Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Wines

Let me be clear: I think you should drink whatever the hell you want with Thanksgiving Dinner. Or any other dinner, for that matter. We are not having turkey at our house this year; we're have capon, because that's what the chef wants to make, and the stove is her domain. So this is already kind of a pointless exercise, but a couple people asked, so here are my recommendations:

Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2010: Hey, why not? This is harvest wine, and this is a celebration of the harvest, right? This is merely an excellent vintage, not spectacular like 2009, and anyway we're talking about something that was bottled maybe a month ago. Big strawberry/raspberry flavors, simple and direct. Even your Great Aunt Madeleine who only takes a bottle of cream sherry now and then for her health will drink it and ask for another glass. It's $8.99! If you really feel like you've got to lay out for something classier, get the Chermette Vielles Vignes 2010. It's so good it doesn't even taste like Nouveau, and it's $14.99. (My inner child is still amused by the idea of new wine from old vines.)

Château de Raousset Chiroubles 2006: It's light, it's graceful, it has notes of cranberry and pomegranate, it will satisfy the wine snobs at the table, and it's under $20.

Meyer-Fonné “Edelzwicker" 2009: It's got Pinot Blanc in it plus whatever else was to hand at harvest time--Riesling, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris, whatever. I think there might be a bit of Gewurztraminer in this year's bottling, but I'm just guessing. It's got more richness and ripeness than you'd expect for $12.99, and a nice clean finish, and it's fun to say.

There will probably be Champagne, too, because Champagne is always appropriate for celebration. I am happy to shell out $40 for some Jose Michel Brut Tradition. As luxuries go, it's not such a bad deal. Ordinarily, I would at this point say something vile about $40 meaning less than it once did because the Government is rolling the printing presses, etc. And something really mean about Sarah Palin. But nobody wants to hear that, so I refrain, I refrain.

I will probably not be splurging on a bottle of Meo Camuzet Fixin 2007, which is too bad, really, I'll bet it is fantastic stuff. It appears in the market thanks to the efforts of Jeanne Marie De Champs, who is possibly the coolest person I've ever met in the Burgundy business. Read her blog here.

Again, drink what you like at Thanksgiving, and at all other times, too.