[UPDATE: We realized that our “Curious Turkey” tags tended to get lost in the mix of all the shelf talkers, so we switched to a bright red ornament to make them easier to spot. So we figured while we were at it, we may as well select more great wines to feature! See below. ] Your Thanksgiving menu may change from year to year, but there’s one thing you can count on with holiday dinners. And that is that when the full spread is a melange of dishes comprised of everything from a classic holiday turkey or ham to Aunt Gertrude’s famous suspended marshmallow bundt-pan jello or Campbell’s-soup-based green bean casserole, there is no single wine that is up to the task. That’s why we’ve once again selected some value-minded versatile wines that have a lighter, simpler, or sweeter touch to better embrace the riot of flavors that are likely to be on the table. As we pointed out last year, that “Bacon Turducken” trend is probably over, so we can at least eliminate the terror of the “Russian egg” birds-within-birds-within-birds hurdle. But holiday dinners remain an impossible challenge when it comes to selecting a “perfect” wine. The solution then becomes almost simple — just stick to certain styles and varietals and it is a fairly easy task. Rieslings, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Grigios are a no-brainer for the whites, and Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and a smattering of other reds can cover you for the reds. Below is a short selection from the 3,000+ wines we have on hand. Just look for the “Curious Turkey” tags. If the specific wine we’ve chosen to highlight doesn’t suit your fancy, you’ll at least be looking at the right section to help you make a selection! Our last-minute picks are below.
Schumann Nägler Riesling 2011
Light and bright, a bit of citrus zest and herbal hints softened with apricot, good length on the finish for a wine of its type.
Domaine Netofa Galilee Chenin Blanc 2010
Aroma and taste of green apple, quince, and citrus. The Chenin grapes used for this wine are grown in the terroir of Domaine Netofa in the lower Galilee. This white wine is long on fruit and taste with a lingering finish. Kosher.
$14.99 regularly $25.00
Phelps Creek Gewurtztraminer 2009
Big, beautiful aroma of freesia and honeysuckle lead to full flavors of ripe fruit, fig and honey with floral overtones. Intence, spicy and rich with a gentle touch of sweetness and balanced acidity, this wine lingers long with flavors of spice and dried fruit.
$22.99 Limited stock! ~DB
Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012
“Lovely, expressive, bright and vibrant, with apple, lime and citrus blossom flavors, persisting enticingly as the off-dry finish lingers against natural acidity.” ~ 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Baron Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio 2012
Soft, round fruit fills the mouth with ripe, juicy flavors. A long finish glides into flavors of ripe apples and lichee nuts.
Hi! Proseco NV
A fun and frisky Proseco that says “HI!”
Beringer Napa Pinot Noir 2009
Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, candied violets and traces of anise and mint that greet the nose. Vibrant red fruit flavors are accentuated by bright acidity, hints of smoke and barrel toast.
$16.99 Regular $26.00, limited stock! ~DB
Main Street Napa Pinot Noir 2010
Sleek and supple on the palate, this wine is brimming with ripe black cherry and mocha flavors complemented by aromas of cedar, spice, and vanilla.
Castle Rock Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
Elegant and medium-bodied; delicate aromas of violet and rose petals, complex flavors and long silky textures, with layers of strawberry and raspberry leading into a long refined finish.
Castle Rock Sonoma Pinot Noir 2010
Elegant, well-balanced. Offers aromas of red fruit and spice. On the palate, flavors of plum and cherry with oak nuances, with a long and harmonious finish.
Castle Rock Monterey Pinot Noir 2010
Elegant and medium-bodied, offering aromas of cherry, tea and herbal spice. On the palate, the wine gives flavors of black cherry, plum and spice.
Brophy Clark Santa Maria Pinot Noir 2010
A lucious wine with soft edges and rich flavor. This medium-bodied wine displays flavors of bing cherry, plum and strawberry, followed by accents of vanilla spice and hints of nutmeg. This fruit-forward wine finishes smooth and silky.
$22.99 Regularly $30.00, and totally worth the full price! ~DB
Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2010
Intense violet color. In the nose, aromas of black fruits, violets and spices. Mineral and graphite notes. Great balance and freshness in the mouth, with good concentration and medium structure. Soft tannins and persistent finish.
$13.99 Regularly $17.00
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, dark berry flavors with layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla balanced by light hint of toasted oak.
Estancia Meritage 2007
Rich and complex. Intense flavors of chocolate, black fruit, and sweet oak. Ripe tannins lead to a long, fruit driven finish. Enjoy with tomato or cream sauces, game, lamb, duck, beef, and strong cheeses.
Regularly $40.00, Now just $22.99
Dr Loosen Dr L Riesling 2010
Extremely intense, a glorious mouthful of honey, spice, caramel and floral notes around a core of dried apricot and pineapple flavors. WS 90
Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla 2010
Plum, cassis, tar, and gamy flavors mingle in this plush, muscular red. Exhibits a rustic, vibrant character that favors boldness over balance. Drink now through 2018 WS 87
Herencia Altés Garnacha Negra 2011
Bright crimson in colour, this wine is very expressive with notes of red fruits and minerals that leap from the glass. Plenty of fruit on the palate, a touch of complexity and sweet tannins. Pairs well with grilled meats, cabrito and lamb. RP 91
$9.99, and so very Worth It! ~DB
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010
The 2010 Cerasuolo di Vittoria is 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato. A big, plush Cerasuolo. Sweet red fruit, spices and flowers are some of the notes that emerge. Reaching its best between 2012 and 2016. RP 88
Regularly $32.00, now just $17.99
Hare’s Chase Shiraz 2003
This rich, full-throttle Shiraz boasts a smoky perfume of melted asphalt, creme de cassis, pepper, and background wood. Its deep, sweet, full-bodied entry is followed by surprisingly streamlined elegant wine with considerable balance and finesse. Reaching its best 2013-2015. RP 92
Now half price! Regularly $50.00, on sale just $24.99
Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
“Colorful and tantalizing with its cherry, cola, earthy, cinnamon and tea spice scents and flavors gliding smoothly across the palate. This wine is bright and polished with a refined structure. The dazzling acidity keeps the wine dancing on the palate through the satisfying finish that leaves you wanting more.” ~ American Wine Society’s Wine Journal
Versaol Tn Tempranillo 2009
Unoaked. Ruby colored, it exhibits a fruity nose with overtones of black cherry and smoke. Medium bodied with juicy flavors, it has excellent concentration, balance, and a pure finish.
Macatelo Airen – ORGANIC!
Bright, pale yellow with golden green hues. Intense white fruit and floral aromas. Clean, fresh palate with mango, green apples, and ripe, unctuous notes in a long, fruity, elegant finish. Excellent with seafood, salads, and pastas.
Sin Zin Alexandar Valley Zinfandel 2009
Juicy, rich, and varietally expressive, this wine has impressive balance for its price point. Juicy red cherries, tobacco, flowers, and mint linger on the expressive layered finish. Reaching its best 2013-2015.RP 88
Marimar La Masia Estate Chardonnay 2011
Packed with layers of tropical fruit, peaches, Asian pear, and oatmeal cookie. Hard to believe this is an unoaked Chardonnay, given its butter and cream. The 2010 was rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast; this 2011 is not yet rated.
Alma Rosa La Encantada Pinot Noir 2005
A praiseworthy Pinot, rich in cherry, cola, coffee, and pomegranate flavors accented by crisp minerality. WE 90
Was $50.00 Now $24.99
Arch Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Fragrant red raspberry, red currant with traces of cedar and orange marmalade on the nose lead into a lively, fruit-forward Cab. On the palate, bright fruit is supported by a firm structure and great acidity. A good match for braised ribs, roast lamb, or even a grilled salmon fillet.
Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Layers of dark red fruit, sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice, and spices come together with a complexity and softness for a young wine. Rich, mouth-filling fruit with tannins that are softening in this wines prim beginning 2013. AGV 91
Regularly $40.00 Now $29.99,