What wines are the experts drinking at Thanksgiving?
BY: EDUARDO DINGLER, WINE AND SAKE WRITER
Following our annual Thanksgiving tradition we’ll host a number of friends throughout the day with a bounty of favourite dishes. Our only rule is that guests are not allowed to bring wine – instead we let them choose some wines from our cellar.
Being that said, I have a couple of wines that will be certainly enjoyed this Thanksgiving, including Wilson Foreigner’s Valdiguié from Napa Valley, and Raen 2013 Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast.
I will probably serve Monticelli’s Bussia Riserva Barolo 2012 alongside a proper dose of Napa Valley Cabernet and some older Bordeaux. No doubt this holiday is one of my favourites for combining friends, family, food and wine, and so we are aiming for 20+ guests this year.
Eduardo’s top picks for drinking this Thanksgiving:
Wilson Foreigner, Napa Valley, Valdiguié, California, 2017
The historical Rancho Chimiles vineyards that gave birth to this shining Valdiguie are located in the eastern part of Napa Valley. A few decades old, the plantings are fully mature and tell a story of this expressive grape. This wine is produced with 30% whole-cluster fruit and wild yeasts, with minimal intervention. The result is a vibrant and fun holiday wine with notes of freshly picked violets that dominate the nose, alongside a hint of green herbs. The first sip is a mouthwatering festival of tart cherry and mint characterised by lively acidity. This is an ideal wine to enjoy with turkey stuffing and a slice of buttered turkey breast with a spoonful of cranberry sauce.