SEATTLE, November 26, 2014 — Thanksgiving is a great day of food, friends and family so it’s always a great time of the year to pick out wines that are as diverse as the bounty of food on the table. There really are no rules per se when it comes to picking the “right wine” to go with your favorite Thanksgiving meal but there are a few “gimmes” to consider.
First off, don’t ever believe anyone who makes a claim of things like: “There isn’t a single wine that can go with everything on the Thanksgiving table”. That’s not exactly true as a good, dry Rose or Rose with bubbles will literally go with every kind of traditional Thanksgiving main course and side dish. Are there wines that may, for example, go better with cranberry sauce? Sure, but if one is forced to only choose a single bottle, then a dry Rose still wine or with bubbles is a very safe bet.
Wine often seems to be an afterthought in many cases so here are some great last-minute wine picks to consider for your meal:
2012 Mazzocco Petite Sirah Fog: This beautifully dark, inky wine is a great option if you prepare any kind of lamb or well-seasoned meats such as a blackened turkey. Gorgeous notes here of Marionberry, peppercorn, blackberry, pencil lead, beef jerky and leather.
2012 Mazzocco Zinfandel Sullivan Vineyard: A somewhat light-bodied zinfandel that has enough zest and character to play very well at the Thanksgiving table. Flavors of raspberry, peppercorn
2010 Chateau Franc-Baudron: Classic Bourdeaux complexity and smoothness in a glass. There are no two ways about it, this wine is meant for food. Blackberry, blueberry, mushroom and plum compote.
2013 Navarro Vineyards Gewurztraminer: Quite easily one of the best new world Gewurztraminers out there. Stellar notes of green apple, pear and a hint of jasmine that combine in a very clean-finishing wine that simply begs to be pounded with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes or even Thai food.
2013 Navarro Vineyards Gewurztraminer – Late Harvest: Save this wine for the pies at the end of the meal or to pair with “stinky cheeses” and dried fruit.
2013 Navarro Pinot Noir – Anderson Valley: An easy pounder this wine is. Full of fruit, vibrancy and life. It has a great deal of character to it with notes of forest floor, cedar chest, cranberry and white pepper. A wine that’d be stellar with turkey and cranberry sauce.
2012 Josh Cellars Legacy Red Wine: Heart, affordable, full of flavor. These are some accurate adjectives for this Josh Cellars red wine that has a decent amount of complexity and retains good tannin structure as well as some excellent fruit.
2008 Cheateau Brande-Bergere Cuvee O’Byrne: At six years old, this wine is ready to rumble. It has a “relaxed” sense to it – it fits like an old pair of jeans that you never want to get rid of. The character of this wine and how it tenderly kisses your palate must be tasted to be fully appreciated. Kisses of blackberry, truffle, Marionberry, black plums, peppercorns, leather, saddle soap, fig and shoe polish envelope your palate like a long-lost lover that you’ve returned to. There’s a full moon out, just you and your lover, naked, fire roaring off in the distance, taking each other into a full embrace with anticipation of what’s to come.
2011 Chateau Bonnet Merlot-Cab: This right bank blend is youthful tannins, a nice combination of red and dark fruits and for the money would be a real crowd pleaser.
2010 Chateau Leboscq Medoc: Grab this wine for stuffing that’s made using the giblets of the turkey. It has earth, fruit, a nice hint of charred asparagus and finishes very smoothly.