Well folks, Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so it’s time to think about what wines to put on that overstuffed table. As always, when it comes to providing wine for the holidays, I have two rules. The first is to provide some diversity, as there are lots of different dishes being served as well as people with different palates. The second is to not break the bank as the wine is often flowing quite freely. We’ll focus on whites this week before turning our attention to reds next, choosing widely available wines in both cases.
In terms of whites, go with two of Washington’s strengths, chardonnay and riesling. Chardonnay can go quite well with turkey, providing that the wine is not overly oaked. A terrific value-priced example is the 2014 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay Columbia Valley ($11). The tangerine and melon flavors have a broad feel, and it possesses a lengthy finish that is uncommon to find in a wine at this price.
Riesling is great with Thanksgiving fare, as the grape’s natural acidity helps it pair well with a wide variety of dishes. I wouldn’t recommend going bone dry for Thanksgiving as this might make some dishes taste sour. Instead, go with an off-dry wine. The 2014 Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley ($16) fits the bill, with beautifully balanced, off dry honeysuckle and peach aromas and flavors.