As I have mentioned many times in the past Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday and certainly my favorite wine holiday. But let's not focus just on Thursday with family often in town all week, or at least from Wednesday through the weekend you are going to need drinks at the ready for at least 5 days. My family usually kicks off the festivities on Wednesday night and goes strong through the weekend, then hitting the running trail of course on Thursday morning to make room for dinner. Below is what I have planned for the week(end) of great drinks, others will take care of the food" -- Aaron, wine manager (Forsyth location)
A simple meal is best for Wednesday, people are often traveling or just getting off work around dinner time. We usually have roast tenderloin, as the main with a simple salad and roasted vegetables on the side. Start things off on the right foot with Sparkling Wine/Champagne, remember don't save the best for last, enjoy that special bottle of Champagne early on and finish off with some solid Sparklers from outside of Champagne or a nice glass of whiskey.
A few options...
2006 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc $139.98 (97/100 Wine Spectator)
NV Joel Falmet Brut Rose $49.99
NV Joel Falmet Brut $39.99
NV Roederer Estate Anderson Valley $19.99 (93/100 Wine Spectator)
NV Collin Cremant de Limoux Rose $19.99
Starlight Single Barrel Rye Cask Strength...$34.99
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel American Whiskey...$37.99
Turkey Day! Get up early and head out for some exercise because it's going to be a great day of eating and drinking. The cooking and family fun usually starts up around noon at our household, with most just snacking throughout the day on left overs from the night before. If there is football on you might as well have a beer. Our Side Project Merci is a wonderfully tart beer to share with your out of town guests. It will prime the pallet for the feast to come. As for the main event don't stress about the wine pairings there are so many flavors on the table that whatever you want to drink is bound to pair with something. Our family tends to lean towards lighter reds and whites for the meal but that certainly doesn't mean you have to. Below are some of my favorite Thanksgiving wines.
2016 Hugel Gentil $16.99
2017 Lancyre Roussanne $19.99
2016 Roland Laventreaux Chablis VV $29.99
2014 Augustino White Blend Mendoza $24.99 (94/100 Jeb Dunnuck)
2016 Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay $46.99 (96/100 Wine Advocate)
2016 Stephan Aviron Chenas Beaujolais
2014 Domaine Cabirau First Things First $34.99
2012 Marques de Caceres Rioja Riserva $18.99 (93/100 The Wine Spectator)
2015 Chateau Cottiere Cotes de Bourg $15.99 (91/100 James Suckling)
2016 A la Carte Pinot Noir $15.99
2016 Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin $61.99