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The Nose That Knows: Wine for Thanksgiving made easy

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I’m going to make it easy for you. The typical Thanksgiving dinner is a culinary hodgepodge and a sommelier’s biggest challenge. So the goal here is to wash it all down deliciously.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Thanksgiving dinner! My Mom, the Goddess of Thanksgiving, rocked it better than anyone. Her green bean casserole, believe it or not, was delicious. Mom’s stuffing was a delightful moist conglomeration of steer liver, onions, butter, toasted bread, and Bell’s Seasoning. I can still taste it. Her twice-baked stuffed potatoes were to die for, with their crusty paprika-laced exteriors that encased a garlicky, velvety, creamy lusciousness. And then there was her home-orangy-tangy cranberry sauce, OMG!

Here’s the key to selecting your perfect Thanksgiving wine. Any “sweetness” on the Thanksgiving table will clash with a “bone-dry” wine. Cranberry sauce is “sneaky.” It changes the entire dynamic of the meal. Every year for the last 44, I have risked life, limb, and liver to find the Holy Grails of Thanksgiving Wine.

Holiday dinner (Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash)

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This list is foolproof. If you can’t make it to Arrowine, use my suggestions as a reference.

And the envelope please…

  • Le Berceau Blanquette de Limoux NV, France: $14.99

Every celebration should start with a fizz. And at $14.99, this dry and complex Methode Champanoise hits the nail on the head.

  • 2021 Domaine du Pas Saint Martin, Le Vent Dans Les Saules, Anjou France: $19.99

This 100% Dry Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley is brimming with opulent flavors of sliced apples, spiced pears, tangerines, and a vibrant palate-cleansing mineral finish.

  • 2021 Domaine Billard Bourgogne Aligote, France: $19.99

The “Other White Burgundy” on the nose is kumquat and nectarine, with just a hint of lemon zest. The palate adds lime and Japanese yellow plum with a refreshing cleansing and mineral finish.

  • 2020 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis, Sainte Claire: $31.99

This wine has soul; it’s richly flavored, mineral, and complex. The palate has laser-like flavors of wet stone, crushed seashells, and fresh sweet butter. The finish is long and lingering.

  • 2021 Margerum M5, Los Olivos, California: $25.99

This White California Rhône Blend is a “no-brainer” for Thanksgiving. A skillful and brilliant blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, and Picpoul Blanc with aromas of apricots, white florals, and flavors of apple and peach nectar with a zippy finish. Poetic.

  • 2021 Valle de Inez Pinot Nor San Luis Obispo, California: $21.99

Doug Margerum crafted this complex, bargain Pinot. It has structure and complexity and is drier than most — a “serious” Pinot from California at a price.

  • 2021 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon: $29.99

This wine is a textbook Willamette Pinot. It checks all the boxes and more. Lots of cherry fruit, smooth and sensual. A delight to drink, delicious.

  • 2021 Domaine Laurent and Romain Pillot Bougogne, France: $24.99

My go-to Bourgogne for over 15 years, no one does it better, and a price that is impossible to beat for the “Real McCoy.” Supple, medium-bodied, and loaded with crystalline strawberry/mineral fruit. A winner.

  • 2021 Melville Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, California: $44.99

Complex and satisfying, Melville delivers. Lots of cherry/strawberry fruit and well-integrated oak make this supple Pinot a stand-out.

  • 2020 Lafond Lirac “Roc Épine” Rhône Valley, France: $22.99

If you like a gutsy Côtes du Rhône, this Lirac is richer and more complex. This wine is spicy, smooth, and a joy to drink!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Arrowine Family to yours,
Doug Rosen

Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash

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