Thanksgiving Selections

This is easily my favorite holiday of the year. I’ve always loved it because it’s based around family and gathering, not gift-giving.

Whether you’re going old-school with turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings, making a meal specific to your culture, or just winging it, we have wine suggestions for you.

~Suggestions~

Lighter Offerings

This sauvignon blanc has really nice, ripe fruit intertwined with bright acidity and a clean, refreshing finish. This will be a great wine to start your evening but will also pair with turkey, stuffing and roast vegetables. If venturing away from traditional fare, try to stick with lighter, vegetable forward dishes or poultry centric meals.

Lighter Offerings

This biodynamic white blend from the South of France is on the lean, crisp side. It has good minerality and floral notes accented with just a kiss of fruit. This wine is perfect with food, especially if you’d like something to cut through the heavy nature of Thanksgiving dinner.

Light – Medium Offerings

Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile white grapes on the planet. It can be big and opulent or reserved with tangy minerality. The Secateurs falls right in the middle. There’s a great balance of ripeness and minerality making this a perfect wine for relaxing before dinner or sitting down for your meal. This will pair well with poultry, pork, fish and most sides that aren’t too rich or heavy.

Light- Medium Offerings

The Ogier (Oh-she-ay) Coted du Rhone Blanc is round and fleshy with tropical notes and a touch of minerality. This is a great option for those who like bigger whites but don’t want the oak. This will pair wonderfully with poultry, Asian, and Mediterranean dishes.

Richer Offerings

This is one of our favorite Chardonnays and there isn’t much of it to go around. The 2015 balanced citrus notes, tropical fruit, and lychee intertwined with soft tannin and wonderful structure. The result is a wine that is great on its own but will pair quite nicely with richer dishes like turkey and gravy, pasta with cream sauce, or butter heavy meals.

Rich & Spicy Offerings

This was something of an anomaly to us. We haven’t really liked any of the domestic Rieslings enough to bring one in until this one. There’s a little sweetness, a little acidity, and some mineralty all playing nicely with each other. Rieslings are traditionally good with spicy foods, this one is no different. It will also play well with richer dishes and offerings that have fresh herbs. It’s more versatile than you think.

Light to Medium Dishes

This is one of our favorite Red Burgundies. This is old vine (Vieilles Vignes) so there’s great structure to the wine but still plenty of the tart cherry and acidity that’s expected from a wine like this. Pair with your traditional Thanksgiving trappings or venture out to roast pork or lamb.

Light to Medium Dishes

This has been a welcome addition to our Pinot Noir stable. This is pure Santa Barbara County Pinot from one of the most respected producers in the area. This has classic notes of bright red fruit, spice notes and just enough silky texture to make it super versatile. This will go very well with traditional turkey but can also stand up to heartier fare if that’s where you’re headed.

 Medium Dishes

This wonderful red from Northern Italy pairs beautifully with hearty pasta dishes, pizza, and roast meats. This is perfect if you’re looking to make something different for Thanksgiving and want it to focus on meat.

Give this wine at least 20 minutes to open up, then enjoy!

 Medium to Heavy Dishes

This red blend is made by Nick Goldschmidt, one of the best red wine producers in Sonama with over 30 vintages under his belt. Nick loves Merlot and it really shines here with a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet. This wine will pair nicely with heavier meals like roasted or grilled meats, heavier pasta, or tamales if you can’t wait till Christmas.

Heavier Dishes

This is one of the best Grenaches we’ve tried from the Central Coast. It’s a bigger style than in the Rhone Valley of France and we’re ok with it. Tons of ripe fruit and baking spice fill this wine. Notes of white pepper and earth coupled with plenty of tannin and structure make this a no brainer for heartier dishes. Don’t be afraid to pair it with turkey and cranberry though, it’s versatile.

Heavier Dishes

The Highlands 41 Cab is a new wine in the market and we’re sure glad we have it. This is a bigger style of Paso Cab. Big, extracted fruit and velvety tannin followed by a long finish make it a great wine for bigger dishes. Roast and grilled meats or stews will be perfect for this big kid.

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