Thanksgiving may just be the best of the time of the year to indulge in an abundance of food, friends and family. To make your meal even more special, why not splurge on some terrific wines that enhance every course. Below are some suggestions for a delicious glass to accompany your turkey dinner, your vegetarian choices and even your leftovers. Happy Thanksgiving!
A Sparkling Choice: Revì Trento Spumante DOC Rosé Millesimato 2017 (SRP $35): Revì Rosé Millesimato is a treat, made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay; this fragrant wine exudes aromas of red berries and pastry, candied fruit and apples. and provides a great sip with a sense of place. Revì is a family winery in the Trentodoc appellation and Trentodoc is the only traditional sparkling wine produced in a mountain environment. Trentodoc benefits from a local microclimate which allows for great freshness and the noticeable diurnal range which boosts the development of aromas.
A First Course Standout: Conte de la Terre Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2021 (SRP $29): This Pinot Gris is the perfect way to start off a multi-course meal and offers a crisp, fresh taste. This West Coast wine boasts notes of peaches, pears, and freshly squeezed lemon and it has an easy-drinking vibe that is perfect for lighter bites.
A Splurge Bottle: 2015 Lapostolle La Parcelle 8 (SRP $125): If you are looking for something very special to share with you guests, La Parcelle 8 may be your bottle. A 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, La Parcelle is a reflection of the vineyard’s unique terroir resulting from the Tinguiririca river to its south and the Coastal Cordillera hills that surround it in a horseshoe shape. In the glass, La Parcelle entices with a beautiful deep ruby red color and opens on the nose with intense fruit, herbs, and spice notes. On the palate, the wine showcases a classic structure with elegant tannins, fruit and black spice flavors, and a long-lasting, velvety finish.
A Main Course Red: Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020 (SRP $37): Sourced from cool climate vineyards along the Sonoma Coast, which saw a relatively even growing season, the 2020 Crossbarn Pinot Noir provides inviting aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, and bay leaf with a touch of violet. On the palate, juicy notes of fresh raspberry compote mingle with tart cranberry and a touch of forest floor, with a hint of salinity that speaks to its coastal origins complementing a lifting acidity and refreshing finish.
A Main Course White: Trapiche Medalla Chardonnay 2021 (SRP $13): A value buy that won’t break the bank, this fruit-forward Argentine Chardonnay offers tropical fruits on the nose with subtle spicy notes, honeysuckle and brioche. It is crisp and has a full body, minerality, and an enchanting and persistent finish. It pairs perfectly with turkey.
Perfect for Veggie Lovers: Secondo Marco Valpolicella Classico 2018 (SRP $22): Looking for a bottle that works perfectly for vegan or vegetarian guests? Secondo Marco belongs to the “nouvelle vague” of wineries which are reshaping the image of Valpolicella wines thanks to the elegance and finesse of their wines. This Valpolicella Classico is a great ambassador of the Valpolicella terroir and a delicious pairing for a wide variety of vegetable dishes thanks to its fascinating aromatic complexity (dark fruit, red berries, spices, balsamic notes) and great finesse on the palate.
A Tasty Dessert Wine: Bodegas Montecillo Reserva 2014 (SRP $20): End your meal on a high note with this delicious wine that offers intensity and powerful notes of oak and ripe fruits in an unmistakably balanced vintage. The nose has rich, fruit-forward aromas of dark fruit such as blackberries and plums, with hints of licorice and vanilla. The result is an elegant and full-bodied ruby colored Reserva with notes of fine oak and smooth velvety tannins and balanced acidity, which makes it an ideal choice to cut the sweetness of pecan, pumpkin or apple pie.
Something For The Leftovers: Devoción Cabernet Franc, Mendonza 2020 (SRP $25): Thanksgiving is not officially over until all the leftovers are gone. Keep the fun going with this bottle. The deep black fruit aromas are balanced by bright red fruits, and there are warm earthy notes and a light touch of tarragon herbs, anise, dark chocolate, and kirschwasser. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, with very vibrant acidity and tannins that sweep the whole palate.