You’ve got the mashed potatoes and stuffing figured out, but when it’s time to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast, you may not know of that perfect wine that pairs so nicely with Turkey. Our friends at Gold Medal Wine Club, the premiere site for wine club membership, have offered us an exclusive look at some of the best selections for your holiday table.
According to my friend Bradley at Gold Medal Wine Club, Chardonnay is a great choice for your Thanksgiving table. However, he says, some also prefer a Pinot Gris or sparkling wine, while others may like a Pinot Noir. Regardless your preference, here are some of the top picks for turkey day vino!
Gold Medal suggests the Mi Sueno Chardonnay as the best Chardonnay to pair with dinner. According to the site, Mi Sueño’s 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is all about grace and elegance. Aromas of lemon peel, maple bar, tangerine shavings, apple tart, custard and orange blossoms tantalize the nose, while the silky, full-bodied palate delivers vibrant fruit flavors and mouth-watering acidity. Notes of stone fruits, guava, peach, spiced ginger and oak are intricately woven, and the long finish leaves lingering flavors of tropical fruits, nuts, and creamy vanilla. Mi Sueño’s 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay offers excellent depth and balance.
For a more affordable option, without sacrificing quality is the The Ledgewood Creek 2010 Three Clone Chardonnay . The Ledgewood Creek 2010 Three Clone Chardonnay is a blend of three individual Chardonnay clones from the Ledgewood Creek Estate. Of the five Chardonnay clones planted in the winery’s estate vineyard, highlighting the highest quality fruit possible through a unique profile of aromas and flavors. Winemaker Larry Langbehn says this Chardonnay is an opulent, satisfying wine that leads with aromas of clover honey, orange blossom, peach and floral notes of rose. It is made with thoughtful amounts of French oak and the wine expresses a distinct toastiness and caramel. Very full in body and nicely balanced from start to finish.
Gold Medal Wine Club insists Ironhorse makes a killer sparkling wine. Perfect for a toast or delicious accompaniment to your holiday dinner, Iron Horse’s 2007 Ocean Reserve delivers soft, appealing aromas of grilled citrus, freshly baked bread, and ripe apple nuances. On the palate, tantalizing flavors of grapefruit, lime, hazelnut, vanilla and brioche are rich and intricately intertwined with a long, refreshingly crisp finish. A world-class sparkler and the perfect complement to any celebration.
If these options don’t quench your holiday thirst, Gold Medal has imported 50 cases of a truly amazing French Champagne. Bring on the bubbly! It’s time for our celebrated Champagne Special, and we are pleased to feature this exclusive import from one of France’s most established Champagne Houses. The famed Champagne Charpentier House dates back to 1855 and has proven itself as a world-class sparkling producer. For our members, we selected their top-end Terre d’ Emotion Brut, with a unique complexity of aromas including violets, pear, peaches, and mandarin. The caressingly silky body is balanced by lively acidity and a wonderful freshness – perfect for celebrating and toasting to special occasions!
For those red wine lovers that won’t veer from the norm no matter the occasion, you can present a wonderful Pinot Noir. Opening with perfumed aromas of ripe plum, cherry and raspberry, this Pinot Noir has an inviting bouquet of red fruit, heightened with notes of spices, smoke, coconut, toasty oak, and minerals. Its silky palate is wonderfully rich and elegant with red fruit flavors and nuances of vanilla and spice.
Thanks to Gold Medal Wine Club for offering us this inside look at the best wines for your Thanksgiving giving. Remember Gold Medal when you are doing your holiday shopping. Who doesn’t want the gift that keeps bringing amazing wine to your door every month! Yes, Please!! :)
Any other recommendations for Thanksgiving bevvi’s?
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