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Thanksgiving Wine Primer

I'm not sure how Turkey became the staple bird of the holidays?  My question is, if Turkey is so darn good and delicious, why don't we eat it more often and throughout the year?   
Vinny Vinny has been campaigning for Thanksgiving ribeyes or prime rib for-like-ever, but the staple dish remains turkey.   Regardless of the meal, we've got plenty of wine advice for you.      

For your Turkey, your prevailing theme is this:

Tannins are your enemy.
Acidity is your friend.

The typical best pairings for a traditional (non-ribeye) Thanksgiving table should revolve around these wines:

Fuller bodied Chardonnay
Pinot Noir and Beaujolais 
Older red wine where the tannins have subsided and integrated.

But, you all know what Vintage Vinny is about.  It's all about the Champagne.  Every day and any occasion, we're reaching for the Champagne and this is probably the most versatile pairing to pair with most foods on the table.    Check-out these great choices:


2017 Blain Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Blanc - 74.98
The white wines of Chassagne-Montrachet can resemble those of its neighbor, Puligny. Both are tense with acidity although Chassagne can sometimes be a little softer and broader. Both show crisp apple and citrus flavors, but some Chassagnes surprise with an unexpected red fruit note.

2017 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley - 49.98
Powerful and minerally, with hints of white pepper to the baked apple, pear and tangerine flavors. The lively finish is crisp and focused, offering plenty of spice and lightly buttery notes. 

2016 Rhys Vineyards Alesia Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains - 44.98
Lifted and gracious, with terrific energy and cut, the 2016 is super-expressive today. Bright red cherry, orange peel, mint and chalky notes give the 2016 is attractive aromatic top notes to play off the wine's energetic personality. The 2016 includes all the fruit from Rhys's new Mt. Pajaro vineyard. - Vinous

2017 Domaine Denis Mortet Marsannay Les Longeroies - 59.98
(89-91) Burghound - This is attractively fresh and bright with its broader range of aromatic components that include red currant, cherry, spice and soft floral wisps. There is notably better volume and density to the equally delicious medium weight flavors that conclude in a refreshing and naturally sweet finish. This is almost gulpable today yet it has the underlying material and structure to reward 4 to 6 years of cellaring. 

Andre Clouet Champagne Brut Rose - 49.98
Andre Clouet Grand Cru Brut Rose Champagne. 100% Pinot Noir. The nose on this wine shows quite a bit of strawberry and yeast with an intense note of field fresh strawberry. The palate is very balanced with moderate acidity and an excellent seam of cream.  


   
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