As we prepare for Thanksgiving 2012, we offer our sympathies to those whose homes or businesses were lost or damaged in the recent storm. A natural disaster such as this makes us appreciate the simple things in life that we have to be thankful for. So as we gather our friends and families together let's think about helping those folks affected by the storm, or those in need of basic nutrition and health care. (The American Red Cross and Partners-in-Health would be good places to start)
Sermonizing aside, our talented and enthusiastic staff is here to help with their suggestions for your holiday table. Please call or email with any questions you may have - we hope you have a deliciouly happy and memorable Thanksgiving!Tweet
A great Sancerre from a great vineyard in Chavignol, showing the chalky, smoky character of the Kimmeridgian soil with beautiful herbal, floral and citrus aromas. The palate is elegant and balanced with kiwi and citrus framed with mineral flavors and great food-friendly acidity. While this wine is delicious now, and capable of pairing with both full-flavored fish and poultry dishes, it will cellar well also for five to ten years.(And it's a great choice for Thanksgiving if you're looking for a dry and complex Sauvignon Blanc
Certainly among the best values in White Burgundy, Thierry and Pascale Matrot make this lovely wine from certified organic grapes grown in a parcel adjacent to Meursault. There is a long fermentation in barrel with wild yeasts followed by 11 months sur lie elevage. This is a crowd-pleasing Burgundy at a great price and highly recommended!
As a blend that includes Italian varietals (Garganega, Grechetto, and Malvasia) along with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, this isn't the kind of wine that we usually fall in love with, but the Bea's make brilliant and irresistable wines. This one sees extended fermentation with the grape skins, and so the wine has a deep and rich color; unlike some other 'orange' wines, the Santa Chiara retains some elegance and finesse, along with deep and complex flavors. From organic fruit; completely natural, with no sulfur or other additives, and no fining or filtration. It will be a great match for the diverse Thanksgiving menu.
Comprised primarily of Treixadura, the 2010 shows delicate aromatics of pear, chestnut, spearmint and sea shells. The palate is racy, textured, and detailed, with notes of white pepper, nutmeg, and juicy fruit. The finish is long, broad, and saline infused. The balance of freshness with depth is incredible, and the acidity more pronounced than any other Rodriguez white in my memory, making it my favorite from Luis that I've tasted. Drink this over the next 4-5 years (including next week). A beautiful wine. cb/AR
Prieto Picudo is a rustic and characterful native grape that grows around the town of Leon. Gregory Perez uses a fresh and elegant approach in his elaboration - with minimal extraction, natural yeast vinification and reductive wine-making in tank. The 2009 Preto shows lovely dark bramble fruits, great freshness, savory black pepper and cumin notes, with a supple well fruited palate of tart black raspberry and concord grape. Also, I think there's a mineral dimension that makes this wine really interesting and lovely. A great introduction to the new Spain. Pair with roasted birds and grilled meats. - cb/AR