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Nov 5, 2011 05:08 AM

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.