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Natalie Owdom
November 7, 2018 | Wine | Natalie Owdom

Italian Wines for Thanksgiving Time

Branch out from your typical go-to wines and pair your Thanksgiving feast with something familiar and delicious - whimsical enough that your dotty Aunt Kathy will appreciate it, but thoughtful enough that anyone who really loves wine will be satisfied. 

RED: The first choice is solid ― possibly brilliant: Our high-acid, low-tannin 2015 Sangiovese; with bright cherry and cranberry flavors over rich spices, our 2015 Sangiovese can do right by almost all the exuberant side dishes a turkey requires.  Our second choice, and Michael Muscardini’s personal pairing selection, is our smooth-textured 2015 Tesoro, our Super-Tuscan style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.  With supple tannins and rich flavors of cherry, cassis, and roasted plum, this versatile crowd-pleasing wine is sure to be a hit at your table. 

WHITE: This can be a puzzler, especially if you’re considering a buttery, oaky Chardonnay.  And the trouble with the "I'll drink what I like no matter what's on the table" approach is that there's just so much on the table ― herbaceous gravy, tangy cranberry sauce, savory dressing.... All of that will kill an oaky Chardonnay, even if it could stand tall with bare turkey.  For this reason, we recommend serving our 2017 Pinot Grigio that your white wine lovers will happily enjoy.  The tangy acidity and dry finish make this wine a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving feast.


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