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Thanksgiving 2011 - What are you pouring?

In years past, I've enjoyed seeing the thoughts of others concerning their wine (and other drink) choices for the holidays. The 2009 Cru Beaujolais provided a pretty reasonably priced "wow" for us to share last year both on the Thanksgiving table and as hostess gifts for the holidays. With only a single bottle of the LaPierre Morgon left, however, I am looking for something different to play with now. Though, I have not had any of the 2010s yet.

Given the availability of high quality craft beers and ciders, I intend to have a few of those to offer, along with some well aged local apple brandy to help digestion later. Nonetheless, it's hard to fully indulge in the food dorks' high holy day without some good grape. So, anyone care to share your intentions?

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  1. Cru de Beaujolais -- I've got some 2008s and plenty of 2009s left -- for the red. Probably some Alsatian Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer for the white.

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    1. re: zin1953

      Have you tasted any of the 2010s yet?

      1. re: MGZ

        A few, but I prefer the top crus with a bit more age on them -- a light St.-Amour or Réginé, and I'd have them within 12 months, but the fuller-bodied wines from the appellations like Morgon, Moulin-à--Vent, Côte de Brouilly, and I generally prefer them at 2-3 years of age.

    2. Schramsburg reserve 2000 sparkling, Uvaggio dry moscato, Sycamore Creek cab franc and an apple dessert wine Pommeau from Bonny doon

      1. I'm going organic this year - Heller Estate 2009 Chenin Blanc, 2009 Late Harvest Riesling, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 Merlot Rose for the elders.

        We'll also open a bottle of Schramsberg if anyone wants it.

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        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          Silverpoint Cellars Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast 2009). A lush, multi-layered Chard from a boutique producer. Rich fruit balanced with pronounced acidity. Hard to find but worth it.

        2. NV Billiot Rose, then Calera Pinot Selleck Vineyard don't know the vintage yet.

          1. I have a 2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia sitting in my cellar. I have never had this wine and have heard that people love it or hate it. Anyone have any thoughts on how this wine would work with turkey? Too weird?

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            1. re: omotosando

              Are you sure this is a "rosado" (ie, rose)? I don't think they make a rose in a gran reserva format...I have had the red Vina Tondonia from 2000 and it's excellent...if you like traditional Rioja (in other words, it is not grapey, jammy, "full throttle" Robert Parker-type blowsy wine...) It would go nicely with turkey (I have had many Riojas on Thanksgiving and they always work well.

              1. re: penthouse pup

                Definitely rose. I've heard it described as tasting like sherry, which is what is giving me pause. But I may do it, along with Cava, for a Spanish "theme."

                1. re: omotosando

                  No, it doesn't taste at all like Sherry. Enjoy!

                  1. re: omotosando

                    Not like Sherry at all . . . enjoy!

                    1. re: zin1953

                      Interesting! I enjoy the regular rosado but never knew they took it up to this scale (and have never seen it in the NYC area.)

                      1. re: penthouse pup

                        It's on sale at Union Square Wines for $22.99, which is the second lowest price in the U.S. (lowest price is in Westchester Wine Warehouse in White Plains).


                        1. re: omotosando

                          Thanks, Omotosando--that price point is amazing given that the regular rosado goes for the same cost at Astor in NYC...I will definitely stop by and get a bottle.

                2. For what it's worth, here's a link to the NY Times Thanksgiving wines article. A Hungarian red and a Lambrusco were the most novel offerings suggested.


                  1. Whatever Dad has.... probably from a box in the fridge. But, it will taste good, because it's at Mom and Dad's house.

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                    1. Some Champagne - most likely a NV Veuve Clicquot

                      Debating on which of these Pinot Noir/Burgundy to pour:

                      2003 Domaine Serene, Mark Bradford
                      2004 Elk Cove Vineyards, Roosevelt Vineyard
                      2001 Robert Chevillon NSG, 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
                      2003 Nicolas Potel Volnay, Vielles Vignes (I am partial to Volnays)

                      1. For (w/) dessert I'll be having Dogfish Head Brewing Co.'s "Fort" Raspberry fruit beer. At 18% abv it drinks like a port or sweet sherry. Also pairs very well with chocolate cakes and other desserts. Happy Holidays.

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                        1. re: Chinon00

                          Dogfish Head!!! What a wonderful brewery, and the owner is a big, big supporter of several of our Phoenix charities. Glad to hear that!


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Dogfish has the best 90 min IPA I have ever tasted

                        2. OK, going to do lunch at M-I-L's assisted living home, so there will likely be no wines.

                          Still, when we get home, we'll likely do bubbles, and then maybe a PN, but the dining will be over, by then. As we fly out at 6:00AM the next day, the wine intake will be light.


                          1. Pre-Dinner - Local Apple Whiskey (keeping with the T-day theme)

                            Dinner I like to have variety:
                            -Nickel & Nickel 2007 Cab
                            -Far Niente 2008 Chard
                            -Where's the Sud's? Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout

                            Desert- 1992 Far Niente Dolce

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                            1. re: Fungiphile

                              Just curious, what's the "Local Apple Whiskey?"

                              1. re: MGZ

                                Depends, who's asking? =)

                                Actually, its a Apple liqueur aged in bourbon barrels, not a whiskey at all...its like crack, one sip is never enough..


                                1. re: Fungiphile

                                  Cool stuff. I know the Doc's Draft ciders pretty well, as my wife has really enjoyed the pear. I will have to keep my eyes open for their spirits.

                            2. Buckets of Domaine Tempier rose! (Courtesy of a guest.)

                              1. Doing a 21 day dry aged ribeye roast this year (no one amongst my family and in-laws cares for turkey), so need to bust out something with a little age to it as well. Leaning towards a '96 Ch Duhart Milon right now.

                                And bubbles, of course. Got a deal recently on a case of Billecart Salmon rose.

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                                1. re: Eugene Park

                                  Case of Billecart Salmon Rose? Can I stop by?

                                  Have fun!

                                2. 2008 Oddero Barbera D'Alba

                                  1. Red - 2009 Thivin Brouilly
                                    White - 2010 Dunnhoff Estate Riesling
                                    Non-Wine - Dupont Cuvee Colette Cidre
                                    Port - 1994 Barros Colheita

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                                    1. Ten Spoon Range Rider Red (2009) - A Beaujolais style wine made with organic Montana grapes. I dig it.

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                                          1. re: Jeebs

                                            There is no information on Range Rider Red available on their website . . . and the label on the site is 2006.

                                            So, it seems rather odd. What grapes was this wine produced from? Hybrids (like some of their wines)? Which ones?


                                            1. re: zin1953

                                              RR is a blend of cold-hardy hybrids Marechal Foch, Frontenac, St. Croix and Leon Millet grown in Missoula. The percentages vary each year, but I believe the 2009 was in that respective order. Some of the grapes undergo carbonic maceration, so the result is a fruity, low-tannic, light-bodied wine similar to Beaujolais. It's rougher and has more body than a true Beaujolais, but for grapes grown in Montana it's surprisingly good. I usually drink it chilled with lunch, pizza, or burgers, but it was also a good match with a local Hutterite turkey.

                                              As far as I know it's one of only a few wines made entirely with Montana grown grapes, so if I'm having a locally produced meal it's my go-to wine (or Ten Spoon's St. Pepin for white). Most of their MT grapes get blended with those from WA, OR or CA, or they go into their fruit wines. According to wikipedia Montana accounts for 0.002% of our country's wine production, but at least we have something.