If your family and friends are visiting from out of town this Thanksgiving, why not serve some of the award-winning wine made right here in the East Bay? Chardonnay is always a great white wine to pair with turkey. R&B Cellars 2012 Sarabande Chardonnay has vibrant acidity and minerality that balance out well with the richness of turkey meat. It has subtle hints of apricot, peach and vanilla that stand up to the array of items eaten during this holiday meal.
RockWall’s 2014 Montepulciano is the total hipster Thanksgiving wine! Unexpected, and sure to be a homerun, pairing wise, and a conversation piece. You may ask, “What the hell is Mont-e-pul-che-ano?”
Winemaker Shauna Rosenblum treated it just like a Pinot Noir as far as yeast strain and barrel selection but the finished wine is not your Italian Grandfather’s Montepulciano! It is brimming with aromas of beautiful oak, cherry, vanilla, strawberry, sage and cappuccino making RockWall’s 2014 Isabella Francesca, Montepulciano, Contra Costa County an all-star pairing choice.
For another red wine, Two Mile Wines’s 2013 Unti Vineyards Syrah pairs well with dark turkey meat smothered in a black pepper, heavy gravy and a dollop of cranberry sauce. The Syrah has a dark bruting quality that goes well with the oily meat and black pepper. It has an exotic red Mediterranean spice that matches the tartness of the cranberry sauce.
Zinfandel is America’s heritage grape, making it a fitting beverage for Thanksgiving celebrations. We recommend the world-famous Zins made by Dashe Cellars. Their single-vineyard Zins have the fruit characteristics and spicy notes that pair well with your Thanksgiving meal.