Christmas gets all the love, but in our minds Thanksgiving is the most exciting holiday of the year, especially when it comes to food and beverage pairings. Here’s a look at what the staff will be pouring at their Thanksgiving tables. Don’t forget that we will have wine tastings at both stores every night this week, click here for the full line-up!
Leah – Shebang White Blend
Shebang White packs a lot into one bottle, both literally and figuratively. It is a blend of many, many grapes that I won’t list! It’s wonderfully floral, with anise, sage, and rosemary scents. The wine has lots of nectarine and white peach on the palate, as well as apple and some citrus. The perfect accompaniment to all of the seasoning Thanksgiving offers!
Alex – From Bully Boy Bloodies to Woodford Bourbon, with some wine in between
My beautiful mother has forbidden me to bring wine or spirits to Thanksgiving, this is because she does not want her kids to be spending money, when the house wine/spirits will do. As the youngest and brattiest child in the family, I will ignore her, and bring whatever wonderful libations I choose.
Thanksgiving always starts with a bagel and a bloody. Bully Boy Vodka and Ripe Bloody Mary mix. Add celery and citrus. That is all. After that, I must pop a bottle, or two, of my favorite New Mexican sparkler, Gruet. Dinner, with turkey, will be Agape Pinot Noir from Alsace. We love pinot, we are Alsatian. Apple Pie, so FULL, Woodford Reserve bourbon please, not just for digestion, but for enjoying on the rocks while looking out at the river, and contemplating a wonderful life, family and holiday.
Curtis – Singing Blondes Belgian Blonde Ale
This year I will be having something different, a few “Singing Blondes.” This beautiful Belgian Blonde ale is one of the most delicious beers I have tasted this year. I think of it as a fermented dinner roll, so yeasty, fresh, and good. And, at 10%abv,, you”ll be on “keep warm” throughout the day.
Stefan – Canard-Duchene Brut and Far from the Tree Cider
“I will be spending time up in Vermont with my wifes family, which means… lots of bubbles and cider. They are doing a paleo diet, which accounts for the cider, and are classy people, which accounts for bubbles, and I see nothing wrong with enabling that. So I am going up there with some Canard-Duchene Brut and some Far From The Tree Roots (it is dry and crisp and drinks almost like a Champagne). Both should work just fine with the turkey.”
Yoko – NV Champagne Jean Lallement Brut
I truly believe Champagne goes with everything, so I chose my new absolute favorite! Made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay all from Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Verzy, it presents ripe fruits of apple, pear, citrus along with hints of honey and gamey animal/truffle note. This is a crowd pleasing and versatile style Champagne, which can handle everything on the table from light starters to the main course. Once in a while, I come across wines that make me say “wow” and this is one of those. * Please serve this in a wine glass (instead of Champagne flute) and not too cold.
Cathryn – 2012 Zind Humbrecht “Goldert” Muscat Grand Cru, Alsace
This year, I’ll be bringing the Zind Humbrecht “Goldert” Muscat Grand Cru home with me for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with my huge extended family. It’s gorgeous floral aromatics and rich body make it great with turkey, stuffing and the fixings. This is a wine that smells so good, I wish I could wash my hair in it. Then, it finishes completely dry to cut through all that gravy. An Alsatian winemaker once told me “Why spend hundreds on Burgundy Grand Cru when you can get Alsatian for less than half the price!” This wine proves his point. I can’t wait to share it with my loved ones!
Joseph – Gruet Sparkling Rosé and Francois Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire
I will be drinking Francois Chidaine’s Montlouis Sur Loire. This off-dry Chenin Blanc is a great match for turkey. But I’ll be starting with some Gruet Rose – I love these amazing New Mexican bubbles.
Kevin – Andre Jacquart Premier Cru Rosé Champagne
Picking wine for Thanksgiving is not hard just because of the variety of cuisine, but also because of the variety of guests’ personal preferences! Well, nobody is unhappy while drinking Champagne, which is why my pick this year is the Andre Jacquart Premier Cru Rosé Champagne. This is a particularly dark and full-bodied rosé, extremely aromatic, and with lots of great texture. It even has some lip-smacking, but smooth, tannin which makes it go great next to even the heftiest meat – charcuterie, roasted turkey, or otherwise. Its acidity and bubbles cut right through cheesy, rich, and fatty dishes. It really goes with everything and looks super festive in a tall champagne glass!
Ben – Crnko “Jarenincan” White Blend and Sans Liege “The Transcendentalist” Magnum
How often do you drink wine from Slovenia?! This white wine is a beautiful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Muller Thurgau, & Welsh Riesling (don’t be scared!! It is fruity, not sweet!!) that has great fruit up front with some awesome acidity. It was the white wine for my wedding and will be outstanding with your Thanksgiving dinner!! $20/1L
Our Thanksgiving red is a blend of three different grapes- Syrah, Grenache, & Mourvedre, and ALSO a blend of three different vintages (’10, ’11, ’12). Rich in character with notes of coffee, blackberry and wood, this will be an outstanding wine for anyone that wants a full bodied red for Thanksgiving. And who doesn’t love magnums of wine?!
Brendan – Mayflower Porter and Medford Rum
Beyond the appropriate name and origin, this beer from Plymouth, MA is the perfect drink for the holiday. Rich, roasty, and smooth, it pairs up well with dark meat and stuffing, pecan pie, and of course football.
A great expression of an old Boston tradition, this dark rum overflows with intense notes of blackstrap molasses. Great on the rocks, in a cocktail, or as an addition to a dessert or glaze.
Erich – Miller Lite and Belle Pente “Belle Oiseau”
While the first two football games are on, I’ll be enjoying a few cold Miller Lites. I’m a simple man with simple needs. If its good enough for Robert Pollard, it’s good enough for me.
Dinner will feature a Korean twist, reflecting the culture of our hosts, and a Tofurky for me. I’m bringing the Belle Pente, “Belle Oiseau”, a lovely aromatic blend of riesling, pinot gris, and muscat. It’s very food friendly, lower in alcohol, and flexible enough to deal with both hoisin and cornbread.
Tom - Petitjean Pienne Grad Cru Blanc de Blancs NV and Sassella Stella Retica Riserva 2006 Valtellina Superiore
Light, bright, and ethereal, this Blanc de Blancs Champagne has a lovely balance and a clean finish allows you to taste the wine, not just the bubbles.
Our red wine choice is a lovely and unique expression of Nebbiolo. Spicy, dark flavors of raspberry and tobacco with lighter cherry notes as well. Great with the Thanksgiving spread!
Whatever you drink this Thanksgiving, as long as you share it with good friends, it’s sure to be a hit!