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Thanksgiving Wines

November 2018

It’s Thanksgiving time for sure. Here in Oregon harvest is over, the leaves have turned and it’s time to enjoy the rich flavors of the holidays.

Thanksgiving is tough — from the rich, savory flavors of turkey and gravy to the acid and sweetness of cranberry and sweet potatoes. You want to drink some great wine, but stuff too far off the beaten path may not work for everyone.

There’s lots of advice out there on the perfect Thanksgiving wine – and here’s my take: I prefer lighter, livelier wines that open up the palate rather than overwhelm it. The wines need to be versatile, able to work with all those Thanksgiving flavors.

This month, we’re featuring some wines that you might expect and some you might not. You’ve probably heard that Pinot Noir is perfect with turkey, but we prefer the fruitier Gamay Noir and our first red is just that from one of our club favorites, Vincent Winemaking. For our second red, we decided to go a little spicier and are featuring a Cabernet Franc Pinot Noir blend from Portland’s Loop de Loop Wines.

This may come as a surprise, but we are featuring a Rosé as our first white. We think Rosé is the perfect Thanksgiving wine and this one from Martin Woods is exceptionally complex—sure to satisfy all the folks at your table! We’re also featuring a traditional Thanksgiving white wine, Chardonnay, done in a nontraditional style from our friends at Twill Cellars.

So many wines to choose from, but we think these four are pretty spectacular and hope that you’ll enjoy them with your family and friends this holiday!