Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Red, White & Thanksgiving: Wines for Turkey Day

Some things are just impossible: Turning lead into gold, squeezing a camel through the eye of a needle, getting politicians to stop lying.

Choosing a single wine that will complement the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal may not be impossible, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Between the turkey and gravy on one hand and the cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes on the other and stuffing and veggies on the third, it’s clear you’ve got one too many hands. . . also a big problem.

Lucky for you, this space has a solution—two wines, a red and a white, both very different but both as seamless a part of your T-Day dinner as the gobble. And the Gobble. And the long nap on the couch afterwards.

First up is one of my favorite wines from California, fittingly enough calledConundrum. Produced under the umbrella of the folks who run Caymus, the 2010 vintage is an enigmatic blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Viognier and Semillon sourced from the Napa Valley to Santa Barbara.

With its seductive aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, tropical fruit and orange flower water and lush, almost creamy texture supported by just enough green apple, lemon-lime acidity, the only conundrum about Conundrum is how many bottles your dinner guests will go through.

The second wine is, not surprisingly, a Pinot Noir. The 2010 Meiomi brings together grapes from Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma for a wine that’s very California in its fruit forwardness and perfect for the heartier dishes on your Thanksgiving table. It’s a big, inky, brooding wine, rich with the flavors of red and black cherries, black olives and tobacco, with a little Burgundian funk that slowly reveals itself after opening. It will put the “thanks” in your Thanksgiving.

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