Now there’s no need to panic, but Thanksgiving is EIGHT days away. Perhaps a bit of
alarm is alright... heck, I haven’t bought a turkey yet much less began defrosting and brining it. Or the fact that once again we will be packing Mary’s rambunctious family (six children age ranged 1-18 included) as well as my mother into my rather small Victorian Village home. Alright, just typing that made me feel panicked.
Yet, there is no need for you to feel as I, because we’ve got you covered with the perfect wine pairings for your holiday table. Whether you like traditional pairings or are looking for something fabulously different, these wines will surely please the most discriminating palates at buy by the case prices
Argyle 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir- Perhaps most well known for their excellent sparkling wines, Argyle’s entry level Pinot Noir makes a fine argument for their place in the red wine world. A blend of select lots around the Willamette, Argyle’s 2016 Pinot Noir is a representation of the freshness and purity of fruit grown in the valley. Loads of raspberries and black cherry jump from the glass at first whiff, while in the background floral and fall spice notes intertwine. The palate is lively and medium bodied with touches of cinnamon and citrus that make for an incredibly harmonious and silky wine. A pleasant touch of acidity on the finish rounds things out. Quite versatile, this wine will pair with anything on the table and prove to be a crowd pleaser that over delivers on quality versus price. $21.99, 90 Points Wine Spectator, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Domaine de la Prebende 2017 Beaujolais - Beaujolais Nouveau Day is now only one day away and we will have plenty to go around, but for those of you who are interested in a more serious take on the grape that is Gamay Noir, the 2017 Domaine de la Prebende is must. I was instantly struck by the deep ruby purple color and body to this normally restrained varietal. Aromas of black cherry cola, cranberry, and crushed violets instantly come to mind. Medium bodied with good extraction, lively acidity, and supple tannins. The 2017 Prebende is a beautiful marriage of Beaujolais finesse and juicy richness and is a no brainer for the wine drinker who wants some body to their red while still maintaining versatility. Another excellent find by fine wine importer Kermit Lynch and an even better introduction into the region of Beaujolais. $14.99
Carol Shelton’s 2016 Coquille Blanc- This knockout wine is sure to be a sleeper hit at the table. Carol Shelton’s inspiration for the Coquille Blanc comes from the great white wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne, this this rather mysterious white unfolds new layers in each sip. The fruit is sourced from the Nevarez Vineyard in Paso Robles, and boasts complex aromas dried apricot, honeysuckle, and a touch of spicy ginger. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and textured, yet maintains good balance with a light streak of acidity coursing through its veins. The finish is long with a medley of flavors suggesting ripe pear, mango, and marzipan. The richness and body of this wine will stand up to both turkey and honey ham quite nicely and also drinks excellently on it’s own.$24.99, 92 Points Wine Spectator
Carl Ehrhard 2016 Feinherb Kabinett Riesling- It is a sad truth that I rarely find the right time to talk about Riesling, and I believe it is high time the grape experienced a renaissance. Carl Ehrhard’s 2016 Feinherb Kabinett Riesling is a fairly dry take on the varietal, with impeccable acidity striking a chord with the ripe fruit profile. Intense and distinct, the wine shows aromas of tangerine, honeyed apricot, and minerals. Zippy and lively on the palate, the acidity leaves the mouth watering and wanting one more sip. Loads of citrus, stone fruit, and spice flavors to be
found here. A perfectly lovely pairing for the Thanksgiving table, but will also do very well with some spicy Thai next weekend when you don't even want to look at turkey. If you haven’t had a drier Riesling in some time, Carl Ehrhard’s is an excellent gateway to the many iterations of Riesling. $16.99
Thanks to everyone for reading and for your continued support. If you would like to place orders for any of these wines, simply give us a call at 614-486-3406 as that will guarantee availability. The bulk of these are coming in Friday. Have a great holiday season!