Thanksgiving wine list

Well, it's that time of year again when I start pondering the Turkey Day wine list. I am in a convenient position where I "cook" the wine for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Just wondering, what is everyone leaning toward this Thanksgiving?

I usually bring around 12 bottles, one or two of which being for dessert.

Louisiana is a year-round Rose state, and we like to sip on some as we're out frying the turkey! I'm leaning this year in the direction of the following two:

Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Tepranillo-Garnacha Rose 2011

Wirra Wirra Mrs. Wigley Grenache Rose 2012

What are some of your best/most surprising Thanksgiving pairing decisions, or what are you leaning toward this year?

(And nobody say Beajolais Nouveau!)
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Our thanksgiving is not with family but ratHer with friends that we consider family. None of us are americans so we don't have families here. It is always 4 couples and two of the women are currently pregnant leaving only 6 drinkers. We are all basically newbies and this year I am planning a mini mini vertical 07,08, 09 and 10 Sta Lucia Highland Pinot tasting. Idea is to have a bit of a guessing game with my friends to make it kind of educational. Dessert wine will be either a 1997 Suiduirat or 05 Rieussec.
Son-in-law hits his cellar.
Normally Champagne
Pinot
Some Super Tuscans
And later prt or other dessert wine.

I normally don't get a say in the selections.

Other Son in law a bit more low keyed. Bogle Shiraz and some other cabs. No champers, maybe Italian sparkler. [He is a 2nd generation Italian] But a gteat cook & baker
I usually start thinking about it when I go to grab a bottle on Thanksgiving Day. It really depends on who we're having dinner with and whether we're cooking or going out. If it's family, probably some kind of Riesling will be involved and after that who knows.

Usually we stick with American wines. Of course, we do that for Bastille Day too. Just because. But within those parameters, there's no real energy expended on thinking about the wine. We even opened a Pinot Noir once. That would have been around 18 years ago. It was OK.
I don't take anything over about $15 bucks. My family doesn't care, and I'm not spending more than that when a ten dollar bottle will do fine.

Kendall-Jackson basic Chardonnay for one of my sisters, inexpensive PN like Mirassou, Columbia Crest GE merlot and chard, and whatever $10 Cava I find on the shelves.

I love spending Thanksgiving with my family, and drinking something expensive won't add to my happiness on this holiday. If I want something a little tastier, I'll get a good bottle of Belgian beer.
I'm much like GregT (surprise). We have kind of a 'refugee' Thanksgiving every year with lots of friends who don't have family close coming over. They usually bring wine with them and I don't worry about any type of pairing. I do encourage people to bring American wine, it's our holiday after all.

I always do Bordeaux though on the 4th of July.
ive slowly converted my closest family (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc...) into psuedo wine snobs over the last 10 years so we'll be drinking good this turkey day...

'10 Tercero Grenache Blanc
'10 Tercero Viognier
'10 Tercero Mourvedre Rose
'08 Tercero Cuvee Christie
'10 Liquid Farm Rose
'10 Dragonette Rose SYV
'11 Dragonette Sauv Blanc SYV (mag)
'09 Dragonette Syrah

will probably be a couple bottles of each except the mag of Dragonette SB and the LF Rose
We are hosting thanksgiving for the first time in our newish home. Most people in attendance are not that into wine, but that is no reason to punish them and especially myself with average or boring wine! I’ll probably pop a champagne, white from Tablas Creek, CA pinot and maybe a nice Beaujolais. Really looking forward to a couple of days off to just cook and drink wine after a tough couple of months at work.
Over the years I have gradually given up trying to get the extended family and friends to enjoy Riesling with Thanksgiving dinner. In addition, all old world selections, whether red or white, have met with indifference. The exception is Champagne to go before the meal.

The consensus favorite is Pinot Noir from Oregon, or California as an acceptable alternative. Actually, they will drink whatever is put on the table, but its easy to tell which bottles get drained the quickest.
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Has anybody read Matt Kramer's article in the latest issue of WS? He brings up some excellent points in regards to this topic.


Yep. Echos what I've done for years. My family doesn't care, I don't bring the "good stuff," so I don't stress a bit that they're not appreciating it.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Has anybody read Matt Kramer's article in the latest issue of WS? He brings up some excellent points in regards to this topic.


Yep. Echos what I've done for years. My family doesn't care, I don't bring the "good stuff," so I don't stress a bit that they're not appreciating it.
I have mixed feelings on his article as I would never stress about someone "appreciating" a wine I brought. While I agree it wouldn’t be a smart idea to bring something that is not to everyone’s tastes like a Biondi-Santi BdM to a thanksgiving filled with non-wine geeks, I also wouldn’t just bring some simple wine that I would not enjoy drinking on my own. I think there is a comfortable in between where I get to drink something I like and my family gets to try a wine that they normally wouldn’t spring for or even know about. My sister doesn’t really care all that much, but my dad has really taken a liking to wine since I started brining better wine to family events. He doesn’t have the means to buy wine so he really appreciates what I bring. Should I bring a cheap wine for my sister and a good bottle for me and my dad? That seems crazy to me. So my sister will continue to drink the wine I bring and maybe someday a particular wine will be her epiphany moment. If not, then it’s no difference to me as I buy wine to share with friends and family anyway!
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I have mixed feelings on his article as I would never stress about someone "appreciating" a wine I brought. While I agree it wouldn’t be a smart idea to bring something that is not to everyone’s tastes like a Biondi-Santi BdM to a thanksgiving filled with non-wine geeks, I also wouldn’t just bring some simple wine that I would not enjoy drinking on my own. I think there is a comfortable in between where I get to drink something I like and my family gets to try a wine that they normally wouldn’t spring for or even know about. My sister doesn’t really care all that much, but my dad has really taken a liking to wine since I started brining better wine to family events. He doesn’t have the means to buy wine so he really appreciates what I bring. Should I bring a cheap wine for my sister and a good bottle for me and my dad? That seems crazy to me. So my sister will continue to drink the wine I bring and maybe someday a particular wine will be her epiphany moment. If not, then it’s no difference to me as I buy wine to share with friends and family anyway!


I agree with you here. You know Kramer is most always going to take a "mainstream" or popular idea, then turn it upside down. But, that's the reason I enjoy his articles.

I rarely (pretty much never) open a nice bottle just for myself. Like Kramer said, "Many of us wine geeks are generous people by nature." Why would it be any different during the holidays? I'm not saying that my goal is to fund somebody's "epiphany wine." But at the same time, my cellar is not some static entity. My wine is there to drink. If the byproduct in producing a nice bottle for family & friends is creating another "one of us," great. If they don't care or like it, chalk it up to collateral damage Razz
Many have mentioned Champagne as a good pairing with the meal. We do the traditional turkey, spuds, stuffing, etc. etc. Would you do Blanc de Blancs, Brut, or Blanc de Noir? I though, since Pinot is such a popular red pairing, a rose bubbly might be a nice match.
I will most likely bring a BdB for starters.

Our family is a bunch of foodies and wine and spirits nerds(my cousin's got quite the extensive scotch/bourbon collection), so I bring higher-than-average wine to the events, and it's always been appreciated.

I can't remember if we have ever had mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving! It's always the traditional oyster dressing, spinach madeline, sweet potato casserole, and of course, pecan pie!

Day-after-Thanksgiving is always the best. We have a turkey gumbo cook-off, so what to pair for that one?
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Originally posted by BRR:
Many have mentioned Champagne as a good pairing with the meal. We do the traditional turkey, spuds, stuffing, etc. etc. Would you do Blanc de Blancs, Brut, or Blanc de Noir? I though, since Pinot is such a popular red pairing, a rose bubbly might be a nice match.


It's hard to go wrong with Champagne BRR, but with turkey in particular I've enjoyed either a Rose Champagne or an NV with a good portion of Pinot Noir. Tends to play nicely with some of the sweeter sides as well (yams, cranberries etc....)

PH
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
I can't remember if we have ever had mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving!


Wow...... At least when eating the "traditional" Thanksgiving meal in my family it is an absolute essential. Freshly made turkey gravy to accompany it is a must. I'm not a fan of turkey so much, but a good turkey gravy and mashed potatoes is a flavor memory that makes me smile.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
I can't remember if we have ever had mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving!


Wow...... At least when eating the "traditional" Thanksgiving meal in my family it is an absolute essential. Freshly made turkey gravy to accompany it is a must. I'm not a fan of turkey so much, but a good turkey gravy and mashed potatoes is a flavor memory that makes me smile.

PH


I love turkey gravy, too. And don't get me wrong, I love mashed potatoes, we just don't include them in holiday meals-- too easy!

Don't like turkey, hmm? Ever had cajun-injected fried turkey? And if not that, how bout some Turduckin!
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
I love turkey gravy, too. And don't get me wrong, I love mashed potatoes, we just don't include them in holiday meals-- too easy!

What's wrong with easy???? Easy and tasty is one of my favorite combinations. In more ways than one.... Smile

Don't like turkey, hmm? Ever had cajun-injected fried turkey? And if not that, how bout some Turduckin!

I've deep fried turkey three times and frankly, I do like it a bit better than a baked bird, although I had to make turkey stock separately to have something to make my gravy with. I think some cajun spicing might help. There is just something about the flavor of turkey that doesn't work for me. Personal preference, is all......

Have had turduken and though I respect the concept and the work involved in putting one together, again......doesn't work for me. I'd rather have a good roasted duck all by itself.


PH
I have to agree with Matt Kramer in this instance. If there were anyone in my extended family that I thought would appreciate a fine wine, I'd be more than happy to pull out some of the bigger guns.
However, at Thanksgiving I think the food is supposed to be the real star, and the wine a supporting player.
The best success I've had was pouring a couple bottles of '98 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
I love turkey gravy, too. And don't get me wrong, I love mashed potatoes, we just don't include them in holiday meals-- too easy!

What's wrong with easy???? Easy and tasty is one of my favorite combinations. In more ways than one.... Smile

Don't like turkey, hmm? Ever had cajun-injected fried turkey? And if not that, how bout some Turduckin!

I've deep fried turkey three times and frankly, I do like it a bit better than a baked bird, although I had to make turkey stock separately to have something to make my gravy with. I think some cajun spicing might help. There is just something about the flavor of turkey that doesn't work for me. Personal preference, is all......

Have had turduken and though I respect the concept and the work involved in putting one together, again......doesn't work for me. I'd rather have a good roasted duck all by itself.


PH


I don't know why, but my family just does not get in on the mashed potatoes. I have never once seen a family member of mine make or serve mashed potatoes besides me.

I am also not a fan of turduckin. It is totally rediculous.

Brined, injected turkey, however, is a revelation for regular tired old turkey. I do, however, prefer hands-down a smoked duck.
I always smoke our turkey. Normally we have one night of turkey enchiladas that weekend and one night where all the leftovers go away and we have crab.

The turkey gumbo though sounds interesting and Stef was excited to try it using some of our Dungeness crab. Turbodog would be my first choice, but I'd bet a SCM Chardonnay would go well also.
I will be smoking turkeys for all the in-laws this year. It'll be a good test of my commercial fridge conversion. Including ours, I think that'll put the number at six, and that'll probably max it out.
I have noticed that prices seem significantly higher for turkey than in previous years. Could be effects from the drought?

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