One of our favorite holidays is just around the corner and we want to help you set the table with the best wines for family and friends. Thanksgiving is a shared feast with a cornucopia of sweet and savory flavors and your wine selections should be thoughtful and festive. We have listed ten of our favorite bottles for this year that will pair with all the fixings and of course, the turkey.
- It’s nice to have a good Beaujolais like the 2016 Lapierre Morgon. This is the red wine for everyone, including your wine savvy friends. The flavors of cranberry and spice will make you wish you had bought more than one bottle.
- 2016 Hermann Donnhoff Riesling. This producer from the Nahe has over 250 years of experience. This is the best white wine for all the flavors of the holiday. Insider hint: the dry version says “Troken” on the label.
- If you’re looking for something outside of the box, try this red blend from Sonoma 2012 Peterson Primary. A fun and funky red blend will be a definite crowd pleaser at the table. A blend of Grenache, Carignane, and Syrah has tons of red berries, spice, and black tea flavors and this wine won’t break the bank.
- Another Riesling makes our list. This one is from one of the nicest families in the wine world, 2015 Ravines from the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. It's a serious contender for our choice of wine of the year. Screaming good value, highly rated and the next big thing in wine, Finger Lake wines are beautiful and the perfect wine to impress your guests.
- 2015 Scarpetta Barbara. Bobby Stuckey, owner of Frasca, a restaurant in Boulder, CO, and Master Sommelier, has created something extraordinary. This wine is loaded with plum, spice, mushroom and red fruits and is going to be the most popular red wine on the table.
- You can never go wrong with a Pinot Noir from Oregon. The 2015 Stoller Dundee Hills from Bill and Kathy Stoller, is a great representation of truly world-class Pinot Noir.
- If you’re looking for a fabulous Pinot Grigio, the 2016 Redentore is what we highly recommend. This wine, from the Veneto region in Italy, harkens us back to a time when Pinot Grigio was not taken for granted. Natural yeast, no added sulfur and organic winemaking, this is real wine from Italy, rich and perfectly in balance.
- Montepulciano d’Abuzzo 2015 Italo Pietrantonj is the wine to buy by the case. When you just want a simple glass of red wine, this stunning value will deliver. Short on tannins and attitude, but not on flavor.
- 2016 Santo Assyrtiko from Greece is grown on the old volcanic island of Santorini, and is one of our newest wines to be selected for our Wines by the Glass list at ZINC. The vines are grown on their original rootstock and trained to the basket style trellising system. This white has great texture and weight, and sings of melon and pears and is a great introduction to one of the world’s great winemaking regions.
- It’s not a celebration without bubbles! Gruet Blanc de Blanc a sparkling wine from New Mexico is our choice this year, this wine never disappoints. It is everything you could ask for in sparkling wine and it’s under $20.
We hope this list will help cut down the stress of shopping for the big day. Many of these selections can be found at The Wine Thief in New Haven and other local wine shops. From everyone at ZINC, Happy Thanksgiving and may your table be filled with friends, family, and laughter. See you soon.