Four Thanksgiving wine 2016 suggestions to enjoy the holiday
A website asked me for Thanksgiving wine advice this year, and I offered the blog’s holiday wine mantra: “Don’t buy someone wine you think they should like; buy them wine they will like.” The guy at the website was impressed, which was flattering. But he didn’t need to be. After all, would you buy someone clothing or a toy that they wouldn’t like?
Hence Thanksgiving wine 2016. As noted many times before, Thanksgiving is the greatest wine holiday in the world because families and friends get to share lots of different kinds of wine and because it isn’t about money or showing off. Instead, it’s
about being thankful that we can be together to enjoy the holiday. The blog’s guidelines for holiday wine buying are here.
This year’s Thanksgiving wine suggestions are just a start:
• Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve 2015 ($16, sample, 13.9%): One of the Winestream Media ripped this California red, doing so for every reason that I liked it – a lighter style, more delicate cherry fruit, and just enough oak hovering in the background. If I wanted zinfandel, I’d buy zinfandel. Highly recommended, and especially since pinot noir at this price is either undrinkable or tastes like something else.
• Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($20, sample, 13.2%): This white is one of the best California sauvignon blancs I’ve had in years, and yes, I’d pay $20 for it. It’s more complex than most New World sauvignon blancs, which means more than just citrus fruit and a longer, more pleasing finish, as well as mouth feel that says more than sauvignon blanc. Best yet, no oak.
• Desiderio Jeio Cuvée Rosé NV ($15, sample, 11.5%): Nicely done pink Italian sparkling wine that has quality bubbles, fresh acidity, some almost tart red fruit, and not too much sweetness. Very surprising for the price, and head and shoulders more interesting than Big Wine Prosecco that costs the same amount.
• Père Anselme La Fiole Rose 2015 ($10, purchased, 13%): This pink wine from France’s Rhone shows why rose is so wonderful: Made in a crisp, though almost New World style, so the black cherry fruit is more pronounced and less delicate. And still, after 10 months in the bottle, oh so fresh.