Remembering that the purpose of Thanksgiving Day actually is to give thanks for what we have and share it with friends and family, not just eat a ton of turkey and nap through a football game on TV, I have been adding things up in my mind.
More wine matching advice, I would wager, gets dispensed in the week before Thanksgiving than in the entire rest of the year. Or so it seems. Everyone has an opinion on which wines do best with the turkey and the trimmings on the one day of the year that the majority of us eat more or less the same thing.
Coming up this week is the one day of the year that specifically celebrates wine. It’s not a national holiday, but you wouldn’t know it if you happened to wander into a French bistro—in France or anywhere else in the world.
I have been traveling in the past week with a dining partner who can not drink much. Rather than ordering a whole bottle, which would inevitably require leaving some behind so I could drive back to the hotel safely, I have been choosing several different wines by the glass over the course of the meals.
Shortly after Bailey Carrodus died Sept. 19 at 78, I got a message from Gavin Speight, his U.S. importer. He said that he would like to celebrate Carrodus' life by dipping into his own personal cellar to open a few of the iconoclastic winemaker's older Yarra Yering bottles.
When Penfolds rolls out some of its best wines for a retrospective tasting, the results can make a powerful case of just how good Australia can get. The wines don't need hyperbole, which spokesman Matt Lane nonetheless indulged in when he welcomed a mixed group of trade and media in San Francisco by calling it "one of the most spectacular tastings most of us have been to.
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