I asked TJ to pick three perfect wines for Thanksgiving and fear flashed across his face – only three?! How could I ask him to choose JUST THREE? But he came through like a champ, and here are TJ’s Thanksgiving Wine Picks for 2015. We’re open 10 am to 10 pm on Wednesday, with a free Thanksgiving Wine tasting from 2-5. Stop by to grab these wines, or whatever else might intrigue you!
2011 Movia “Rebula” Riboolla (Brda, Slovenia) $35
This awesomely balanced Natural/Biodynamic wine has flavors of spiced pear, lime, and salted nuts. The acid throughout means that it will stand up nicely to the 10 sticks of butter in your Thanksgiving dinner. Plus it has nice lip-smacking grape tannin on the front palate which give the wine interest and depth. This is a fresh and savory wine that will satisfy the Burgundy drinkers at your table – without the Burgundy price point. You’ll get extra points for bring a wine from Slovenia, one of the earliest wine-making regions that has recently burst back onto the international wine scene.
NV G.D. Vajra “VSQ” Extra Brut Rose (Piedmont, IT) $35
An Italian sparkling wine made of 50% Nebbiolo and 50% Pinot Noir in the Champagne Method adds up to a dry version of Schweppes Raspberry Ginger Ale – in a good way! The nose has soft cranberry, bacon and herbs while the palate has strawberry and cranberry and an endearing creaminess. Don’t be scared to think of this wine as more than just an aperitif – it’s a perfect pairing for Thanksgiving dinner and certainly will add a little festivity to the meal!
2008 Castello Romitorio “il Toro” (Maremma, IT) $44
This is a serious wine at a not so serious price. If you open this up at the Thanksgiving table, it means you’re ready to get serious! A blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet, and Syrah, the wine shows rich purple fruit, a bit of dark chocolate, and graphite. This IS a Super-Tuscan that resembles left bank Bordeaux and old-school mountain fruit from Napa. Its structure is old school Bordeaux all the way. Think of this as an extra side dish.