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Those of you who know me or who have read this email over the years know I love Thanksgiving, but have never been that crazy about turkey. On the third Thursday in November, I find myself secretly giving thanks—for a drink.

To get everyone in the festive mood, I like to start with informal bubbles. I absolutely adore our (bio-dynamic) Cremant de Jura from Benoit Mulin ($24.99). France’s smallest wine-growing region is east of Burgundy and home to some of the country’s best values and most individual wines. You can get some odd stuff in the Jura (vin jaune has a sherry-like richness that is definitely not for everyone); but the finds can be truly spectacular. The Mulin is one of them and particularly tasty at a champagne-beating $24.99.

Gamay is often touted as the ultimate turkey varietal. With similar qualities to Pinot Noir, it’s light-bodied, fruit-forward, laced with notes of herbs and spices with just enough acidic nip to make it a food-friendly option perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

As many of you know, we’ve always been promoters of Gamay, in particular cru beaujolais, the good stuff too often lumped in with forgettable beaujolais nouveau. We carry the Lapalu Brouilly 2011 ($34.99), arguably the best producer of this overlooked appellation. It’s hard to find a more classic compliment to your basic roast bird.

For the bird itself, a fuller white like a bordeaux blanc (which mixes sauvignon blanc elegance and semillon heft), can be an appealing compliment. I am nuts over the unfortunately-named Chateau Chasse Spleen 2012 ($34.99). Slightly less expensive, P’tit Paysan 2012 ($24.99), a 100% organic chardonnay, sounds and tastes like a French burgundy but is made in Monterey County, California. It is one of the strongest wines in the new portfolio of Coeur Wines, created by rising star Eric Clemons.

Pinot noir, like the Soliste, Narcisse 2012 ($39.99), can also be a convivial alternative to Gamay. Of all the great pinots we carry, I picked the Narcisse because Soliste may be one of the most demanding and persnickety Sonoma Coast producers. And if the turkey is going to be, er, turkey, why not drink something really memorable this holiday?

Nebbiolo, the grape out of which Barolo is made, can also take on qualities normally associated with Gamay. Our a href=“http://www.pasanellaandson.com/product.php?productid=17670&page=1“>Botonero from Mamete Prevostini ($14.99), is light, soft but yet with enough tannins to go well with all the fixin’s.

For richer recipes (think chestnut stuffings), how about going a little nuts and trying what your parents and grandparents drank?: bordeaux. At $52.99, Haut Medoc Chateau de Camensac 2005 a bit of a splurge. In return you get all that classic bordeaux richness, deep cherry flavors, proper tannins (that mouth-puckering quality) and soft mouth feel that make good bordeaux an enduring treat. 2005 is a killer vintage. Ready to drink, but also age-able in case you have some leftover. Maybe your parents weren’t nuts after all.

Before collapsing on the sofa, I recommend a shot of digestivo to ease that bloat. I’ll be serving the Averna ($29.99), which is just herby enough to please the classicists and just sweet enough to tempt the in-laws.

If you want to try any of the above, I hope you'll come by this Saturday (11/22), 1PM to perfect your Thanksgiving prep by tasting an array of turkey-friendly wines along with some turkey panini!

Whatever your choice, hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know that I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.

As ever,

Marco


 

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