For Thanksgiving this year, we are suggesting Old World style of wines. Old World style, in simple terms, means wines from Europe that are not high in alcohol, and not with an abundance of super ripe fruit flavors, due to cooler climate. For more information on Old World versus New World styles of wine, here is our blog post from October 22, 2019.
At our Saturday November 21st, 2020, tasting, City Vino will feature four wines recommended for enjoyment at your Thanksgiving table. One wine is from Germany, and three are from France. These are wines that will pair beautifully with turkey, but more important, will pair across the multitude of side dishes that make for a fabulous holiday feast.
The first featured wine is the Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017, from the Pfalz region in Germany. Pinot Noir, known as Spätburgunder, tends to make wines that are lower in tannin than many other reds, making them more appealing to a wide variety of palates, even those who generally prefer white wines. This wine is medium-bodied, and has aromas and flavors of black cherries, along with some baking spice, and a hint of smokiness. There are no flavors of oak-barrel aging on this wine, as half was aged in old used barrels and the other half in stainless steel, before blending together.
Our second red wine choice for Thanksgiving is the Boutinot Wines Uva Non Grata Gamay 2019, from France. This wine is made from 100 percent Gamay, which is the grape notably used to make Beaujolais Nouveau each year, to celebrate the end of harvest, and wines from the Beaujolais region. This wine has prominent primary fruit aromas and soft flavors of berries.
One of our white wine suggestions is the Domaine Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuissé Burgundy France 2019. 100 percent Chardonnay. The wine is nicely aromatic, serving up scents of ripe pear, yellow apple, and a hint of fresh peach with accents of toasted hazelnut and grilled fruit. There’s a nice heft on the palate with generous flavors of orchard and stone fruit, a bit of lime zest, a touch of grilled pineapple, and a nice pop of lemon and salty stone on the mouthwatering finish. Ripe and round enough for any fan of un-oaked Chardonnay, but with the precision and stoniness only fine white Burgundy can deliver. Delicious and outstanding value.
Our last wine suggestion is from the Alsace region in France and is the Michel Fonne Pinot Blanc 2017. The wine is 100 percent Pinot Blanc, and features aromas of white peach, apple, and pear, along with a whiff of orange blossom. It has flavors of ripe citrus fruit and pear, with some earthiness, along with hints of honeysuckle and chalk.
However big or small your Thanksgiving dinner is this year, enjoy it in good health, good cheer and with good wine. From City Vino to you, cheers!