Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and so, with the assistance of some distinguished writers, I want to recommend three wines that would perfectly complement turkey, as well as other savory holiday fare.
“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” ― Andre Simon
Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ($16) has zesty citrus, floral, and tropical fruit aromas that lead to vibrant lemon, pineapple, and peach flavors that close in a crisp, palate-cleansing finish. This delectable wine would be an ideal partner for turkey, but it would also be wonderful with shellfish, trout, sea bass, or catfish.
Dry Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley 2009 Foggy Oaks Chardonnay ($20) has been cunningly crafted in a way that steers a middle course between austerity and opulence, thus making it a remarkably food-friendly wine that will please most palates. Its enticing aromas of melon, honeysuckle, pear and vanilla precede luscious apricot, apple, pear, and pineapple flavors that are complicated by hints of allspice and that close in a long, lemon-tinged finish. Simply put, this Chardonnay would be great with turkey.
Perhaps you are having something other than turkey for your Thanksgiving meal – roast beef, say, or duck – or maybe your turkey is going to be cooked in a manner that renders it spicy, in which case you might consider matching your repast with a red wine, and I have a recommendation: Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel ($30). Made from the grapes of vines that average ninety years of age and blended with 14% Petite Sirah, this is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, with abundant, pleasantly jammy blackberry and raspberry fruit accompanied by notes of cherry, blueberry, earth, cocoa, and pepper that are jointed by hints of mocha and spice on its lingering finish.
Should you choose one of these Dry Creek Valley wines to accompany your holiday meal, I am certain of one thing: You will be delighted by the experience of drinking it in the company of family and friends.
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ― Ernest Hemingway