Turkey TreatsNovember 7, 2019
Time to get ready to trim your farm raised, free ranged turkey, set an abundant table for your multitude of guests, and make sure to have plenty of wine on hand for the relatives (or to deal with them). Not sure what value wines would be best to get you through this favorites of fall occasions? Advanced Sommelier Jenny Benzie recommends a handful of wine selections that will grace your Thanksgiving dinner table with laud and praise.
Naveran Brut Vintage Cava is a steal of a deal when it comes to sparkling wine. Made by proprietor Michel Guilleron Parellada, this is a blend of the indigenous grapes from the Penedés region of Spain. Xarello adds to the body, Macabea gives it an aromatic intensity, and Parellada lends acidity to the wine.
Cava is made in the same production method as Champagne, in which the secondary fermentation that creates the bubbles occurs in the bottle itself. Bodegas Naveran is a premium Cava producers in that they only use estate-grown grapes.
This Brut is aged for 18 months on the lees after fermentation in the bottle in order to achieve greater depth and complexity within in the wine.
The fine, delicate bubbles show the refined finesse inside this product.
This sparkling wine is a secret find in regards to the quality and value that this wine has to offer in comparison to others in its’ category.
Hugel “Gentil” White Blend revives an ancient tradition in the Alsace region of France, where the Hugel family was a pioneer of grape growing.
Wines that are assembled from the noble grape varieties of the area were called “Gentil”.
This wine combines the suave, spicy flavor of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat, and the refreshing character of Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner, all combined together in one delicious bottle of wine.
This wine is made from hand-harvested grapes that come from several of the most favored vineyard sites in the region near the town of Riquewihr in Alsace, France.
It sees no oak, yet has a touch of richness and texture that will pair perfectly with the texture of your mouth-watering turkey.
Domaine de Groś Noré Rosé Bandol is a rosé wine worth seeking.
Owner Alain Pascal and the wines he makes are very similar, both gentile giants and full of heart. Alain and his father worked in the business together and used to sell their grapes to other well-known Bandol producers, only bottling a small amount on their own for home consumption.
After his father’s passing, Alain decided to create his own label and make the wine for commercial release instead of selling it off to others.
We are the ones who benefit now with this beautiful bottling of Rosé made from 54% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault, 19% Grenache, 2% Clairette.
This wine proves to be a rosé for all seasons, showcasing character, depth, complexity, soul, and finesse that can be enjoyed all year round, and especially on your fall dinner table.
Cara Nord Red Blend hails from the high altitude vineyards of the Prades Mountains, the highest mountain massif in Catalonia, Spain.
They are labeled under the Denominación of Origin Conca de Barberà (not affiliated with the Barbera grape of Piedmont, Italy).
The wine is made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Garrut (the local name for the grape Monastrell, also known as Mourvédre).
This winery practices sustainable dry farming, responsible viticulture, and minimal intervention.
The wines has an elegant nose of black fruits, minerals, and balsamic, followed by a juicy mouthful with vibrant acidity and a long finish.
This elegant wine will carry you through to the cinnamon spiciness of your choice of pumpkin or apple pie.
As we join together round the table, let us remember to give thanks and praise to the families of winemakers across the globe who provide us with the perfect accompaniment that adds to our holiday meals and family traditions. From our home to yours, we wish you the very best this fall and Thanksgiving season.