Halloween has already gone by. The days are noticeably shorter, the leaves are reaching their full fall glory, and there is a chill in the air. These all mean one thing to me–Thanksgiving is approaching! In fact, as I write this, we are only twenty-one days away from that fantastic feast when we give thanks for the bounty of the previous year.
The traditional dinner, as we all know, consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie. The most common question I hear from customers at this time of year is, “Which wine do I serve with it?” Indeed, the array of flavors that one experiences nearly simultaneously in a meal of this size and diversity can make it difficult to find a wine that doesn’t clash with something on the plate.
If you prefer red wine, as do I, one go-to for Thanksgiving is Pinot Noir. Obviously, there are many Burgundies out there which will work, but, in keeping with the origin of this holiday, I like to serve an American alternative. If it is very good, affordable, and produced from 100% estate-grown fruit on a property which is environmentally conscious, I like it even better. If the winery philosophy is such that the wine comes from efforts in the vineyards rather than from excessive manipulation during production, I’m batting a thousand!
Folks, I’m here to tell you that I have found a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir which meets the criteria–Anne Amie Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir, 2015. This translucent, ruby-colored wine has a perfumed, floral nose of violets and sweet cherries. It is light to medium in body, with good acidity, flavors of cherry and red berry, and a hint of black pepper on the finish. An added bonus is the moderate alcohol content of 13.4%.
The good availability and reasonable price of $25.99 per bottle should make this an easy choice for your Thanksgiving meal. Please stop by O’Bryan’s and grab a couple of bottles. I think you will like it!
I will close by wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.