WHITE WINES

Finding a wine to match the savory Thanksgiving table sage stuffing, smoked game meats, and fruit accompaniments can be a difficult task. Try medium-bodied wines with moderate to high acidity on the palate to satisfy the wine needs of your family and all types of wine drinkers at Friendsgiving.

2019 Girasole Vineyards Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County, California), $ 13.99: “This is the perfect grape for a family that has both Sauvignon Blanc drinkers and Chardonnay drinkers. Aromas of ripe tropical fruit, white peach and citrus blossoms greet your senses. vibrant dry white wine, with a formidable balance of fruit, crunchy acids and the characteristic minerality of Mendocino. ” —Simon, Parker’s table

2020 Kumeu Village Chardonnay (KumeÅ«, New Zealand), $ 19.99: “I call it the best $ 20 bottle of Chablis you can find in New Zealand. This wine is made in a very clean, crisp style, and it’s a real crowd pleaser. As always, it has. a selection of more ripe fruit, in the more tropical spectrum of melon and peach, and retains purity well. The palate holds such an impressive concentration and hits the mark of freshness. This is a very strong output, representing a true value. “-Aaron, the place of wine and cheese

2017 Smith Madrone Spring Mountain Riesling (Napa Valley, California), $ 33.99: “Atypical for the region, this wine really shines from the winery’s dry and steep vineyard. Light, complex and silky on the waxy palate, it offers flavors of green apple, apricot and grapefruit, accompanied by touches of honey and humus. calculation.” —Oriana, Clayton Winehouse

Riesling Ovum blend “Old Love” 2020 (Willamette, Oregon), $ 20: “Old Love is a very versatile white that will pair with almost any dish suitable for white wine. But as the winemaker says, ‘It’s also best enjoyed on the porch with nothing else to do.’ It sounds like a perfect welcome wine. ” –Jason, the wine merchant


A BEAUJOLAIS FOR EACH PRICE

Just because the Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau (November 18) has passed, you can still enjoy the fruits of the region with more traditional wines from the Village Supérieure au Cru du Beaujolais. Try these reds with turkey and ham and be pleasantly surprised to find that it’s also the perfect pairing with grapes for your stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

2020 Château de Jarnioux, Gamay (Beaujolais, France), $ 11: “The semi-carbonic wine-making technique brings vibrant fruit and spices at an unbeatable price. It’s a perfect wine to buy multiple bottles for a bigger party.” —Jason, the wine merchant

2018 Comte de Langeron, Gamay, Côte de Brouilly (Cru du Beaujolais, France), $ 21.99: “The Côte de Brouilly appellation is located on the high slopes and is larger and more ripe than ordinary Brouilly. It has a magnificent nose of rose petals, violets and a touch of black roasted coffee. On the palate, it has a lot of body with a deep and generous core of blueberries and ripe cherries. ” —Aaron, the place of wine and cheese

2020 Marcel Lapierre Morgon (Beaujolais Cru, France), $ 49.99: “It is the most successful Beaujolais. Mathieu Lapierre follows in his famous father’s footsteps to create one of the greatest Beaujolais wines in France. It’s more than delicious, it’s liquid joy! ” —Simon, Parker’s table

Something else to try! 2018 Notre Dame des Pallières “Les Pellegrin,” Grenache Blend (Lirac, France) $ 21.99: “Lirac is located across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, has similar soil and exposure, and ranks among the best values ​​in the Rhône. A blend of mainly Grenache and Syrah, this wine is distinguished by its elegant restraint. The flavors of blackberry and cherry are concentrated yet crunchy, framed by silky tannins and a lingering peppery finish. ” –Oriana, Clayton Winehouse


SPARKLING WINES

The mission of a sommelier each holiday season: To make friends, family and guests understand that bubbles go well with all styles of food and should be enjoyed on any occasion. Try these unique sparklers for Thanksgiving.

2017 Iron Horse “Wedding Cuvée” (Green Valley, Sonoma, California), $ 39.99: “Combining 73 percent Pinot Noir and 27 percent Chardonnay, this lovely sparkling wine tastes of brioche, freshly picked strawberries and blood orange. It’s rich and generous, yet balanced on the palate, ending on refreshing accents of slate and oyster shell. The wine lover. ” —Aaron, the place of wine and cheese

N / V Manicardi “Amabile” Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC (Emilia Romagna, Italy) $ 18.99: “This rose wine is a slightly sweeter version of Lambrusco, adding a lush mouth feel to the same dry red fruit counterpart. Expect deep fruit notes, with berries and plums and a sweet, baked pie flavor. on the sparkling finish. Welcome your guests with this wine, plus a cheese and cold meats board, and another bottle for the main course. It’s a great crowd pleaser! ” —Bourgeon, by Starr

N / V Jean Vesselle “Eye of Perdrix” Bouzy (Champagne, France), $ 65.99: The orange-pink color of this wine made from “eye of partridge” pinot noir was historically the color of most of the champagnes produced in Bouzy in the 19th century. (The singular hue of the wine is like the color of a partridge’s eye.) The pinot noir grapes are macerated briefly to extract the color and then pressed, leaving this wine with expressive notes of pink roses, lavender, wild strawberry and pomegranate. —Aaron, Grape Wines

Arnaud Lambert Chenin Blanc Brézè (Crémant de Loire, France), $ 19: “This wine offers too much for the price, especially considering the grueling efforts to make such an inexpensive sparkler from one of the Loire Valley’s greatest terroirs, Brézé. de Saumur is known for its ultra-sharp Chenin Blanc wines, making refreshing and thirst-quenching sparkling wines.This bottle blends a bit of Chardonnay to soften the tone, add body and round the edges. —Jason, the wine merchant


Saint-Louis-based certified sommelier and certified wine specialist, writer Denise Mueller is the owner of the Mid-American School of Wine and the PreSomm wine course.


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