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Uncorked Ramblings: What goes with turkey?

Published on November 20, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on November 21, 2017 12:05PM

What are you drinking this Thanksgiving?

Courtesy The Wine Shack

What are you drinking this Thanksgiving?

The holiday season is here and customers often ask us to recommend the perfect wine to enjoy with their upcoming feast.

If you like turkey and all of the fixings as much as I do, then you can hardly wait. I can almost smell the turkey in the oven now. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because the dinner is so diverse in flavors and textures. From fruit salad, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, to cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect occasion for serve a wide variety of wines.

While we have hundreds of wines that are worthy, here are the wines we are recommend for your Thanksgiving table this year.

For starters, nothing says “party” better than bubbles. I really enjoy Domaine Michelle’s “Luxe” 2012 sparkling wine. Luxe is made in the classic style of French Champagne, classic grapes — pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, and classic method-using tirage, dosage and three years of sur lies aging. The result is a delicious sparkler with notes of apple, spice and freshly baked bread. I also like Argyle Brut sparkling wine.

For white wine fans, I think you’d love Pudding River Viognier, because of its wonderful aromas and flavors of peach, apple, tropical fruits and white flowers. If you are serving crab, shrimp or a fruit salad with your Thanksgiving meal, viognier is a wonderfully complex partner. I also recommend Season Cellars Viognier.

Because The Wine Shack is primarily focused on Pacific Northwest wines, I don’t recommend French wine very often. But this year, the perfect thanksgiving wine lineup includes a bottle of Kermit Lynch’s 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau. Made from 100% Gamay fruit harvested only six to eight weeks ago, this Beaujolais Nouveau is packed with flavors of red cherry, raspberry, cranberry, cotton candy, spice and dried fig. I can’t wait to drink this wine. For a local selection, I recommend Primarius Pinot Noir.

If you feel compelled to drink only big red wines all of the time, my recommendation is J Scott Cellars Zinfandel. Made with fruit from the Columbia Valley, this zinfandel is jammy with smooth tanning is the mouth and offers flavors of dried cherry, cocoa and baking spice. This is a perfect wine for those of you grilling your Thanksgiving turkey. I also recommend Zerba Cellars Zinfandel.

When it’s time for dessert, pumpkin pie and pecan pie are the traditional Thanksgiving desserts and as you can imagine, I love them both. While fortified wines like ruby port and madeira go nicely with pie, I think a late harvest dessert wine like Capitello Dolcino is the perfect match. Made from frozen gewürztraminer grapes, Dolcino is an explosion of peaches, apricots and honeysuckle with notes of ginger and clove. This wine is special and a wonderful way to end the Thanksgiving festivities. I also recommend Kiona Chenin Blanc Ice Wine.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Wine Shack. Please drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.


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