A fun, bright cherry red. Notes of strawberry, chalk, pear and pink grapefruit (hearty!), a moderate floral finish. 16.99

GEORGES DUBOEUF MORGON 2009
Creme de cassis, black raspberry, and pear framed by smoky mineral w/layers of black cherry, raspberry ganache and tea rose. 16.99/14.99

GEORGES DUBOUEF FLEURIE 2006
Ruby with purple reflections. Complex nose with fruity and floral notes. Solid tannic structure with a very harmonious finish. 18.99/9.49

ROARING MEG PINOT NOIR 2004
Lovely mix of berry fruits and liquorice, accented by oak spice. Solid tannins arise midway to produce a long, fruit driven finish.  29.99/14.49

RBJ THEOLOGICUM 2002
100% Mourvedre, exhibits notes of tree bark, fresh mushroom, dusty blueberry, and currant. Intense tannin, mineral and spice.  39.99/19.99

PLOW AND STARS COLUMBIA VALLEY RIESLING 2008
The same crisp, complex acidity that makes this Riesling great with Asian cuisine makes it a natural for the flavor riot of the holidays. 9.99

AVANTE MENCIA 2009
Sweet and spicy wildflower compliments bright fresh raspberry and dark cherry to deliver this wine to a long elegant finish. 14.99

CHATEAU LAFAURIE AINTE CROIX DU MONT 2007
Dessert wine in the spirit of Sauternes, but fresher and more airy. Raisin, fig, acacia, honeysuckle, pineapple and apricot are present. 12.99

CHATEAU HAUT GRAND CHAMP SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009
Lean and crisp, with ribbons of bright pear, citrus and grapefruit showing through layers of luscious complexity. Grown sustainably too! 10.99

GEORGES DUBOUEF CHENAS 2008
Dark stony mineral shadings, plum and cherry, with solid tannins and an acidity that leads through to a “juicy” finish. 12.99

GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES 2008
Light crimson colour, light to medium bodied with the flower and fruit you’d expect from this classic, versatile wine. 8.99

SEIGNEURS DE BERGERAC ROSE 2010
Light, fresh strawberry and spice on the nose. Well-balanced and fruity palate, nice acidity that leads to a crisp, clean finish. 8.99

TRIVENTO AMADO SUR MALBEC/BONARDA/SYRAH 2007
Smoky, floral scented with notes of black plum. Palate delivers black cherry, coffee, tobacco, vanilla, peppered plum, and anise.  14.99

YVON MAU COLOMBARD CHARDONNAY 2009
Colombard is the main grape used for Armagnac. Here it is blended with Chardonnay to produce a mouthful of fruit and a good, clean finish. 7.99

YVON MAU MERLOT 2009
Surprisingly smooth, velvety texture, nose and palate full of ripe cherry and berry, as you’d expect from 100% Merlot. Clean, dry finish. 7.99

BANFI CENTINE TUSCAN RED 2008
This fruity, light-hearted Tuscan red can even do duty as a “pizza & spaghetti” wine. Suprisingly refined at the same time. 8.99

BANFI CENTINE TUSCAN WHITE 2009 (SAUVIGNON/CHARDONNAY/PINOT GRIGIO)
This Tuscan white has alluring aromas of pear, apricot, and lime, with a hint of herbs. Lush flavors on the palate supported by crisp acidity. 12.99/8.99

TRIVENTO AMADO SUR TORRONTES VIOGNIER CHARDONNAY 2009
Complex and floral up front with notes of rose, jasmine and citrus. Lush palate of white peach, apricot, orange peel. Finishes w/crisp acidity. 14.99/12.99

TRIVENTO TORRONTES SELECT 2008
Golden yellow with topaz hues. Nose is floral with hints of rose & violet. Fresh and light-bodied with soft tropical fruit. 7.99

TRIVENTO RESERVE MALBEC 2009 MALBEC
Bright, sweet and fruity, hints of cherry candy, blackberry on the bouquet. Juicy, fresh palate with mild chocolate, raspberry. Velvety finish 11.99

CHOCKSTONE RIESLING 2008
Silvery yellow, with aromas of nectarine and lemon custard. Dry but fruity, medium bodied with good depth, light mineral on the finish. 19.99/9.99

BANFI COLLEPINO MERLOT/SANGIOVESE 2008
Ruby red, bouquet is fresh, fruit-forward, with intense red-currant, raspberry and plum notes. Sweet tannins. Nice finish. 10.99

BANFI LE RIME CHARDONNAY/PINOT GRIGIO 2008
Straw yellow with fresh green reflections. Bouquet is fruity, fragrant and harmonious. Palate is fresh, floral, and appropriately acidic. 10.99/7.99

COL DI SASSO 2008 CABERNET SANGIOVESE
Ruby red with purple hues. Black cherry and spice aromas. Rich, with soft tannins, black-fruit and subtle hints of smoke. Lingering finish. 10.99/7.99

FUMAIO SAUVIGNON CHARDONNAY 2009
Light straw yellow. Bouquet: ample, intensely fruity, fresh and varietal. Taste: full, harmonious and slightly acidic. 10.99/7.99

Posted By:Admin November 19, 2011

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