Well folks, Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and for you last minute shoppers out there, it’s time for some wine recommendations. For this particular holiday, I like to provide an assortment of wines given the variety of dishes (and family members) around the table. I also don’t like to break the bank given that the wine will be flowing freely.
In terms of white wines, riesling is a sure bet. I recommend something off dry to help pair with some of the high acid dishes at the table. An excellent value is the Milbrandt Traditions Riesling Ancient Lakes 2014 ($13). It has aromas of peach and lime followed by a crisp, off dry palate. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, you can’t do better than the 2014 Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley ($9), with its delicious stone fruit flavors.
A classic red wine pairing for Thanksgiving is pinot noir. Most of Washington is too warm for the variety but thankfully there are an abundance of riches coming out of Oregon. Try the 2014 Erath Pinot Noir Oregon ($19). It’s full of aromas of strawberry, spice and cherry that lead to light but juicy fruit flavors. A little further up the price ladder but well worth it is the Anne Amie Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 ($25). It’s full of vibrant strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors.