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Clark: Hugel 2012 Gewurztraminer Alsace France
This is a beautiful wine in the glass with intense, young and lively hints of pale green and straw yellow. Big legs are clear and unctuous indicating full body. Aromas are soft and floral with fruit notes of mango, litchi and passion fruit. Spice is what makes this wine one of my Thanksgiving favorites. I find cardamom, saffron and liquorice stick. It is dry on the palate, but round, soft, nicely harmonious and mouth-filling, with a long, rich agreeably aromatic finish. This is a perfect food wine that matches up with spicy Chinese or Moroccan dishes, lobster, turkey, veal and pork.
Henrik: Malene 2016 Central Coast California Rosé
This wine reminds me of the style of rosé I’ve enjoyed so many times in Provence. It’s mouth-filling and crisp, yet complex. The Grenache supplies the backbone with plenty of honeydew melon and strawberry aromatics, as well as a delicious creamy texture on the palate. Vermentino lifts the fragrance of the wine, adding notes of white flowers and lychee. Cinsault is exuberant and fresh with a fruity character similar to Grenache. The Mourvedre is very savory and imparts a slightly herbaceous character, intermingled with a flinty minerality, and fleshes out the texture and length on the palate.With plenty of fruit intensity and a clean, long acid driven finish, this wine will pair well with cuisine ranging from fresh oysters, delicate seafood, and hearty pasta dishes.
Chris K: Resonance Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Oregon 2015
93 points, Wine Spectator. Crafted in Oregon's famous Yamhill-Carlton AVA by Jacques Lardeiere (Louis Jadot) this dry-farmed Pinot Noir showcases old world Burgundian characteristics throughout the wine. Balanced tannins, ruby color and subtle minerality make this the perfect red to enjoy with Thanksgiving food. Enjoy now or lay this bottle down to enjoy for up to 10 years!
Maggie: Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Blend 2014
65% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 14% Carignane, 4% Grenache. What more can I say about this wine that hasn’t already been said? Named Fortune magazine's top winter red wine of the year, and constant praises from Wine Spectator, you should probably take this bottle home. This Zinfandel blend completely changed my perspective of Zinfandel. This is serious, age worthy, complex, and yet approachable. This will warm you on the chilliest winter days, and is very versatile with food pairings. From olive tapenade to braised short ribs, this is the wine for you. See what Zinfandel expresses when given love and TLC. It’s a game changer!
Roberto: La Cana 2014 Rias Baixas Albarino
This wine is a riper style of Albarino. On the palate, it's gentle and peachy with some lingering mineral and rock notes that add complexity and exemplify classic Rías Baixas character. The finish shows peach, yellow apple, and even some tropical fruits.
David: Fulcrum Anderson Valley 2016 Dry Gewurztraminer
92 points, Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast. This medium-bodied, full-flavored wine is a great example of the dry-style wines from Anderson Valley. It starts with a rose-like perfume, then floods the palate with Anjou pear and white peach. It feels rich and creamy, but also has good acidity and a tasty lingering finish. This wine is perfect with Thanksgiving favorites ranging from sage dressing to pumpkin pie
Aaron: Lightning CDP Blanc 2015
This is the quintessential Rhone Valley white, with California fruit. It is a blend of Grenache Gris, Picpoul, and Marsanne. This is one of the most interesting wines I’ve tried in a while! It is quite the juxtaposition: it has steely minerality, but a rounded mouthfeel. It has tropical fruit notes, but is not super fruity and cloying. The acidity and finish stick around longer than those distant cousins that just showed up unannounced. The finish just keeps going, kind of like the Energizer Bunny! This is the wine that will pair with nearly every dish during the holidays
Mel: Winnings Riesling 2015 Von Winning Palz Germany
This will always be teasingly dry and teasingly sweet so you’ll keep changing your mind ("Wait, it's a dry wine, no, it's a sweet wine, no wait, it's a dry wine again….") while the bottle empties faster than you could have imagined.
Devin: Calera Central Coast Viognier 2016
For holiday faire I like to venture off the beaten path to Chardonnay and look to Viognier. This pale straw offering from Calera Winery, whose vineyards rest on the slopes of Mt. Harlan in Monterey California, is outstanding! On the nose you get a mild hint of ginger and notes of tangerine. On the palate this wine is very nicely balanced between structured fruit flavors, body, and gentle acidity. There are flavors hinting of mild minerality, white peach and tangerine with lighter notes of lime and honeyed almonds. The finish is dry, layered and lengthy – pairs incredibly well with roast turkey and the inevitable turkey sandwiches that follow.
Austin: Tin Cup Colorado Whiskey
Tin Cup is a blend of two great American whiskeys, each aged in #3 charred oak barrels. High rye bourbon, distilled and aged in Indiana, is blended with a small amount of Colorado single malt whiskey. These whiskeys are then cut with Rocky Mountain water. Tin Cup is named for the Colorado mining pioneers and the tin cups from which they drank their whiskey.
Josh: Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old Single Malt
92 points, Wine Enthusiast; Three Stars (recommended), Spirit Journal. There are hints of sweet peat in the nose followed by rich, round, smoky flavors in the finish. When chilled, pairs extremely well with desserts.
Dylan: Rock Town Apple Pie 100 proof
When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of dessert, and when I think of dessert, I think of apple pie. Rock Town is Arkansas’ only (legal) distillery, and we’re proud of them! This moonshine will fill you up, and sit you down. Everything you love about apple pie in a glass, and all locally sourced, what’s not to be thankful for?
Colin: Cascade Brewing Manhattan NW
750 ml Bottle
“Manhattan NW is a blend of sour quad and blond ales aged in bourbon barrels with sour pie cherries and apricot noyaux. A tribute to the classic Manhattan cocktail, this unique sour beer interpretation features flavors of bourbon, maraschino cherries, bitter almond and rich malt backbone.” – Brewer
Chris M.: Stillwater Artisanal On Fleek Imperial Stout
Stillwater does it again with this monstrous imperial stout know as On Fleek. Notes of dark chocolate, licorice and coffee hit the nose and palate, followed by the booziness of 13% ABV. On Fleek is truly a hefty brew, almost chewable, which plays nicely with the rich malt profile and high alcohol content. You’ll want to slowly sip this imperial stout from a snifter glass alongside a steak, or maybe as a meal in itself.
Josh L.: Brouwerji Huyghe - Delirium Nocturnum
This December, add this beer to your holiday menu. This is a shining star of a Belgian strong dark ale. I think the brewers describe it best, “Initially, a very good mouthfeel of alcohol and softness. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt.” This beer is sure to complement all of your holiday dishes. Happy Holidays!
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