Not sure yet what I'll do, but I usually put together a mixed case of this an that. Borsao's Tres Picos is almost always in my mixed case. It's become a running tradition of myself and my father now for the past few years to give it a try on Thanksgiving. One of my favorite QPR Turkey wines. I'll probably have a few gems hidden behind the cookbooks for some of us "winos" as well. What are others planning?
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I already had my thanksgiving on Saturday Night because I'm flying on TG day. We had a big party at the house (I live in Rome) and really paid no heed to traditional ideas of wine matching with TG dinner.

We had a giacosa barolo, a fontanafredda barbaresco, a petit verdot, brunello di montalcino and the worst Bordeaux in history.

Was great fun and if you wanna see a photo.... its here! Italian Wine Blog

Hope everyone enjoys their real thanksgiving
Originally posted by Roentgen Ray:
Fresh squeezed OJ, I'm working.

Bummer, Ray. I've been there. Hope you make the most of it.

Sarah, I checked out the blog. Looks like a blast, and BTW, I had an equally appalling experience with that same French wine a while back, different vintage.

My T-giving dinner will include six wine drinkers, so here's what I'm toting out to Nebraska from Indiana, all 2001s or 2004s:

2001 Freiherr Heyl zu Herrnsheim Rotschiefer Riesling Spätlese Trocken "Red Slate" A nice cheap riesling I bought recently that drinks like a rock star. I'll open this before dinner, to go with pre-meal appys.

2004 Beringer Alluvium Blanc. Will hopefully wean one of my sisters off the crappy KJ Chard she drinks.
2004 Domaine Des Amouriers Vacqueyras Les Genestes. A wine I tried earlier this year that made me instantly think thanksgiving.
2001 Neal Family Cab. Mmmmmm.
2001 Meerlust Rubicon, one of my favorite QPRs. This'll be my "extra" wine, in case we run out of the others.

2001 Ch. Lamothe Guignard Sauternes, for Thanksgiving eve.
I'm standing up a number of wines and will decide last minute. One thing for sure- unlike drab I won't be saving the best wines for a select few. I'll be sharing them with everybody. Maybe some of the uninitiated will have eye-opening experiences. If you reserve some wines for a few people, the others will know. That's not what Thanksgiving is about (at least in our home).
That's not what Thanksgiving is about (at least in our home).

I'm not worried about doing my fair share on Thanksgiving. I'm doing all the cooking this year, which also includes all the BUYING. An organic and heritage bird, and a Flannery 50 day Prime rib should be nice treats for everyone. And, for the few who mostly enjoy a glass of wine to hold in their hand (and not drink) they'll be getting swill like Borsao Tres Picos, and Merryvale Hyde Vin. Chardonnay. I know where to put my money. Most of my family loves food, and not alcohol. Even you wouldn't open a bottle of Grand Cru Burgundy for 25 non-wino's.

Thanks for thinking of me though. It's nice to see the Grinch is in a caring mood, and concerned that we all share in the Thanksgiving spirit!
Just 5 or 6 drinkers in the group that will gather at my daughter's house, and 3 of us prefer red with turkey, so here's what I pulled from the cellar yesterday:

2004 Schramsberg Brut Rose
2004 Clos Pepe Vineyards Chardonnay
1992 Elderton Command Shiraz
1992 Silver Oak Alexander Cabernet
I'll be having dinner at my folks' place in Central WA, so I'll be only one of several providing wine. However, my contributions will be:

2003 Domaine Drouhin Willamatte Valley Pinot Noir (magnum)
2000 E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape
1999 Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist's Series Meritage

I can't wait for Turkey Day!
I am on the fence between Cabs vs. Pinot, so will probably open some of both. For Cabs, probably a '97 or '99 Montelena, or maybe '99 Dalla Valle -- anyone tried '99s recently to see how they are showing? My last bottle of the Dalla Valle was incredible when I had it two years ago.

For pinots, definitely Sea Smoke (a family favorite) and some Oregon Pinot. Might have to try a bottle of the 2005 Penner Ash Shea, as my shipment from PA just arrived last week (I think it is a sign).

Happy holidays to all!
I am on the fence between Cabs vs. Pinot

I'm in the same boat. I'm contemplating some Windy Oaks Pinots or some Dunn Cab. I've been wanting to check back in on the '99 Dunn's. They were surprisingly approachable on release. Not sure where they're at now. Anyone else have any of these recently?
Actually, we are having a small gathering, only 7 who drink wine (even I don't let the 3 y.o. have wine) including my mother in law who only likes "sweeter" wines.

I'm leaning toward:

1998 H. Billiot Champagne Brut
2005 Thirty Bench Riesling Small Lot Triangle Vineyard
2002 Radio-Coteau Zinfandel Von Weidlich
2002 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Hickinbotham
Originally posted by Markiemark:
Martinelli Blue Slide PN

I had thought of that, but it would be wasted on them. It's bad enough that they will probably not appreciate the Clarendon Hills Grenache, but Jake and I will so I'm opening one and not telling them.
We're bringing the following to my in-laws for the weekend. I think it's fair to say that the crowd has a mixed level of interest in wine. I prefer to bring American wines for Thanksgiving.

2005 Conundrum (usually a favorite of the group)
2004 Joel Gott Dillion Ranch Zinfandel
2002 Oakville Ranch Field Blend
2004 Frog's Leap Zinfandel

I'm thinking of subbing a 2003 Phelps Mistral for one of the Zins. Any thoughts?

On Friday, we are having spaghetti and meatballs with:

2001 Torrione Petrolo
2000 Carlo Hauner Rosso Antorello

On Saturday, with Chicken Florentine:

2003 Sciopetto Blanc des Rosis Venzia-Giula
2005 Bruno giacosa Roero Arneis.

Any kibbitzing is welcome.

Have a happy Thanksgiving,

Originally posted by dinwiddie:
Originally posted by Markiemark:
Martinelli Blue Slide PN

I had thought of that, but it would be wasted on them. It's bad enough that they will probably not appreciate the Clarendon Hills Grenache, but Jake and I will so I'm opening one and not telling them.

It's an immediate family dinner with only two wine drinkers so it won't be wasted on me. Big Grin
I have a magnum of 1991 Dominus that I am contemplating opening for TG dinner. I know it won't be a great match with turkey which is why I am not sure if I am going to pull the cork on it. We'll see. Alternatives include the 2005 Frank family zinfandel that GV went so gaga about. I know for sure that a Krug rose will be consumed too.
Domestic (Argyle) sparkler

Alsatian white, which will be ignored in favor of an oaky Chard an in-law is sure to bring.

A California PN, accompanied by the fruit bomb CA Pinot Noir or two expected from unofficial in-law FKA "boyfriend". (years if experience lends predictability)

A better Oregon PN if anyone seems to be paying attention to the wine. A WA Syrah if they are just going for the gusto.

Tawney Port

Big family gatherings are not conducive to sipping and contemplating,

Here is one take on wines that go with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Turky meal wines
Think I will be going with:

Franck Bonville Brut Selection Blanc de Blancs Champagne
2005 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot
2002 Brown Estate Cab
2002 Yoakim Bridge Zin

And maybe something fun I picked up in Argentina earlier this year like a 01 Yacochuya Cafayate Malbec.

From my experiences so far, the '05 OR Pinots need to lay down a bit, IMO. I've had a bottle of the '05 Shea Shea Vyd. and it was tight and pretty closed. I'd consider opening something else. Then again, if you've got a case of the wine, you can use it as a barometer for the rest of the bottles.
Neil K., I dig your style - including your originals AND your substitutions.

Baja, I think you're right on; I had a '99 Felsina CC RR last year, and it was fantastic with the smoked turkey.

My invitation for Thanksgiving, for which I was going to bring a bottle of '04 Kosta Browne Kanzler, just evaporated, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. If I don't go anywhere to be with friends, I won't open anything too nice - those are meant to be shared.
I think we have settled on a line-up:

Start with a Cava
For the white - 2005 b Core and 2003 Sanford Chardonnay

2005 Radio-Coteau Alberigi
2004 L'Aventure Optimus
2004 or 2005 Core Grenache and
2004 Carsisle Zin Sonoma
2004 Garretson Aisling Syrah

and a 2004 Recanti Merlot for a guest who only drinks kosher wine
As of now there will only be 3 of us, with me being the wine appreciator and the other two wine drinkers.

2005 treana mersoleil marsanne/rousanne
2006 deloach pinot noir russian river

I'm thinking about adding some champagne to start and sauternes to finish, but we'll see. If I do, I'll most likely get a gloria ferrer champagne and whatever sticky I can find at a decent price.
Our Thanksgiving will be on Thursday and Friday this year due to family schedules.

We will be sharing wines to both the enthusiast and the anything will suffice group. That said, I still insist we only pour well made wines in our home.

We will offer the following... A Brut and Rose Champagne, a Cali Chard and White Burg, an Oregon Pinot and Red Burg, wines from both Alsace and Germany, and a Cali cab/meritage and Bordeaux. Hopefully something for everyone. Smile

I need to get busy!
2004 Neely Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay
2003 Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese ***
2002 Martinelli 7 Mules Pinot Noir
2002 Martinelli Jackass Zinfandel
2003 Alvear Pedro Jimenez de Añada

Everybody gets to try all of them. I want to honor my guests, not alienate them. This would be the case even if I were opening First Growths.
Was going to include 02 Volnay (Boillot), but had one last night and decided to let the rest keep for another two years.
Champagne - Perrier Jouet Grand Brut
Chard and SB for the in-laws; Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells and Chateau St Jean (05 going fast)and Pouilly that I need to get rid of
99 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots (Noellat)
01 Saintsbury PN Reserve
00 Chimney Rock Reserve and 01 CR
End with 88 Vin Santo (Boscarelli) bought in September at the winery

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