The Wine Messenger says the rule of thumb for Thanksgiving wine is to pair "bigger, complex whites,
and light- to medium-bodied reds" with your meal.
If, to you, light bodied red translates as Two Buck Chuck
Shiraz with an aperetif of Franzia, then it might be hard to select a holiday vino that will impress and delight the wine connoisseurs at your table. Save the stress for delumping the gravy and use these handy recommendations found on The Wine Messenger. I've narrowed them down to four price categories.
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Ten Buck Chuck!:
Red: Domaine des Coteaux des Travers Char Vin Ctes du Rhne 2005. $11.00. "This is a well-balanced, and very soft and smooth wine with sweet fruit
flavors of berries, blackcurrants, and a touch of white pepper."
White: Metairie Chardonnay Les Oliviers 2004. $9.00. "A typically floral Chardonnay nose with almond, peach, and acacia notes."
Sparkly/Pink: Campo Liberto Rosado 2005. $9.50. "Smooth and fruity on the plate with red berry fruit and a nice dry
finish, it avoids being sweet or unbalanced like most ross in this
About Eye Level on the Safeway shelves:
Red: Cordo Pinot Noir 2002. $24.00. "Cherry fruit aromas abound on the nose with a touch of spicy oak. Black
cherry, pomegranate and cranberry abound on the palate coupled with
good acidity, and balanced tannins, with a gorgeous finish on fruit."
White: Chateau Haut Selve Graves Blanc 2003. $23.00. "Beautiful nose of lychee, peach, and vanilla. Smooth and supple with
developing flavors of peaches and other stone fruits. A fresh,
concentrated wine with a crisp finish of wood and citrus notes."
Sparkly/Pink: Champagne Leclerc Briant Cuve Extra Brut NV. $28.00. "This Champagne is very versatile. The light nutty nose with some earthy
aromas is followed by a palate of complex fruit (green apple) and
hazelnut flavors with a hint of butteriness. A full-bodied champagne
with good acidity and focus, and a great dry finish."
Your Wine Snob Friends will be Impressed:
Red: Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Fves Chanson Pre et Fils 1998. $65.00. "Intense red fruit, violet, and berry aromas. Elegant and very
appealing. The palate shows concentrated spiced fruit flavors with a
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Chanson Pre et Fils 2000. $68.00. "Developed nose with delicate oak, mushroom, fruit and floral aromas. A
very integrated wine with complex fruit and oak flavors balanced by a
Sparkly/Pink: Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Millesime 1997. $88.00. "Red fruit (red plum) and biscuit aromas with a hint of nuttiness. Rich palate of ripe fruits rounded out with creamy bubbles. "
Call me Diddy, P. Diddy:
White: Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine Caillot 2000. $179.00. "Great aromas of citrus, apple, and apricot with a spiced/candied fruit
tang. A full-bodied wine with excellent mouthfeel, depth, and finesse;
not at all flabby or hot." (Flabby and hot?!)
Red: Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Musigni Gros Frres et Soeur 2002. $119.00. "Rich aromas of blackberries, cherries, wildflowers and spice. Great
power and concentration of sweet, ripe, black fruits and silky tannins.
Long finish with freshness."
Sparkly/Pink: Alfred Gratien Cuvee Paradis Rose NV. $110.00. "A delicate and harmonious rose, a magnificent Champagne that is a
foretaste of paradise! A delicate orange peel and gingerbread patate.
Served in First Class on British Airways."
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