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Senior Tim Fish joined the Wine Spectator staff in 2001. His tasting beat includes Oregon, Washington, California Zinfandel and Rhône-style reds, and U.S. sparkling wines.
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A Zesty Red That’s No Turkey for Thanksgiving

Buehler Zinfandel Napa Valley 2009

Tim Fish
Posted: November 21, 2011

I’ve long since given up on the notion of the perfect Thanksgiving wine. Doesn’t exist. There are just too many variables in the typical holiday menu. But over the years, I’ve narrowed down my own personal favorites that cover most of the bases on my family’s turkey spread. Pinot Noir and Beaujolais are high on the list, but it’s hard to beat an elegant Zinfandel like the Buehler Napa Valley 2009.

Not just any Zin will do. If it carries too much weight or alcohol, it will overwhelm all those wonderful flavors we so crave each year. With its floral cherry and raspberry flavors and accents of spice and sage, the Buehler is delicate enough not to smother the turkey but zesty enough to handle the stuffing and yams. With the holiday upon us, I opened a bottle the other day and rated it 90 points, non-blind. Best of all, it is only $18.

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Paul Brake
San Antonio, Tx —  December 21, 2011 6:26pm ET
I have to agree; we had this Buehler, along with a good Pinot and an Italian Barolo, on the table for Thanksgiving (traditional fare--turkey, dressing, green beans, salad, rolls, cranberry sauces), to let everyone (12 adults) try something different. The Buehler was the winner!

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