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Seaboard Turkey Picks

It’s crazy to think that a year ago we were eating Thanksgiving dinner outside or with much smaller groups of family and friends. We thought it would be fun to have some Turkey Day picks that might evoke the travel we have all missed so much since the pandemic, so this year we are focusing on Thanksgiving wine pairings from Italy, France and around the “New World”. Check out some of the wines we will be enjoying on Thanksgiving day (in moderation, of course):

ITALY

 

Le Masciare Fiano di Avellino; Campania, Italy ($24.99)

Le Masciare refers to a witch, but you can keep that to yourself with a smirk as you pour a glass for your MIL. We love Italian whites as they come alive with food. Fiano di Avellino is one of two DOCGs for white wine in Campania. The nose reflects white flowers with a tiny hint of volcanic ashiness. In the mouth, this wine is voluptuous while showing plenty of minerality and stone fruit. A hint of sage, a squeeze of lemon, a clove of roasted garlic are all flavors that would make this wine come alive. A fine companion with shrimp, clams, flaky white fish or aged cheeses. 
 

 San Biagio Vecchio Cacciabruco; Emilia Romagna, Italy ($16.99)

The hipster kids are home from Brooklyn, talking about sour beers, pet-nats and orange wine. We'll call this orange wine with training wheels. A blend of Trebbiano, Chardonnay and the highly aromatic Malvasia Candia that spends eight days of skin contact. It shows a wild yeast nose while having a waxy mouth feel. Hints of almond, earl grey and pineapple with a mouthful of tannins. Food-wise, this kind of straddles the line for both as white, rose and red in one. The style of wine you can enjoy from salad to bird to cheese course. 


 Ruggeri Corsini Rosato; Langhe, Piedmont, Italy ($16.99)

The winemaking is a blend of both saignée and direct press (50/50).   Made from 100% Nebbiolo, the nose is loaded with red berry and spice. The palate shows unripe strawberry with a kiss of tannin evoking a savory quality. It’s much more serious, less about quaffing and more about eating, food friendly. This is super savory rose from the Piedmont region of Italy. This might slow down the lushes in your family and hopefully they won’t be passed before the turkey is on the table.  Pair it with smoked fish, salty snacks, confit, or oyster stuffing.


Gorghi Tondi “Dumè” Frappato DOC; Sicily, Italy ($22.99 discounted 25% by the case)

Gorghi Tondi is a certified organic winery located on the southwestern edge of Sicily. This Frappato has typical characteristics of rose petal, violets, and raspberry red fruit, super soft with lots of pleasant berry notes. Tannins are quite soft making it quite food friendly; think fusion cuisine, spicy foods or even NC eastern BBQ. Can be served slightly chilled to accent the delicate fruit and spice undertones.  
 

Alvi Primitivo de Matera; Basilicata, Italy ($27.99)

Looking for a more full-throttle red to serve with holiday meals or enjoy by a roaring fire? This Primitivo hails from the volcanic soils of Basilicata. The nose expresses the ashy soil along with dense blackberry fruit and sundried tomato. There is plenty of mouth filling texture and purple fruit while being super savory in the mid palate. A thought-invoking version of Primitivo- pair it with roasted meats, duck with fruit glaze or pastas with spicy red sauces.

 

NEW WORLD

Hewitson ‘Gun Metal’ Riesling; Eden Valley, Australia ($21.99)

We’re not messing around here, bring your ‘Gun Metal’ to the family dinner of opposing political views! Just kidding, Gun Metal refers to the single vineyard in the Eden Valley that makes this incredible dry Riesling. It’s vibrant, it’s fresh and layered with stony minerality, white peaches and apricot. Tingly with acidity while being broad across the palate. Why Riesling? It’s not at all sweet but has the bracing acidity you are looking for to pair with the 10 lbs. of butter being used in every s i n g l e dish at the table.
 

DAOU “Discovery” Chardonnay; Paso Robles, California  ($21.99, discounted 25% by the case)

Brothers Daniel and Georges Daou were born in Beirut, raised in France, and have taken Paso Robles by storm. They both studied electrical and computer engineering in San Diego, built a tech company, took it public, and cashed out. With a passion for wine and a full war chest, they set out to find an untapped vineyard site in Paso Robles to produce world class wine. And they did... 212 hilltop vineyards with remarkable geology, favorable microclimate, and high elevation combining Old World tradition with New World techniques. Not every winemaker has a mountain named after them, but with patience and expertise, DAOU Mountain wines are winning awards and accolades here and abroad.

This is a Chardonnay even Jenn King would drink (but won’t admit it). Balanced with ripe tropical and tree fruit notes, laced with lemon citrus, baking spice and a kiss of oak. The flavors are full yet restrained (in a French sort of way) and it’s a nice bridge between European and domestic Chardonnay drinkers to keep the peace at your holiday dinner table. 
 

Decoded Pinot Noir; Sonoma Coast, California ($19.99)

Everyone thinks that Pinot Noir is a great pair for the turkey on the table. We tend to agree, but also think there is a certain great crowd appeal to a silky Russian River Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir comes from four vineyards located within the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels of which 25% were new. It's rich with luscious dark cherry fruit with underlying notes of rose petals, vanilla, tea leaves and baking spice. Also delicious with game birds, pork loin or savory casseroles.
 

Aguijon de Abeja Cabernet Franc; San Juan, Argentina ($17.99)

Bzzzzz, it’s a bee sting (that’s the Spanish translation)! Or perhaps you will be stung by how freaking delicious this Cabernet Franc is...or perhaps you’ll just get buzzed. We are enchanted by the red crunchy fruit and pretty aromatics that lean towards violets. It’s not just a pretty fruit bomb, it has just enough finely structured tannins to keep it interesting. Food wise- it should be quite friendly, pairing well with both earthy flavors (like mushrooms) and the pops of sweetness that appear throughout the Thanksgiving Day table.
 

End of the Vine Merlot; Mendocino County, California ($17.99, discounted 25% by the case)

So, everyone has a Miles Raymond (the leading character of the film Sideways) in their family. The guy who can complain about everything and not really know anything he’s talking about. Well, Miles, this one's for you. Merlot is finally shedding its reputation as being thin and fruity. Our friends at EOV have sourced this delicious ripe Merlot bursting with plum, cherry, blackberry, black pepper, and cocoa. It has soft tannins but is not without structure. For the crowd that wants a little fuller bodied red but still wants it to work with the fatty fare of Turkey Day.

 

FRANCE

Paul Buisse Cremant de Loire NV; Loire Valley, France ($19.99)

A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Chenin Blanc made in the traditional sparkling method. Aromas of fresh white fruit lead into richer notes of hazelnut and brioche. It shows plenty of fruit while being super creamy in the mouth and finishing quite dry. A great starter wine for a crowd of wine snobs and novices alike. Excellent value in a quality bubbly.
 

Domaine Dutron Macon-Vinzelles; Burgundy, France ($25.99)

Want to sneak an excellent Chardonnay into the Holiday mix for that picky cousin from California? "En Paradis" is a vineyard within the commune of Vinzelles consisting of a majority of vines 80+ years old, the remainder being 15+ years old. A bouquet of citrus and honeysuckle builds to a fuller more complex style as it is aged on the lees for about 6 months. Classic Macon-Villages that drinks better than most Pouilly-Fuisse – try with roasted chicken, river fish or light cream sauces.
 

Domaine Richeaume Rosé; Provence, France ($23.99)

Let’s get serious about some Rosé. It’s an illusion as it looks light in the bottle and you expect it to be delicate, but it’s powerful stuff. It has super powers, much like you when you decide to keep your opinions to yourself as Uncle Bob starts in on his “Back when I was….” rant.  This is adult rose, as it has had a little time in the bottle to mellow out much like you. It shows off notes of citrus, light strawberry, raspberry, apricot, and white flowers. Persistent acidity is met by a round, medium-bodied mouthfeel. 
 

Pascal Aufranc 'Les Cerisiers’ Julienas; Beaujolais, France ($22.99)

Nouveau Beaujolais usually dominates the Thanksgiving table, but let’s not forget the more serious side of Gamay with a single village “Cru”. This Juliénas shows deep purple color. The palate is characterized by dense dark cherry fruit perfectly balanced with charming floral (violet) and peppery notes. The long-lasting finish offers a refreshing end to this compelling Gamay.  Serve slightly chilled with ginger-glazed pork, roasted duck, seared rare tuna, or any holiday dishes passed your way.
 

Saint-Damien ‘Plan de Dieu’ Vieille Vignes;  Côtes du Rhône Villages, France ($24.99, discounted 25% by the case)

“An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre, the 2019 Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu Vieilles Vignes is an excellent option for consumers who don't want to spend the extra money for the Saurel family's Gigondas bottlings. The garrigue on the nose is a bit more subtle than normal this year, with the bulk of the aromatics being super ripe cherries and berries. Full-bodied and intense, with a helping of firm tannins that keep the jamminess in check, it finishes dusty and savory, with ample length..." The Wine Advocate 31 Mar 2021.

We concur with the WA folks - this is about as close as you can get to the style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and it is half the price. Going off the beaten path this Thanksgiving? Proudly pour this wine with filet mignon, standing rib roast, roasted lamb or game dishes.
 


Beaujolais Nouveau Has Arrived!

Fresh, fruity and food friendly. Always one of our favorite wines for Thanksgiving
 

Pierre-Marie Chermette "Griottes" Beaujolais Rosé Primeur 2021 - Most of our Rosé wines are sold out until next vintage, so this beautiful Beaujolais arrived just in time for the holidays! Chermette was among the first in the region to practice sustainable farming techniques and the extra labor and expense show in every bottle. This is a delightful Rosé with light floral and red berry aromas, ripe round strawberry and cherry fruit with a touch of spice and crisp acidity on the long finish. An excellent selection for your Thanksgiving table, and will pair nicely with everything from fish to fowl; but alas, only a few cases are left to be had. ($15.99)
 

Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais "Origine" Vieilles Vignes 2021; 750ml or 1.5 liter magnum - The Best Beaujolais Nouveau Is Here! Pierre-Marie Chermette's Nouveau Vieille Vignes is a Beaujolais enjoyed in France’s finest cafés and bistros - this is not the stuff end-capped at the local grocery or chain store. The first grower to produce Nouveau from old vines, hand picked fruit from his 35-85 year old sustainably farmed vineyards, aged one month in neutral oak and bottled unfiltered to retain all the fruit and complexity of the grapes. Surprisingly full and ripe with red & black fruit, bright tannins, violet notes and a touch of dark spice. Pairs well with oven roasted birds as well as roasted pork, rib roasts or spicy seared tuna. Available in 750ml bottles and 1.5 liter magnums - the magnum bottle will look (and taste) quite impressive on your holiday table! ($17.99/750ml or $44.99/1.5 liter magnum).


 

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This page was updated last on 03/05/22