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Thanksgiving Wines

I know that this is an American holiday, which was instituted by our European forefathers with the assistance of Native Americans… while things were still copacetic…

In the past, I’ve purchased American made wines, just going along with the tradition.

To that end, I’m going to get myself over to J Wines for the bubbly. J, of course, will start the day… They’re a neighbor of mine (about five minutes away by car), and oh-so handy.

Then, the holiday will take on a new tradition…

I’ve been fortunate to receive two wines from Europe… from the Soave viticultural region of Italy, and we’re going to be including these imported Italian wines with our thanks:

  1. 2008 I Tatai, Corte Moschina Soave, Denominazione di Origine Controllata
    • The grapes come from old vines, and they’ve received good sun exposure. Harvested in late October, the wine was aged in both stainless steel and some oak after fermentation. This Soave is known for its intriguing flavors of flowers and elderberries. It will be the first one to be opened, and enjoyed with appetizers.
  2. 2007 Il Tirso Soave Superiore, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita Classico
    • Garganega, Trebbiano and Chardonnay grapes. This beautiful Soave has a pale yellow color and aromatics of ripe fruits, such as tangerine and apricot, almond… and Mediterranean herbs such as sage. It’s a rich full wine with a beautiful balance between acid and alcohol. The finish enjoys the nutty flavors of almond and hazelnut. The complexity of this one will be the second one to enjoy with our meal.

These two Soave whites are going to be luscious, and I’m thankful that they’ll be gracing our table.

I love Soave wines, and I love saying “Soave.” It’s sounds so chic…. so suave… so classico…

Quick Wik (ipedia):

“Soave (pronounced So-Ah-Vay) is a dry white wine from the Veneto region in northeast Italy, principally around the city of Verona. It is one of 41 Italian Denominaziones di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) as of August, 2008. Garganega is the designation’s principal grape variety.”

While Jose and I were in Oregon visiting with Oak Knoll Winery we had a couple of field trips for gathering wines, which pretty much ended up being mostly Pinots. A 2006 Oak Knoll Pinot Noir ($18.00) and a 2008 Lange Pinot are for enjoying during the turkey portion of the meal.

I was also given a bottle of Twisted Oak’s 2006 Petite Sirah. I had it as a sample, and Jeff’s moved into his 2007 vintage, so he gifted it to me. When it’s a gift, it moves into another category in my wine library. It will be a fun addition for something chocolate and gooey, I’m thinking.

I like what I recently read on Steve Heimoff’s blog, that was then commented on by Charlie Olken;

STEVE HEIMOFF: “With the coming of the Holiday Season, wine writers ascend into a frenzy of activity recommending what wines to drink with whatever is on the table, which is usually a lot of everything. You don’t really want to over-stress on the wine-and-food pairing thing. Put out a bunch of stuff and let people reach for whatever they want.”

To which Charlie commented:

CHARLIE OLKEN: “…and I do follow your advice, Steve, and put out a cross-section of wine of all kinds.

“At the end of the day, when everyone has had their fill, here are the winners, as determined by that tried and true measure of how much of each was consumed.

“Pre-dinner drinking is dominated by Bloody Marys regardless of what else is available including my favorite, a glass of fizz. The wine most consumed with the meal turns out to be whatever rose’ I put out, followed by Pinot Noir.”

These two wine writing pals of mine made me see the light, because – hey – I end up doing the same thing.

After all that of above, it’s open an library over here… We’ll see what goes off script.

What are you going to be enjoying? I’d love to know.

And… what ever it is, Happy Thanksgiving to you. I’m thankful for you, one of the people who following my writings and ramblings…

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8 Responses to “Thanksgiving Wines”

  1. Steve Howe says:

    It does take a variety of wines for a Thanksgiving meal and let people drink what they want.

    Thanks for your suggestions …I’m going to see if I can pick up a bottle of the Lange Pinot Noir to go with the wines I’ve already purchased.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    Steve, the Lange is more lively and more new world, the Oak Knoll is more round… reminding me more of a Burgundy. I didn’t clarify between the two, but there it is.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and have a great holiday!

  3. My cousins and I always drive down to my cousin Ellen’s house in Malibu for turkey day. I bring the vino, usually 2 cases to get us through 48 hours of near constant eating. I go heavy on the Pinot Noir, which seems to go with everything. Also the aromatic whites — Riesling, Gewurz, Muscat. And sparkling, of course — lots of toasts! But people can also choose Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc — it will all be on the table.

  4. Jo Diaz says:


    You guys certainly love to party. Quite the selection, made up by the aromatic whites. I’d love to be a fly on the wall for the continued toasts about six hours into it.

    Have a great one!

  5. Jo Diaz says:

    This Email just came from Gwendolyn Alley. I’m going to put it in for her in its entirety. The reason for that is that once someone has commented on this site, you shouldn’t have to ever enter the CODE (above) again. You’re jumped through all the hurdles. Gwendolyn, not knowing that, has been also added the CODE.

    Here’s her Email to me for a comment:

    Hi Jo,

    See if you can get Jose to make your anti-spam work better for me!

    I don’t want to tell you the number of comments I’ve written and then lost!

    I was insuring my comments by copying them before submitting but forgot today when I guess I put in the wrong numbers…

    Is there a way that when you go “back” the comment could still be there to try again?

    In the meantime, happy thanksgiving! We’re going to Mammoth–and I like gewurtz, bubbbles and zin with turkey day!

  6. Jo Diaz says:

    What I wrote to Gwendolyn via E-Mail and now here…

    Hi, Gwendolyn,

    Because you’ve commented before, your Email is in there, and you shouldn’t have to use the numbers at all.

    If I don’t have that kind of spam filter, you wouldn’t believe the stuff I get and have to filter through and delete. I just had to make Jose put it on the PS I Love You blog, and the Suisun Valley blog, which I also work.

    I’d like to hang a few of these guys by their fingernails!

    It’s like the terrorists that wear bombs in their underwear, shoes, etc. They’ve made what should be simple and pleasurable into a nightmare. Who breeds these people, anyway?

    And, Gwendolyn… back to Thanksgiving… It all sounds yummy and fun. Have a great one! (Thanks for trying so hard.)

  7. Lorrie S. LeBeaux says:


    Lucky you to be so close to “J” wines. I like their bubbly too! I’m not sure yet what I’ll have. I maybe having some Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with the turkey. Also, I maybe sampling some wines from Jordan Winery. I wish I had not opened the 2008 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir. Should have saved it for turkey day. I think Steve has the “real deal” planned as far as wine goes. Happy Thanksgiving. I have to prep to start my cooking!

    PS Bubbles are a great starter.

  8. Jo Diaz says:

    Yes, Lorrie, I am lucky.

    I also drove out to Iron Horse… What a gorgeous ride. I’m thinking of making it into a video file on YouTube. Took lots of fall images along the way that I can share.

    I love living the life…

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