The big question is “Which wine goes with a variety of tastes, textures, flavors, and aromas that uniquely present themselves on Thanksgiving Day.”
From appetizers to white and dark turkey meat, mashed potatoes, yams, herb-filled stuffing or dressing, cranberry relish, pickled this and peppered that, all the way to pumpkin or pecan pie – is there truly a single wine that can take you seamlessly from start to finish?
Enter sparkling wines —an increasingly popular pairing partner and not just for the holidays. Sparkling wines bring both elegance and phenomenal food-pairing versatility to virtually any meal, but for Thanksgiving, these wines really shine. They typically carry a decent dose of acidity, which amps the pairing potential, while adding a festive flair to the table in general. Regional sparkling wine finds are completely capable of handling assorted appetizers, particularly great for fried or salty fare, and make a delicious match with turkey and dressing. The crisp effervescence manages to cut seamlessly through the rich layers found in many daring desserts. Sparkling wine and Champagne can be a one-stop wine wonder on the road to Thanksgiving wine picks.
During the month of November, we will share some of our favorite Sparkling items with you! First up……
|Eden Specialty Cider
Dry Sparkling Cider
Eden Sparkling Dry Cider is made with locally grown apples, including traditional heirloom and cider varieties. 50% of the blend is Kingston Black, a classic British cider variety. Full-flavored, tannic, clean and very dry with a champagne-like mouth feel and bright acidity. It is a wonderful accompaniment to food
Made from Glera grapes sourced from various vineyards in the hilly part of the DOC region, northeast of Conegliano. The palate is comprised of citrus, orange blossoms and stone fruits. Fresh citrus and floral notes linger on the finish. It’s an ideal aperitif and the perfect choice for celebrations large and small.
Cremant d’Alsace Brut
Dominated by the Pinot Blanc varietal, this Cremant Brut allies freshness, structure and subtleness. The Riesling adds definition to the blend where the Pinot Gris gives some creaminess and charm. The bubbles are fine and delicate with regular mousse persistence. Lots of floral on the nose and a fruity lively mouth feel. This sparkler is a classic for every occasion.
Brut Effervescence Method Traditionnelle
Clear and golden in the glass with the slightest hints of copper, this pours with a soft pillowy mousse that drops out fairly quickly and a crisp biscuity nose with lots of crisp white fruit and citrus. The gamay character comes through on the palate, showing the light high-toned red fruit and hints of savory of a proper Cru Beaujolais.
Russian River Valley Rosé Sparkling
Wine Enthusiast: 90 points
The J Vineyards non-vintage Brut Rosé sparkling wine is easily among the finest wines in the genre made in America. It is gorgeous on the nose, exhibiting delicate strawberry fruit aromas, while on the palate the wine is fresh and crisp, showing notes of raspberry and cola.
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé
Along with strawberry and red raspberry fruit suggestions that are enhanced by the wine’s discreet hint of sweetness, there are saline, meaty, and herbal notes to add interest to both the nose and a lush palate, and the hints of salinity and bitterness in the finish make for an invigorating complement to the wine’s prominent fruit.Barefoot Cellars
Prosecco Bubbly NV
Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco is a crisp and inviting Italian sparkling wine. Its vibrant pear, apple and peach flavors dance through delicate bubbles, ending with a zesty lemon finish.
To help you sell more Barefoot Bubbly this holiday seaons, we have Consumer $2 Mail-in-Rebates available. Ask your sales person if you’re interested in a stack to hang on your shelf!Baron de Seillac
Brut Rosé NV
This rose is a great follow through to Baron de Seillac’s Blanc de Blancs’ 1-2 punch proving Laurent Breban makes top notch sparkling wine. 100% Grenache lends a fresh, floral fragrance and a dry palate replete with white cherries, a faint mandarin acidity, and a fine mousse.
Sparkling 25th Anniversary
Conundrum Sparkling is a wine that is drinkable, uncomplicated, elegant and fun with delicate scents of melon and citrus. Crisp flavors of freshly cut fruit come through on the palate, with warm notes of white peach and honeydew layered with a minerality that evokes the clean impression of wet stone. Each sip of this wine lingers in the mouth, with bright lemon and lime and a long, sensuous finish.
The Brut offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse. The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage, is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.La Marca
Here’s a bright, off-dry Prosecco with notions of crunchy apple, pear and lemon zest, and an intriguing saline quality. An almond/marzipan character emerges on the finish.Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Sofia Brut Rosé
Styled after the sparkling Rosés in France, Sofia Brut Rosé offers light effervescence, crisp natural acidity, and a light creamy textureJ Vineyards Russian River Valley
Brut Cuvée 20 NV
Our J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with the crisp, clean allure of toasted almonds and Meyer lemon aromas. Upon entry, you notice a delicate tickle of fresh mousse on the nose and palate. Bright acidity adds to the liveliness, while flavors of lemon and lime zest lead to an Asian pear finish.
Benchlands Pinot Noir 2014
Wine Enthusiast: 88 points
“The wine is a lovely transparent ruby color. The aromas are dominated by ripe red cherries, blueberries, hints of cranberry with overtones of wild mountain meadow herbs and wild flowers. The flavors add raspberries to the cherries, with some orange pith, coffee and mocha. The wine’s mouthfeel is filling and supple. The acidity gives it a nice zing, to compliment a moderately long finish and make this very food friendly.”