Our first Thanksgiving tasting last week was HUGE! Amy Robbins (of Ted & Amy fame) was here broadcasting live and we tasted wines that many customers never thought of for their Thanksgiving table. As I said last week, I really like to put as much thought into the wine selection as the dinner we are preparing. This week, we have four more choices that will definitely appeal to your guests’ different palates, and pair fabulously with your dinner.
PLUS, all of this week’s selections are brand new to the shop and have never been tasted here before. You will certainly want to bring a few of these home with you! Here’s what we’re tasting…
François Montand Blanc de Blanc Brut Sparkling NV France (Jura)
For centuries, Méthode Champenoise, also known as Méthode Traditionnelle, has been the gold standard for sparkling wine production. A production style that proves to be much more labor-intensive, but the added quality garnered is well worth the effort.
François Montand offers a great tasting sparkling wine, made in the Méthode Traditionnelle, at a value. With an elegant, classic French label, François Montand introduces more people to this winemaking style, showing wine lovers everywhere that a well-made, high quality sparkling wine can be accessible.
“The appearance is pale gold with a hint of green and fine bubbles. Aromas of white flowers and citrus fruit give way to a creamy and smooth palate with flavors of freshly baked bread, golden delicious apples, and Meyer lemons. Truly harmonious.” ~ Winery
This is the way to begin Thanksgiving morning when getting the “bird” in the oven and again with your cheese board when the guests arrive. It’s a fabulous value.
Tasting Bar Price: $10.99/bottle; Regular Price: $13.99
McManis Family Vineyards Estate Viognier 2017 California (River Junction AVA) Sometimes described as Chardonnay’s sultry sister this varietal’s richness, body and spice and fruit notes make it an ideal complement for roast turkey. It also cuts through carb-heavy, buttery sides like potatoes, sweet potatoes and sage-laced stuffing or dressing.
“Light straw in color, the 2017 McManis Family Vineyards Viognier is a rich, velvety, white wine with peach, pear and apricot aromas. Similar stone fruits and vanilla notes grace the palate along with a touch of minerality, leading to a smooth and decadent finish.” ~ Winemaker’s Notes
Tasting Bar Price: $9.59/bottle; Regular Price: $11.99
Talbott Vineyards Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2016 California (Santa Lucia Highlands)
92 points The Tasting Panel; 88 points Wine Enthusiast
Used for our Wine & Cheese Pairing Class a few weeks back, it was a huge hit. We quickly sold 3 cases and had many customers returning wanting to know where it was stocked in the store. This just a terrific Cali chard to go with your Thanksgiving dinner, appealing to white wine drinkers of every stripe!
“Finished with a screwcap, this pedigreed white hails from the winery’s estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It’s clean and pure with rich and buttered baked apple and caramel on the nose. The wine is also surprisingly lean on the palate, and while sur lies stirring gives it richness, the toasty oak adds depth; the texture itself, meanwhile, weaves a mineral edge with green apple tartness and Macintosh roundness. Broad and generous, it’s aged nine months in 70% stainless steel tanks and 30% French oak barrels.” TP
“Honeysuckle and lily aromas meet with crushed chalk, citrus pith and sliced pears on the nose of this bottling. There’s a solid sizzle and crispness to the palate, where cut pears, pineapple and lemongrass flavors arise.” WE
Tasting Bar Price: $14.69/bottle; Regular Price: $17.99
Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2015 California (Paso Robles)
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
“Our flagship wine Mountain Zinfandel offers up a bountiful bouquet of ripe cherries, plum, black raspberry, tobacco laced with vanilla cardamom spice, framed by soft balanced tannins. Food Pairing: Perfect with Asian braised pork shoulder or glazed baby back ribs.” ~ Winery Notes
“This unabashedly powerful and jammy wine shows black-cherry candy, sweet roses, vanilla, black rocks and black pepper on the nose. The soft tannins carry forth waves of vanilla, coconut, caramel and blueberry jelly, perfect to please those seeking a whopper of a wine.” WE
Cellar Price: $21.99/bottle (No additional discounts)
Wines subject to change based upon distributor availability. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this tasting. Valid photo ID is required.