Thanksgiving Wine Musings

What to do when twenty or so of your nearest and dearest, their appetites enraged by the waft of Grandmothers secret stuffing recipe coming from the kitchen, are eyeballing all those great wines you have squirreled away for the future (or at least to be appreciated by your knowing friends)? No occasion lends itself to our selection of great food-friendly, crowd pleasing, popularly priced quaffers than Thanksgiving. So, we’ve gone out of our way to find some truly phenomenal wines at incredible prices that are perfect matches with the traditionals and all the trimmings.

First, a few basics about the tactics in selecting wines for what is probably the largest and most diverse meal any of us eat in any given year. The main attraction, Thom Gobbler, is content with almost any wine. From lighter whites to hearty reds, just about any well made wine (or rich ale!) is delicious with roast turkey, a classic culinary no-brainer.

The slippery slope begins with the supporting cast, specifically cranberry sauce (sweet but also bitter, one of the few foods with more tannin than a Howell Mt. Cab) and the aforementioned Gram’s secret stuffing (full of culinary depth charges like cumin, sage, coriander, thyme, raisins, nuts, oysters if you’re from the South, and usually a fair bit of salt). These flavors often tend to accentuate the astringency in oaky Chards and make tannic Cabernet/Merlot based wines taste metallic. And, let’s face it, many of your guests are just not ready to get their teeth stained with the newest 99 point MonsterCab while you point out that the wine will be great in another forty or fifty years!

Through extensive research using the excellent roast chicken with all the trimmings from Marmalade Cafe* on Montana as a control we have discovered that the best choices include lighter, fruitier whites based on Arneis, Tocai, Albariño, Sauvignon in its less herbal renditions and reds with lots of fruit, some spice, but low tannins, typically Valpolicella, lighter Sangiovese  based wine, and the fruitier side of the Montepulciano / Tempranillo spectrum. We have a store chock full of choices and will be here in force to help you. Have a GREAT Holiday!

*If you are too busy to cook, our friends at Marmalade Cafe can handle everything for you, tell them we sent you: http://www.marmaladecafe.com/