The table is set with fine China dishes and polished silverware. Crystal glasses and linen napkins bound with a ring. Candles are lit and everything is placed perfectly on a pressed table cloth. Gathered around the table are family, friends and loved ones. The turkey is a perfect golden brown, the potatoes are buttered, rolls are freshly baked and there is stuffing and vegetables aplenty. Everything is perfect and everyone's favorite meal is ready to be consumed. A turkey coma will set in shortly!
Let's be real here. Yes, we all love to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. But the real hit isn't the meal itself. No, we all know that the best part Thanksgiving dinner are the Leftovers! Reheating an exact replica plate of what you enjoyed with the family. Carving off a slice of turkey and taking all the sides you can find and stuffing them between two pieces of bread for an enormous and delicious deluxe sandwich. Turkey soup. An extra biscuit. And the luxury of consuming these leftovers whenever you please! There's an unspoken secret that we all share too - that any time of day is acceptable and appropriate to fix yourself another plate. 1AM? Of course. Breakfast? Obviously. a full-on meal-snack between lunch and dinner? Why not!
Ok - by now you're asking yourself What does any of this have to do with wine or the weekly Wednesday Wine Tasting? Well there's good news and there's bad news. Let's get the bad news out of the way first. We're not having a tasting this week unfortunately. Too many moving parts and so many folks heading out of town for the holiday.
The good news is that we'll be open our normal hours on Wednesday, the evening before Thanksgiving 10-7. More good news is that all the wines we've enjoyed at the tastings this month, all geared to be enjoyed for the holiday, will be available!
For a refresher, the first week we did a side-by-each Pepsi Challenge-esque competition between a Napa Cab and a Sonoma Cab and a Napa Chard and a Sonoma Chard. Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon and Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee Red Blend. Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay and La Crema Chardonnay.
Our next one we did all white wines that pair nicely with the Thanksgiving meal. Starting with Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (because you should always start with bubbles, obviously). We then moved into Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc before finishing up with two different styles of Chardonnay; the Cave De Lugny Macon-Villages Bourgogne Blanc and Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay.
And finally we finished up with my personal favorite, Gamay from three different Crus of Beaujolais, France. We opened the floor with Chardonnay once again, this one from Lucien Lardy and his Beaujolais Blanc. For the Crus, we went to Chiroibles with Chateau de Javernand Les Gatilles, Moulin-a-Vent with Bulliat and then Saint-Amour with the Pascal Berthier Esprit de Seduction. And speaking of Beaujolais, the Nouveau has arrived! Meant to celebrate the harvest and the harvest meal, Beaujolais Nouveau is a days-long festival celebrating the wines of the region and meant to be quaffed just upon release (i.e. Thanksgiving).
We'll have all these available for you to enjoy around your table, to cheers your friends, make merry with your family and loved ones, and most importantly to gather with and enjoy your company!
Salud and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
The Wine Shop Team