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What are You Pouring for Thanksgiving 2010?

I haven't made my selections yet and was wondering what yours are?

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  1. I know this doesn't get very good press on the wine board, but I have a strong emotional attachment to Beaujolis Nouveau. I buy a few bottles and keep them at my end of the thanksgiving table. A few guests join me, most don't, but it's MY thing. I will get some Cru this year, on the recommendations from some on the wine board. I found a simple red table wine from Sicily called Collosi Rosso. Hearty with some fruit and easy on the palate. I found a white pino grigio to my liking called Alto Adige. It speaks softly but has body and subtle flavor. You can tell I'm not a sophisticated drinker, but there's room for all of us on this board. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and let's be truly thankful to celebrate in this crazy world.

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    1. re: catspercapita

      I am *not* a huge fan of Beaujolais Nouveau, but I **always** serve Cru de Beaujolais at Thanksgiving . . . a great match, IMHO.

      1. re: zin1953

        I was disappointed with the Cru de Beaujolais that I had last year. I'm sorry in that I don't remember which one it was. Any specific recs?

        1. re: JAB

          I don't know what part of Los Angeles you're in, but if you're near Long Beach then The Wine Country in Signal Hill has several good Cru Beaujolais.
          Topping the list will be Lapierre's 2009 Morgon. I bet JBL will agree with that, especially at $23 a bottle. Lapierre's budget gamay, the Raisins Gaulois, is $13 a bottle and tasty, although not as serious as the Morgon (it's not a Cru, either).
          The 2008 Thivin Brouilly is also a good wine. I suspect just about all of them will be tasty, since it's two good vintages. Also consider the 2009 Beaujolais rose.

          Also consider pinot noir for turkey, Again, looking at The Wine Country's Web site, I like Copain 2007 "Tous Ensemble" Pinot Noir Anderson Valley for $28 and Talley 2007 Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande for $30.

          1. re: SteveTimko

            Thanks Steve, Hi Times in Costa Mesa is usually my go to wine merchant.

          2. re: JAB

            a) Vintages matter.
            b) Producers matter.
            c) New vintages of Crus de Beaujolais is often too young for immediate consumption.

            I still have some 2005 Brouilly that's stunning, but -- yes -- the 2009 Lapierre's Morgon is exceptional.

            1. re: zin1953

              It was a new vintage that i had last Thanksgiving. Thanks for seconding Steve's 2009 Lapierre's Morgon rec.

              1. re: zin1953

                My interest stirred by the comments here, I ordered a couple bottles of Lapierre's 2009 Morgon. It didn't arrive until friday and, frankly (selfishly), I'm glad. I truly enjoyed its exuberant charm with my day after sandwich. Nice wine, nice call . . . thanks!

            2. re: zin1953

              I'm also going with the cru Beaujolais this Thanksgiving, definitely including the 2009 Lapierre Morgon (with sulfites - wish I could find a bottle in the Boston area without sulfites to try). I like this wine very much, but am also looking forward to a few from the more minerally side of Beaujolais street. Thus, the lineup also includes:

              2009 Domaine des Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) Morgon
              2009 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre Chermette) Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Traditionnelle
              2009 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Vielles Vignes (hopefully - if it arrives in time!)

              Also serving R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva-2002. Not sure about still whites yet, but I'll probably pop at least one bottle of Gosset Brut Excellence.

            3. re: catspercapita

              Alto Adige is where the PG is from. ;)

              I'm not drinking this Thanksgiving. Only four months to go...

            4. We're having two turkey days! So, a Reininger carmenere, and a really nice, old French mourvedre.

              1. Caymus and Shafer Cabernet............

                1. 2001 Domaine Valette Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Reyssie

                      1. re: catspercapita

                        When considering what's typically served at Thanksgiving like cranberry sauce and yams along with stuffing and obviously turkey a beverage that is fruity enough to compete with sweeter things on one hand and dryer and breadier things on the other is a good choice. Plus apples say fall.

                        1. re: Chinon00

                          Yep. And the bubbles work with the fatty stuff. Not too boozy so no one gets too, um, loose. Lots of good ones being made these days in a lot of places.

                    1. champers, brut and rose; probably some beaujolais, a Lillet on the rocks at some point. perhaps some calvados as a digestif...

                      1. Chose the 2008 Thivin Brouilly and the Ferreirra 20 Year Tawny Port.

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                        1. re: JAB

                          Even though these were both 2nd choices, I was very happy with both.

                        2. I have a 1998 Jarvis Estate Chardonnay that I bought back in grad school. I went broke to buy it and I've had it in the portable cellar forever, too afraid to drink it. I might open it finally.

                          I totally agree with the B.N.s as well. Great choice at Thanksgiving:-)

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                          1. re: dnadoc

                            You should drink that sooner than later. It very well may be past its prime already.

                            1. re: invinotheresverde

                              Yeah, I realize that. I'm a bit worried about it too. Wish it luck with me:-)

                                1. re: invinotheresverde

                                  It was actually quite nice. Firm bouquet, good color. It was impressive all in all:-)

                                  1. re: dnadoc

                                    Glad you caught it in the nick of time. ;)

                          2. I have nothing against French or other imported wines, but Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday (yeah, Canada, I know you have one too, but it's not the same). I always go for an American wine, just to stay in the spirit of the holiday. Zinfandel, Chardonnay, whatever--as long as its made in the USA.

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                            1. re: Joltingjoey

                              By the same reasoning, shouldn't you be breaking out the Catawaba, Niagara, Norton, Concord and Scuppernong instead of wines made from un-American vinifera grapes?

                              1. re: carswell

                                Point taken, Carswell. But drinkability factors into it . The Pilgrims came over from Europe, so a little European rootstock is ok.

                                1. re: Joltingjoey

                                  even though most European wines are grown on American rootstock?

                            2. for appetizer: A very nice Touraine white sparkling, in brut and demi-sec, as we have guests who like both

                              Main meal: starting with a 2007 Cotes du Rhone...and who knows where we're going from there?

                              Digestif: A simply gorgeous thyme liqueur made in Provence called Farigoule

                              (note that none of these are imports for me...the American stuff that's imported here is crazy expensive and not so grate, akshully)

                              1. I'm making mulled wine out of a Beaujolais-Villages to have with roasted chestnuts for hors-d'oeuvres.

                                With the meal I'm excited to try out another suggestion from my thread on Italian wine, the 2006 "Perticaia" Montefalco Rosso. We'll also be pouring a 2009 "Weingut Joh. Haart" Piesporter Treppchen Riesling for those wanting something lighter.

                                1. I picked a bottle of Dogfish Head Fort for after dinner. It's an
                                  18% abv fruit beer; which is a great alternative for port. Powerful raspberry and deep malty flavors.

                                  1. Hosting a small gathering for the first time ever, shared a 2005 Donum Estate Grown Carneros Pinot Noir with my dear soon to be 89 year old father in law. Went well with the traditional fare and especially with his home made ravioli.

                                    1. No one in my family likes roast turkey (except a few who can tolerate it in a sandwich). Our traditional T-Day meal has been prime rib, mashed potatoes, haricots vert, sauteed mushrooms and brussels sprouts. I decanted a couple bottles of '04 Grgich Hills cab. Not much conversation took place for the first 15 minutes or so of the meal......... :-)

                                      1. Milziade Antano Grechetto 09
                                        Texier CdR Brézème 07
                                        Clerico Barolo Percristina 99
                                        Foreau Vouvray Moelleux 95

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                                        1. re: mengathon

                                          2006 August West "Graham Vineyard" Pinot Noir
                                          2006 Loring "Durrell Vineyard" Pinot Noir
                                          2007 Scherrer Zin (Old & Mature Vines)