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Thanksgiving Wines ~ Oooo la la, from France and beyond

You’ve heard the saying, “my cup runneth over,” right? Well, this is my Thanksgiving, so I’m sharing the bounty in any way that I can. Life has delivered all of this over the last month or so. The basket and its wine has arrived from Wine of The Month Club. Its contents will be going into a separate blog story in a bit. (That one is worthy of its own blog for the upcoming December holidays.)

Meanwhile, this collection has inspired the following story. Each wine is fitting of any Thanksgiving celebration, and also popped into my head as I looked at the world map on the treasure chest, that we’re all one from around the globe.

I’m thankful for being an immigrant

Every one of us is an immigrant, including what we think of as Native Americans… We all came from somewhere else, looking for a new life. How ironic is this time of year, as we watch the world in turmoil, with thousands upon thousands of people from deprived countries, are again on the move en mass, and we question who should and should not come to this country.

Thanksgiving Wines

Despite a movement on Facebook by wine writers, who – like me – have been around the block a few times, and their begging fellow wine writers to NOT feature Thanksgiving wines on their Websites, I really don’t care. (I, too, had a year where I was just burnt out.) I have a lot to be thankful for this year; people who are now turning me onto their wines have made it a fascinating time. It’s reciprocity that’s within my heart; my being thankful and joyous for the abundance that I’ve been enjoying, via their education.

This blog is created of wines from all around the world, and a representation of people who have immigrated to the US. It’s a great mix of wines… I’ve never been so international with my wine selections for Thanksgiving, but my world from this past year has greatly expanded.

What to buy and serve

Red, White, and Bubbles for Appetizers

Red

  • 2013 Scaia Corvina Veneto 1GT, Produced by Tenuta Sant’Antonia
    • Their Wines:  This wine comes from the municipalities of Colognola ai Colli and Mezzane di Sotto. The grapes were pulled from the bunches and then received a cold maceration process. The went through a gentle, pneumatic pressing, and then were fermented in stainless steel. Batonnage was once a week until the end of the secondary malolactic fermentation.
    • Their Notes: Ruby red with hints of purple, the aroma has flowery notes of red roses and sweet violets, with hints of cherry, wild black and cherry, plum, and wild berries. It’s [very] well balanced, flavorsome, and fresh!
    • My Notes: Great care was given to these grapes and that shines through in an elegantly smooth red wine. It’s so soft, in fact, that it would be great with cheeses or stuffed mushroom caps. I really loved this wine. An extra treat was removing the foil, only to find one of the glass stoppers, instead of using cork. I’m so happy each time one of these pops up. It means that re-closing a bottle is going to be much more air tight. I just loved this wine and I highly recommend it, having just tasted this brand for the very first time.

White

  • 2014 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Produced by Concha y Toro ~ Riverbank Series

    • Their Wines:  All Gran Reserva Serie Riberas wines start with the triple Marine Mediterranean advantage:
      • Areas where cool breezes from the coast, traveling along river corridors, and cold mountain winds from the nearby Andes meet.
      • Areas where the temperature contrast between cold ocean air and warm air currents from the Central Valley combine to produce cooling winds.
      • Ancient riverbank soil — mineral-rich, free-draining and infertile, so that vine roots dig deep, resulting in more complex wines.
    • Their Notes:  The winemaking team for Gran Reserva Serie Riberas was chosen with the same level of deliberation as the selection of vineyards sites. Both lead winemakers responsible for the “Riverbank Series” specialize in working with specific grapes and regions in which they excel: Marcio Ram írez for Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Malbec; and Mario Miranda for Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
    • My Notes:  Melons dominated my swirling and sniffing experience, and next came my perfect three-claw score factor (not too much, not too little of that meow factor)
      • What causes this cat claw aroma? It’s a chemical compound called p-mentha-8-thiol-3-one. Yeah, we can’t really pronounce it, but you can use this in a chem lab and everyone will get you. This is a classic example of Sauvignon Blanc and it’s very classy and very classic, all at once. If you know someone who loves Sauvignon Blanc, this is it!

Bubbles

  • Segura Viudas ~ Brut [Spain] Estate Bottled, Metodo Traditional
    • Their Wines: Segura Viudas’s Brut is an artisanal Cava, from the renowned Ferrer Family of Spain. It’s a very affordable go-to wine for celebrating with friends and family. Known for its high quality at an affordable price ($10), Segura Viudas Brut makes celebrating Turkey day easy as (pumpkin) pie. Plus, it’s hardly a celebration without some bubbly! Incredibly versatile with foods, Segura Viudas will impress your foodie friends at the table from the first course to dessert! Segura Viudas is your answer to a million types of dishes on the table (often the case on Thanksgiving!)—it pairs with it ALL!
    • Their Notes: The prime feature of our Brut is its elegant and persistent mousse. This fine sparkling wine delivers aromas of white fruit and citrus, along with tropical and light floral notes. The exquisite, complex palate includes notes of lime and pineapple, with balanced acidity. It is refreshing and smooth on the finish.
    • My Notes: Tiny bubbles that excited my palate and let me know that this is a great palate cleanser, and lead into many more wonderful flavors to come. And, at this price, you’ve got a direct line to some great history and wine. This is an excellent wine for the price and I’ll personally never hesitate to buy it, when I’m wanting to purchase Cava.

Tomorrow continued…

Preview of Complete List by Country of Origin

  • Argentina
    • 2012 Trivento Eolo Malbec
  •  Chile
    • 2011 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Concha y Toto
      • 2014 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
      • 2012 Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere
      • 2013
      • 2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
  • France
    • 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau
    • 2014 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge Côtes du Roussillon Villages 
  • Italy
    • 2013 Scaia Corvina Veneto 1GT, Produced by Tenuta Sant’Antonia
    • 2014 Pinot Grigio 2014 Peter Zemmer
  • Portugal
    • Quinta de la Rosa Ten Year Tawny – Tonel 12 Porto
  •  Spain
    • Segura Viudas Brut Cava
  • United States
    • Iron Horse’s 2010 Classic Vintage Brut

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