Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations 2017

 

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Our 2017 Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

 

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

Thanksgiving Wine Guide

 

Champagne/Sparkling

Sparkling wine is a great aperitif to sip

while you wait for the turkey to finish cooking.

It adds a celebratory note to the meal and goes well

with starters like soup and salad.

Sparkling also works well with desserts.

Try an Italian Prosecco with Fruit pies.

 

Ste Michelle Brut 750ml $16.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59bc2afb206768c57806d502

2016 A-Z Bubbles 750ml $14.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59b2bfe98ff0d5667fa08842

Amore Di Amanti Prosecco 750ml $9.99

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Pairs with everything from butternut-squash soup to green salad to turkey with a dressing made of briny oysters and herbs.

Even notoriously tough-to-pair Brussels sprouts will sing with Sauvignon Blanc.

Also for contrast and richness of cream sauces and dressings Look for California or Washington st Sauvignon Blancs as they tend to have more bright citrus flavor profiles.

2015 J. Lohr Carols Vineyard 750ml $16.99

 

Pinot Grigio

Is a good aperitif and goes well with roasted turkey.

You can start a meal with a crisp Italian Pinot Grigio.

If you want more fruit profile with your meal try Pinot Grigio/Gris from California or Washington. Apple and pear flavors will shine bright with those.

2016 Santa Margherita 750ml $19.99

 

Riesling

With their tropical fruit, citrus, green-apple, pear and mineral notes,

work with almost any Thanksgiving dish.

You can also pair a sweeter Riesling with apple desserts.

2014 Ste Michelle Sweet Riesling 750ml $9.99

 

Chardonnay

A big, buttery chardonnay can complement the roasted, smoky flavors of squash,

Chestnuts and pecan stuffing.

An unoaked Chardonnay with make apple desserts shine!

Nut bases dessert will work well with high

oaked Chardonnays

2015 The Arsonist 750ml $19.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59adf4516bca31817fc23aac

 

Syrah and Zinfandel

Has the spice, dark fruit and berries to bring out the best in cranberry sauces also works well with dark meats.

Select your wine based on spicy or fruity versions of the grape.

2015 Mottura Primitivo 750ml $12.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59dcd93fc2a8ca650a3ba470

 

Pinot Noir

Is the single best wine to choose for Thanksgiving.

It has tangy red fruit of strawberry and cherry, with nice acidity.

Pinot Noir will support most things on the Thanksgiving table without overpowering them.

If you’re looking for one wine to serve to welcome guests and serve threw a cherry dessert Pinot Noir works!

2016 Domaine Rudel 750ml $9.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/599da287fc94f6611f6e5b10

2015 Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee 750ml $19.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/574df1f3f7ca92c14080a918

2015 Yering Station Estate 750ml $29.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59d5759a3bd72105347a1902

 

Gamay

Thanksgiving is the week Beaujolais Nouveau is released.

This Gamay based wine is a great with Thanksgiving foods.

Light weight and good fruit.

Explore other reds from Beaujolais France and the Gamay grape

and you will shine with your family and friends.

2015 Domaine De Colette Regnie 750ml $17.99

 

Port or a dessert wine

For very sugary desserts work great, as long as the wine is as sweet

or sweeter than the confection.

That’s important because a less-sweet wine will taste thin, tart or even bitter.

The key is to pair the wines flavor profile with that of the desserts.

For nut based desserts try 10 or 20 year tawny ports for a special treat!

Maynards 10 Year Tawny Port 750ml $19.99

2012 Quinta Do Crasto LBV 750ml $22.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59e7bde4b4053ee91c0afef2

 

Rosé

Rose wines are PERFECT for turkey and all the side dishes!

If you feel that rose wines are to casual then drink it with leftovers.

Rose is Dry not to sweet and VERY refreshing.

2016 Masi Rosa dei Masi 750ml $14.99

 

Other Wines That Will Work Great With The Meal

REDS

 

2015 Finca La Mata Tempranillo 750ml $17.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59ef5593658ec53755da3b87

2009 Poggio Verrano 3 Italian Red Blend 750ml $19.99

2010 Marina Cvetic Italian Merlot 750ml $29.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/58ea946d0138919560f6a390

2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend 750ml $19.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59bc23f303e210ce78139bc4

2015 Chateau Roustaing Vielles Vignes 750ml $10.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59d56d5e3392cc0e34ed8521

2014 Ventozelo Douro Reserva Red Blend 750ml $18.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59ef576e741ffd1c557a3dc7

2012 Matchbook Tinto Red Blend 750ml $9.99

Our Review:

https://quiniwine.com/review/59f1d5a1658ec53755da3bb0

Whites

2015 Murrietas Wells The Whip White Blend 750ml $19.99

 

 

 

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October 12th

Exploring Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle is celebrating 50 years of wine making in 2017!

As one of the founding winery’s in WA State they are the premier winery from WA State and have helped define the Northwest wine industry with classic vinefera wines that stand out today as they did 50 years ago.  With a long history of accolades they produce wines that you will enjoy today and with great aging potential.  We will focus on some of their single vineyard wines and their reserve Indian Wells tier.

Helping us taste through these wines is John Gedgaudas, a Business Development Manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  John has been selling and representing wine for over 10 years and is excited to present them.  Focusing on WA State will be fun as it is an area of consistent weather conditions that provide great quality grapes  vintage after vintage.  Maybe WA State will become your new favorite wine region.

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We will taste 7 wines you can get up to $7 off!!

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October 19th

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Dutton Goldfield Wines And More

Hosts: John Schultz

Samantha Straw

John Will Present:

Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they’d enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. After graduating from Boston’s Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking along the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies.

At Dutton-Goldfield, we believe we draw from the best Dutton vineyards to craft these very special Estate Grown wines. The Dutton’s are the premier grape growers in the region and sell grapes to many top wine producers including Patz & Hall, Lewis, Kistler, Nickel and Nickel, Mary Edwards, DuMOL, Ramey and Ironhorse just to name a few.

 

We will explore 4 very limited wines from Dutton Goldfield.

How limited are they? Two have only 350 cases made and two have only 150 6 packs made of which there are only 7 cases in MA!

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Samantha Will Present:

A Tale of Two Ports

For more than 250 years, Ferreira has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine, and known around the world as “the Portuguese brand.” Ferreira was founded in 1751, and under the direction of Dona Antónia Adelaide became the reference point for exceptional ports and Douro wines. Today, Ferreira continues to be a global market leader, and the symbol of a country and a culture.

Showing: Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny Port

Quinta do Crasto, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, a partner in the Port house of Constantino, in 1910. ln 1981, Constantino de Almeida’s granddaughter Leonor (“Tita”) and her husband Jorge Roquette took over the Quinta, determined to restore and revitalize the family estate. Following the change in Portuguese law (allowing single quintas to bottle and export wine), Crasto has been producing and exporting table and port wines since 1994. The perseverance and commitment of the Roquette family has restored Quinta do Crasto to its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the Douro.

Johns Bio:

A native of Iowa, John came to California to pursue a career in the wine business beginning as a cellar worker for a large central valley winery. He later went into the sales and distribution side of the business working for a central coast wine distributor. John then moved to Napa Valley and spent many years at Franciscan winery selling a number of brands under this portfolio. John has been in the role as National Sales Director at Dutton Goldfield for the past seven years.

Samantha Bio:

Samantha Straw is a Fine Wine Portfolio Manager for Ruby Wines who has been in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. She has a passion for knowledge and has achieved 2 levels of Sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild, the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation from the Society of Wine Educators, and the Sake Adviser Certification from the Sake School of America. When not at work, she spends her time with her husband and two children.

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Wines from Dutton Ranch, grower in Sonoma County of some of the most sought-after Chardonnay (17 clones) and Pinot Noir (14 clones) in the state. The Ranch is 1,100 acres composed of 74 individual vineyards sprawled across the Green Valley and Russian River Valley that are part of the cool Sonoma Coast viticultural area.

Dutton-Goldfield, a 50-50 partnership begun in 1998 between Steve Dutton 50 and Burgundy-loving winemaker Dan Goldfield 60

https://grapecollective.com/articles/kistler-duttongoldfield-patz-hall-thirsty-yet-heres-what-they-have-in-common

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Popping The Cork On Sparking Wines

Tuesday Nov 21st 7PM

Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many life’s best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly.  What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world.

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-f8511aaf65114435aa7d53af6a9687f0

 

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Tuesday, October 17                        Decoding American Wine Labels

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you? In this valuable class we’ll explain all the truths and lies on an American wine label. Knowing this information will help you get more value for your money, understand how to figure out if a wine is a generic commercial wine or a hand-made artisanal bottling, and clues to what it’s going to taste like. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Thursday, December 7                     Decoding European Wine Labels

OK, so you understand an American wine label, but European labelling follows an entirely different set of rules, and can be confusing and intimidating. We’ll walk you through the method behind French, Italian, Spanish, and German labels, and help you understand what they’re telling you. You’ll leave with the confidence to buy that bottle of Bordeaux or Spatlese!

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/fall_17_brochure_final.pdf

 

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

 

WINE TASTING 101

Tuesday Oct 10th 7PM

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine.  The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile.  With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

 https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2415

 

Exploring French Wine Regions

Thursday Nov 9th 7PM

Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and so much more!

 https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2342

 

Popping The Cork On Sparking Wines

Tuesday Nov 21st 7PM

Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many life’s best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly.  What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2416

 

Norfolk Recreation

Three Classes:

Noble Grape Varieties

Decoding American Wine Labels

Decoding European Wine Labels

 

http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/public_documents/norfolkma_rec/FINAL%20DRAFT%208-22-17.pdf

Millis Recreation

Three Classes:

Noble Grape Varieties

Decoding American Wine Labels

Decoding European Wine Labels

 

http://www.millis.org/Pages/MillisMA_Recreation/2017%20Millis%20Recreation%20Fall%20Booklet-condensed.pdf

 

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Franklin Library Book Club

Do you like wine? Do you like books? Join us for a special Wine Tasting & Book Club Meeting at Franklin Liquors. Kim Shipala, Assistant Library Director at the Franklin Public Library, will lead a discussion of the novel, while Kim Simone of Vinitas Wineworks and Mark of Franklin Liquors will do a tasting of the wines mentioned in the book.

The book discussion is free, but the wine tastings are $10 each. Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, either visit the library’s website or call Kim Shipala at 508-520-4943.

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