Well, my post prior to last year's Thanksgiving seemed to pull people out of the woodwork, so we might as well make it an annual thing.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: football and food stretched out over a few days. For the main event on Thursday evening, the menu is pretty standard. A heritage breed turkey, classic stuffing, both sweet and regular mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and bacon, pearl onions in a cream sauce, and gravy … lots of gravy. Yes, I like to make a little hole in the middle of my mashed potatoes.
While the food is pretty basic, I always put quite a bit of thought into the lineup of wines. There's always some sort of "connection." They could be American wines for an American holiday. They could be French wines since, after all, they helped us win our independence, and that's something to be thankful for. They could be New York wines, since, well, I live in New York. They could be big, robust reds since it's fall, or they could be crisp, low-alcohol whites, since it's a big meal with an array of different foods on the table.
This year I will start with a few Rieslings from the Finger Lakes—they're dry and light-bodied, and make perfect sippers while everyone is clamoring around in the kitchen.
I just got some of the 2006 Novy Zinfandel Russian River Valley Barbieri Vineyard—it arrived while I was in Saint Bart's last week and my dad opened a bottle as payment for helping to watch our daughters for a few days. Apparently it was good … and what's more American than a big Zin?
I'll also open an older bottle of the Clos Apalta from Casa Lapostolle. The 2005, our most recent WOTY winner, is way to young. So instead, I'll tip my cap to the wine by trying an '01, which has sailed along nicely in the cellar.
Needless to say, there will be some Rhônes too. I'm still in a Côte-Rôtie frame of mind, following my story in the Nov. 30 issue. Ok, when am I not in a Côte-Rôtie frame of mind?
And if the weather gets cold enough, a bottle of Port will surely find it's way into the decanter for the long weekend.
In the end, my wine lineup for Thanksgiving always winds up being a little bit of everything. How's your lineup looking?
Andrew J Walter — Sacramento,CA — November 25, 2008 7:10pm ET
Jason T Pett — Baltimore, — November 25, 2008 8:50pm ET
James Molesworth — November 25, 2008 9:41pm ET
Dennis D Bishop — Shelby Twp., MI, USA — November 26, 2008 8:56am ET
Stewart Lancaster — beaver,pa — November 26, 2008 9:41am ET
Richard Scholtz — Austin, TX — November 26, 2008 10:25am ET
Whit Thompson — Rochester, NY — November 26, 2008 10:42am ET
Neil Koffler — New York, NY — November 26, 2008 3:05pm ET
Charles Belensky — Nassawadox, Virginia — November 26, 2008 6:53pm ET
Jack Reagan — Virginia — November 27, 2008 2:28pm ET
Jason T Pett — Baltimore, — November 27, 2008 11:22pm ET
Don Pullum — November 28, 2008 6:08pm ET
Loren Lingenfelter — Danville, CA — December 1, 2008 1:23pm ET
Mark Reinman — NJ — December 1, 2008 9:02pm ET
James Molesworth — December 2, 2008 9:22am ET
Anthony Brade — Toronto — December 2, 2008 12:55pm ET
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions