Wines for Thanksgiving...and Beyond

3 Glasses of Wine

 Thanksgiving is one of those occasions that cries out for a special wine. It’s all about celebrating harvest and bounty and cuisine and family and friends. And those are the things wine was made for!
Over the past several weeks, we’ve Featured Beautiful Wines for Lovely Feasts and More Beautiful Wines for Lovely Feasts. These are excellent choices for your special meal, whenever it occurs. But I’ve just browsed through the shelves and picked out some more wines that would go well with good food and good friends.
Feasting wines fall into the categories of “Wines to please a crowd…and not break the budget” and “Wines to Wow.” The latter are usually for when you’re going somewhere else for the feast and you need to bring one special bottle. Or maybe it’s just you and a special someone sitting down to a lovingly prepared meal and you want the wine to express your gratitude for life and love.
Wines to Wow
These wines aren’t cheap, but neither are you. My favorite “Wow Wines” currently on offer in our store are:
Champagne – You can’t go wrong with this one. If you’re taking it to someone else’s house, bring it chilled and say to the hosts, “I thought this would be a great way to start the evening.” That way, they’ll know you intend for it to be opened…and you’ll get to have some!
Lanson Black Label NV Brut - $59.95
From one of the oldest Champagne houses. Classic & Traditional.
Pierre Moncuit Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs - $61.00
Wine Enthusiast – 92 Pts, The Wine Advocate – 90 Pts
Red Bordeaux – Chateau Boutisse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2005 - $48.00
Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Domaine du Vieux Lazaret 2004 - $33.50
California Cabernet Sauvignon – Sterling Rutherford Cab 2004 (Napa) - $43.00
Pinot Noir
King Estate Signature Pinot Noir 2007 (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - $32.00
          Bedford Road Pinot Noir 2005 (Marlborough, New Zealand) - $24.95
Big Chardonnay – Luca Chardonnay 2007 (Mendoza, Argentina) - $38.00
Porto – A bottle of this rich fortified wine will finish off the meal with a feeling of luxury
          Smith & Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Porto 1995 - $36.50
Wines to please a crowd…and not break the budget
These are not the “Under $12” wines we all drink every day. They’re more in the mid-range of price, reflecting the importance of the occasion at a reasonable cost. We have lots of wines in this category, and when you come in we can help you find the perfect wine for you and your event. Below I’ve got some suggestions:
          Saint-Hilaire Brut (Languedoc, France) – $16.50
          Gruet Blanc de Noirs (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – $16.50
          Cuvee #8 (Marlborough, New Zealand) – Feature Price $24.00
Don Pedro de Soutomaior Albariño 2008 - $19.95 
White Burgundy (Chardonnay)
Domaine Alain Normand Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2007 - $21.00
Pascal-Renaud Mâcon-Villages 2008 - $15.00
California Chardonnay
          Del Bondio Oakville Chardonnay (Napa) 2007 - $19.95
          Wente “Morning Fog” Chardonnay (LivermoreValley) 2007 – $14.75
          SunGarden2007 (Mosel, Germany) - $12.50
          Pacific Rim Organic Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington) - $14.95
Pacific Rim Dry Riesling (Mosel/Columbia Valley) - $14.50
Pinot Noir
          Lurton “Les Salices” Pinot Noir 2007 (Languedoc, France) - $14.35
Morandé Terrarum Reserva (Casablanca Valley, Chile) - $13.25
          CastleRockCentralCoast Pinot Noir 2007 - $12.50
          Dehesa Gago 2007 (Toro, Spain) - $17.40
          Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2005 (Rioja, Spain) – $19.90
          Marietta Old Vines Red (Paso Robles, California) - $16.50
          Tobin James “Ballistic” Zinfandel (Paso Robles, California) - $22.00
          Rag Apple Lassie Zinfandel 2004 (Yadkin Valley, NC) –$14.80
          Turner & Cole Poggio del Falco (Tuscany, Italy) – $20.85
          Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2006 (Florence, Italy) - $16.50
Rhone Wine
          Domaine de Boissieu Beaujolais-Villages 2007 - $18.80
          Chateau de Saint Cosme “Les Deux Albion” Cotes-du-Rhone 2007 - $27.75
          Chateau Tour du Moulin “Les Terres Rouges” 2006 (Fronsac) - $19.95
          Chateau Roc de Pourret 2006 (Saint-Emilion) - $24.95
These wines are just a sampling of the many fine selections we have to offer. So come by and see us!