Today’s blog is about red wines for this coming holiday.

Wines are a natural  topic during this time of giving thanks, since I’m in the wine business… right? During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if I do tell you about the wines I’ve most enjoyed throughout the year, which have come to me, because of my blogging.

Everyday I give thanks to those who have wanted to share their stories with me. Since this is a journal about my life as a wine publicist, who has also become a wine blogger with tons of back stories about the wine business, it’s only fitting that I have one story a year to give thanks. Thank you to all of you who make my world go round… giving me something to write about.


I’m going international with these recommendations, since we’ve all come from “away.” Perhaps you can honor your roots on this day with these wines.

2012 Trivento Argentina Torrentés Reserve

Think CHEESE appetizers

From the company: Founded in 1996, Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos produces brand-name wines distinguished for preserving the character of the winds. These wines have received numerous recognitions at international contests and in wine industry publications. TRIVENTO has become the most diversely distributed Argentine wine brand in the world, positioning the company among the preeminent Argentine exporters.

Torrentés is one of my favorite white wines. It’s aromatic and floral, there’s a softness about it, and this one is a really delicious example. This Trivento Torrentes brings its fruit flavors to the table with citrus – orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit, and with honeydew and apple. This wine has a bit of  sweet to it, and will complement any dish that you’re serving with a bit of heat in it, as well as your appetizers.

2013 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Villages, by Michel Chapoutier

Think WILD GAME of  venison or wild boar

From the Roussillon region of the Rhône, this blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan is a perfect wine for our holiday fare. Hand harvesting crop along the high slopes of the Agly Valley, the grapes were entirely destemmed during the fermentation process. Consequently, the bitterness of the stems is not part of the wine’s flavor profile. This step taken during harvest guarantees that the wine will be soft, elegant, and very approachable. It’s very easy for this wine from Michel Chapoutier to be enjoyed with our holidays birds, most especially if you have any French history… and I do.

COLOR: Is a deep garnet.
NOSE: Delivers aromas of rich, and ripe black cherry.
PALATE: As can be typical for a Rhône wine, this one is fleshy and well-structured.  Ripe cherries are very evident, and the soft, gentle finish makes it a very approachable wine. I found the 2012 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Villages to be equally enjoyable and paired it with Wonton Wrapped Lasagna Napoleons.

2011 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva


From their own story: Aldo Bianchi, a native of San Gimignano, left Tuscany before the Second World War to seek fortune in the North of Italy. In 1960, he came back to the area for a wedding and was enchanted by the view from the terrace of Castello di Monsanto: all the Val d’Elsa with the inimitable backdrop of the Towers of San Gimignano. It was love at first sight which made him buy the property within a few months. But if Aldo was bewitched by the landscape, Fabrizio, his son, immediately fell in love with the wines he found in the cellar. Thanks to a passion for wine handed down to him by his grandmother, who came from Piedmont, and to an innate entrepreneurial spirit, Fabrizio, together with the untiring help of his wife Giuliana, started to plant new vineyards and convert the numerous farmhouses….and an incredible story of love, passion and joy for wine and everything concerned with it, starts from here.

The wine: Be sure to decant this one, because it’s big and bold, and could even be enjoyed with your chocolate desserts, especially ones with cheese or cream… smoothing out the wines’s tannins. A nose and flavors of juicy blackberries, cherries and it’s a bit spicy, all making this wine a delicious complement for your holiday fare. You’ll love the clean, fresh finish that lingers…

 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your tables be blessed with abundance this year and forever on….