Sunday, November 6, 2022

Thanksgiving Wines!

Thanksgiving Wines
Thursday, November 24th

Thanksgiving is one of the best wine Holidays, with so many flavors and dishes on the table you can really drink whatever you like and it's bound to go perfectly with something on the table. There is no perfect Thanksgiving wine, because really the perfect Thanksgiving wine is the one you want to drink the most. If you like a big Cabernet or a big rich Chardonnay - drink those! If you do not like Pinot Noir, you will still not like it with Thanksgiving.
Drink what you like! We have come up with a few suggestions from our locations to help guide you.

Spirit Wine & Craft's First Annual Thanksgiving Picks
Imaginarium Blanc de Blanc NV...$17.99
Not only is sparkling wine inherently festive and celebratory, it’s also very food friendly and a great palate cleanser in between dishes varying in flavors and texture. Imaginarium is made in the same traditional method as Champagne, and at a fraction of the price it’s hard to find a better deal.

2019 A la Carte Pinot Noir....$19.99
Since the first Thanksgiving, cranberries have held an important role in the yearly feast. A la Carte Pinot Noir's tart, tangy red fruit notes will pair just as well with your meal as the traditional side of cranberry sauce.

Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 73...$14.99
Conventional wisdom tells us to avoid big reds on Thanksgiving, but consider the Zinfandel grape, which constitutes the majority of this dazzling blend. It’s loaded with intense cherry and blackberry as well as baking spices and a crisp acidity. Try this with dinner OR dessert.

Cardamaro Vino Aromatizzato Amaro...$22.99
Ok, so it’s not technically a wine, but it is a wine-based herbal bittersweet digestif that’s meant to be enjoyed after you’ve stuffed yourself. A Piedmontese Moscato at the base, it incorporates 23 botanicals that remain undisclosed - other than cardoon, where it gets its name. It can also be used in place of sweet vermouth for a unique take on a Manhattan.

New Ballas Thanksgiving picks
2019 Traber Dry Riesling....$19.99
Alsatian wines are classic matches with Thanksgiving! E. Traber Riesling a dry white wine from the region of Alsace. This white wine is aromatic and it is classified as a “noble grape variety” just like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat. It is known to be the finest of Alsace grapes and the most elegant. It covers about a quarter of the Alsatian vineyard. It is a dry, racy white with loads of citrus and mineral components. Well structure with a very long finish.  It goes perfectly with turkey!!!

2020 Comte De Langeron Coteaux Bourguignons.....$25.99
Great white Burgundy at a great price!  Does not see any oak which makes it perfect for Thanksgiving along with its great acidity! 
This appellation, Coteaux Bourguignons, was created in 2011 covers red, white, and rosé wines, grown over four départements. The Coteaux Bourguignons appellation covers wines that can be blended or come from a single varietal, and which can use some more old-fashioned varietals. Production of white is very small from this area and most of them do not leave France.

2020 Comte Langeron Beaujolais Villages.....$17.99
Beaujolais Villages is the classic red to go with Thanksgiving!  This one is perfect
A Family winery established in the village of Mercurey (Burgundy). Small production from old vines. An intense Beaujolais with great structure like a Burgundy. Since the 19th century, we have produced a broad range of Burgundy and Beaujolais appellations, part from family owned vineyards and the rest as vinificators.
"This red is a step up in quality from a basic Beaujolais. " - Gail Appleson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

2020 Damien Martin Bourgogne Rouge....$22.99
100% Pinot Noir - perfect for Thanksgiving
Only 800 cases made
This lovely 2020 Bourgogne Rouge is medium ruby red in color with vibrant cherry and wild berries on the nose along with an amazing floral quality. Medium to full bodied with with consistent dark berries on the palate. This wine is rich and fleshy with a great core of fruit and a fantastic finish. This wine is produced from 25 year old vines in limestone and clay soil.

Kirkwood location Thanksgiving picks
2021 Lafond Lirac Blanc.....$19.99
Grenache blanc 50%, Roussane 30%, Viognier 20%
Rounded, creamy stone fruit, floral and herbal hints, with white blossom, fresh peach, apple, lemon and wet stone. 100% Organic

2019 Clos del Rey L'Aragone Carignan $19.99
A tank-aged blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% Carignan, the 2019 Maury Sec Le Sabina del Rey is the "little wine" of the Clos del Rey stable. That doesn't mean it's not dark, concentrated and darn good. Ripe black cherries lead the way, entwined with delicate herbal streaks of garrigue, crushed stone and licorice. Full-bodied and silky-textured, it's surprisingly charming, with a long, softly dusty finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2020 Domaine Riffault Sancerre "Corem a Batis"....$27.99
A luminous, gold-tinged core in the glass. Bountiful on the nose, with Meyer lemon peel, white pepper, dried herbs, and plenty of white flowers and chamomile. The mouthfeel is exhilarating, with laser-focused acidity, crushed limestone, and elegance all the way through the long finish. An incredible bargain for the prestigious Sancerre region.

2019 Acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon....$34.99
Yes, you can do Cabernet with Thanksgiving!  A steal from Rutherford! Some of Napa's most prestigious wineries reside here, like Joseph Phelps, Caymus, Cakebread, Beaulieu Vineyards just to name a few. This rich Cabernet punches well above its weight!
Aromas of brambly raspberry and lavender are layered with barrel notes of vanilla and toffee. Rich black plum and black cherry are at the forefront of a solid core of fruit that coats the palate, while an underlying note of mocha that compliments the bold, firm texture and full body.

Lamp and Lantern Location Thanksgiving picks!
2019 El Enemigo Chardonnay...$26.99
Cooked apple, lemon curd and light vanilla on the nose, together with stone, mineral and some dried flowers. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and beautiful fruit. Hints of vanilla and pie crust in the aftertaste. Always great quality for the price. Drink or hold.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

2020 Chateau Croix D'Aumedes Corbieres.... $15.99
Rhone/Rhone style blends go great with Thanksgiving.  Beautiful dark colored wine with cherry shades. It showcases complex aromas of ripe fruit and licorice with hints of garrigue flowers. A well-balanced silky feeling first embraces the palate, then giving way to a beautiful fruity experience, with fine and ripe tannins.
40% Carignan (old vines), 30% Syrah and 30% Grenache

2018 Hierogram Old Vine Zinfandel...$13.99
The fruit and spice of Zinfandel helps elevate the flavors of Turkey!
Solidly built and fruity without seeming sweet, this full-bodied wine combines concentrated flavors with a firm structure of fine-grained tannins and supportive acidity. Light oak touches add interest, but the wine's power and appeal come from bold varietal-fruit flavors.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Forsyth location Thanksgiving Wine Picks

2021 Diatom Chardonnay Santa Barbara County...$22.99
Yes, Chardonnay works well with Thanksgiving!!
The Diatom 2021 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) is another home run from Greg Brewer. Stunning in its depth and overall intensity, the 2021 is bright and mineral, with plenty of citrus and floral character, but also a good amount of textural depth to keep things in balance. Time in the glass brings out the wine's layers and overall pedigree. As always, the style here favors cold fermentation, no malolactic fermentation and very short aging in steel prior to bottling.
Rated 94/100 Vinous

2021 Ridge Vineyards Grenache Blanc Paso Robles...$34.99
A white with crushed stone and sliced lemon rind with some white peaches. Sliced apple, too. Medium to full body. Some lime at the end. Co-fermented. 90% grenache blanc, 6% roussanne, and 4% picpoul.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2019 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Willamette Valley...$39.99
This is very seductive on the nose with ripe strawberry, spice, flowers and hints of cloves. Full-bodied, but very reserved and tight with chewy, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Racy and structured.
Rated 97/100 James Suckling

2018 Ramey Clarey Napa Valley...$41.99
Deep ruby-purple, the 2018 Claret is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot. It features blackcurrant aromas with accents of peppercorn, bacon, cedar, thyme and lavender. Full-bodied, its powerful, concentrated fruits are supported by finely grained tannins, and it has a long, still youthfully coiled finish. It will continue to unfold for several more years in bottle.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2021 Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence...$22.99

Rose wine does an amazing job with Thanksgiving - perfect body and acidity! This one is one of the best!
45% Grenache, 21% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 6% Sauvignon Blanc
Bright, onion-skin color. Fresh and incisive on the nose, displaying red berry, citrus fruit and floral quality and subtle mineral and spice flourishes. Juicy and sharply focused, putting forward lithe strawberry, blood orange and honeysuckle flavors that deepen through the back half. Finishes long and silky, with the red fruit and floral notes lingering.
Rated 91/100 Vinous Media

2019 Stratum Waipara Valley Pinot Noir...$13.99
Pinot Noir - the perfect weight for Thanksgiving!
A brilliant ruby red color leads to a nose that is loaded with assorted, lifted red fruit, raspberry, cherry and plum with an engaging spicy top note and a touch of earthy, stemminess that adds nuance and intrigue. Medium bodied and backed with sleek tannins that gives this a round, silky textural feel. the core of red fruit flavors are vibrant and fresh with enough detail on the finish to keep you coming back for more. Polished and loaded with vibrancy and freshness this should show well over the next 3 plus years quite easily.
Great with Salmon, pork, duck, mushroom dishes

Thanksgiving requires a great Sparkling!
2018 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee Russian River Valley...$45.99
This beautiful bubbly is stately yet festive, with effusive notes of raspberry and zesty lemon accented with graham cracker and fresh ginger as this fans out on the finish, picking up creamy and spicy notes along the way. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

Joel Falmet Champagne Les Parcelles Brut...$44.99
Grower Champagne "RM" Récoltant-Manipulant
The grapes for this wine are all sustainably farmed. Joël is one of only a few producers to use a soléra system for his vin de reserve each vintage. As he pulls out wine from his vin de reserve, he adds a little wine back to his soléra. Currently it is a 12 year old soléra, which significantly adds to the depth and complexity of his Champagnes. Each vintage he blends 30% wine from the solera, with the current vintage. The “Parcelles” cuvée spends 42 months on the lees before disgorgement. Joël bottles his wine with a low, 9 grams per liter, dosage. Annual production only 1,660 cases
Rated #1 Champagne in the New York Times

Natural Wine Recommendations for Thanksgiving
2021 Margins Counoise Santa Clara....$25.99
An underappreciated varietal to take to your table - this Counoise is loaded with tart-yet-juicy cranberry and going to be a natural foil for the richness of the thanksgiving meal. Might want to get two, though, it’s too darn drinkable.

2021Gulp Hablo Orange Wine....$18.99 / Liter bottle
(Sauv Blanc 50%, Verdejo 50%) 
Orange, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
If you’re looking for lighter fare, or a first wine to get thanksgiving day started, consider the Gulp Hablo amber blend. Tropical fruit, nectarines and flowers and juicy acidity to boot. If they made Vino Verde for Fall, this would be it.

2021 Vino Volte Sparkling Grenache....$31.99
Pet Nat, Swan Valley, Western Australia
Sparkling… Grenache? YES. Nearly rosé, this is berries and yeast and the gravel on which it grows. If you prefer to celebrate with bubbles, the lively texture and zippy acid here will deliver.

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