Jay here from Gentile’s the Wine Sellers - The holidays are almost upon us and Bobby and I are looking forward to our first year finding the right wines for your Thanksgiving and holiday table. The task of entertaining family and friends can be daunting, but I think we’ve got some real finds that will please a crowd while still having that unique touch you expect from us.
2019 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc ($16.99 / bottle)
First up we have a beautiful and affordable Pinot Blanc from one of my favorite white wine regions, Alsace. The 2019 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc ($16.99 / bottle) is grown from vineyards that date back to the Roman Empire, with classic French finesse. It opens with a nose of fresh-cut flowers and honeysuckle, then drinks with expressive white peach and a touch of green apple on its bone-dry finish. I’ve had more expensive wines from this region that didn’t impress me as much as this, its truly a steal.
2021 Giunta Vineyards Malbec Nouveau ($15.99/bottle)
Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine released of the French harvest, is a wine I enjoy for its novelty even if by its very nature it lacks refinement. The bright cranberry fruits of a traditional Beaujolais tend to jump out of the glass and their friendly structure pairs well with traditional Fall flavors. Well, I came across a wine from New Zealand’s Giunta Vineyards that has all those fun traits in a higher quality presentation. The 2021 Malbec Nouveau ($15.99/bottle) is dominated by brambly fruit, savory aromatics, and hints of smoke. Yet its youthful presentation brings rich blackberries and plum to the forefront, making it approachable for a motley assortment of dishes and dinner guests. If you’d like to share the uniqueness of these particular selections they will make for a fascinating centerpiece, or you can just pour a glass and your Aunts and Uncles will love it.
RoseRock Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ($34.99 / bottle)
For those wanting something more classic for the holiday table, we’ve got selections from a vineyard that fits the bill (with a twist). Classic Burgundian varietals, grown by a Burgundian family, and in the elegant Burgundy style. The only difference here is the vineyard sits on a south-facing ridge in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Try the Drouhin family’s RoseRock Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ($34.99 / bottle) and see why their motto is “French Soul, Oregon Soil”. Both of these selections are classic, approachable, and perfect for a roasted turkey.