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Choosing a Wine for Thanksgiving



For Thanksgiving I generally serve one red wine and one white wine to give my guests a choice. While I have often served Chardonnay in the past as the white wine, over the last 7 or 8 years I have enjoyed serving Rhone white varietals like Roussane, Marsanne and Viognier. For reds I have most often served Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Grenache.

If you have a number of guests over, choosing the right wine is tricky. You want to serve wines that are good enough to please your guests who appreciate good wine, while keeping in mind that some guests who may not be wine enthusiasts will probably take a sip or two and leave their mostly full glass on the table to be dumped down the drain.

With that in mind, the wines I plan on serving this year are:

Red: 2009 Babcock Pinot Noir Grand Cuvee from the Babcock Winery. ($45)

White: 2010 Blair Fox Viognier, Paradise Road Vineyard from Blair Fox Cellars. ($29)

How about you? What wine will you be serving for Thanksgiving?







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Cosmo
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Beaujolais nouveau
A gruner veltliner of some sort






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L.A.
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Beaujolais nouveau
A very popular choice.

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A gruner veltliner of some sort
Nice. I've never tried that with Thanksgivng fare, but I'll bet it will match very nicely.






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Mo Jeaux
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Thinking about trying some of the wines discussed in this New York Times article.

They discuss sparkling wines, too, which is an option I'd like to have this Thanksgiving.



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Sir Drinksalot
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We are doing a themed thanksgiving. Wine choice will be easy.
Redneck=something in a box to wash down the onion rings n






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Wine is wasted on my wife's Texas family. So I get an inexpensive Chardonnay and Cab for them, and I keep the good stuff for me behind the bar. I have not picked up anything yet but I generally like to go with a Zin and either a Gruner or a very dry Reisling or Pinot Blanc. Do you drink white or red with the meal? I am usually a red wine drinker but I find white works better for me on Thanksgiving.





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Beaujolais is too damned sweet and bubbly to be served as a accompaniement with a meal. Dessert wine yeah.





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Will likely serve Krug bubbly and a magnum of 84 Ridge Montebello.





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Theier product has its seasonal ups and downs, but Chateau Beychevel from Bordeaux makes some good stuff when it is right. If I remember correctly it is in the second growth family.





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Mo Jeaux
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Wine is wasted on my wife's Texas family.


My Yankee wife's family is the same. They would be just as happy with a $14 magnum bottle of pinot grigio as anything else.

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dry Reisling


Good idea. I may do this myself.






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Tigertown in ATL
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re: Choosing a Wine for Thanksgiving


Bottle of Korbel and orange juice.

Oh wait, that's Christmas.






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Bottle of Korbel and orange juice.



Oh wait that's Saturdays.






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Oh wait that's Saturdays.








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They discuss sparkling wines, too, which is an option I'd like to have this Thanksgiving.
I've done sparkling wines with Thanksgiving dinner before. It's a good choice IMO.






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L.A.
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Do you drink white or red with the meal? I am usually a red wine drinker but I find white works better for me on Thanksgiving.
I serve both and let people choose which one they want. Reds work fine if you choose something not too tannic. I served two bottles of 2006 Howell Mountain Zinfandel two years ago and it went great with the food.






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Will likely serve Krug bubbly and a magnum of 84 Ridge Montebello.
'84 was a great year for North Coast California. That will be a real treat for you and your guests.

And how the heck did you manage to hang on to that magnum for so long? I admire your patience.






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I'll be having a bottle of Pumpkinator. Not sure about everyone else.





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I have several David Arthur Merritagio and a couple DA Elevations which I'll open as well as a couple Shypoke Charbono 08. I just got a case of the Shypoke 10 Sangiovese and it needs to cellar (or closet) for awhile. I also received a case of Orrin Swift Palermo which is really nice from the left over Mercury Head grapes. I'm sure it will be in the mix and maybe a Mollydooker Gigglepot.

For white I will defer to better palates but I do have a couple of Kenefick Ranch White I'll open. I have a nice Swanson Rosata as well.






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And how the heck did you manage to hang on to that magnum for so long? I admire your patience.

I actually bought that magnum at auction but have Montebello going back to 1966. I like old wines and am fortunate enough to have plenty of mature wines on hand to drink.






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Wine with Thanksgiving meal is always the talk. But one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is after all the food has been eating, and the first round of guests have left, opening something really nice, and stretching out on the couch while the dishwasher hums.

That is the real magic of Thanksgiving.






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