There is just something about Domaine Carneros' Brut Rosé that elevates an event, a dish, or a conversation. It's not just the bubbles (though they certainly add their fare share of merriment), but it goes beyond the bubbles - the symbiotic symmetry of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, promising a yin-yang-like collaboration of fruit and flowers, the leaner lines of Pinot Noir mix effortlessly with the fuller profiles of Chardonnay, an ambitious interplay of raspberries and strawberries swim in a swirl of toasty vanilla and finishes with definition and enduring balance.
An easy, albeit elegant pairing partner, this particular brut rosé has the acidity and palate profile to welcome a surprising assortment of recipes with infinite versatility. Perfect for holiday pairings from appetizers to berry-based desserts!
With so many solid, international wine options gracing wine shop shelves these days, picking a wine for dinner can be a daunting task. Should you gamble on the witty shelf-talker, or be sold by impressive ratings and high-scoring points, opt for clever labels, amusing names, or just close your eyes and run through a quick game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe?
The wine picking pressure mounts, when said dinner just happens to be the ever annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Gatherings of family, friends, and an almost epic collection of trendy to traditional Thanksgiving Day recipes can meld into a single, high-stakes wine buying occasion. Which wines work well with a variety of Turkey Day dishes? Reds, whites, and sparkling wines can all stake a confident claim at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Curious to snag some tried and true Thanksgiving Day wine finds? Then take a quick peek at out our recently updated Top Pick Wines for Thanksgiving guide.
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Filled with abundant fruit and lavish flowers, the innate fresh-factor found in this Washington State Chenin Blanc entices with an impressive range of aromatics. The palate profile yields sweet melon, and a tangle of citrus and pear perched on a clean, crisp foundation.
Expect remarkable balance and unexpected elegance from this exotic, medium-bodied ensemble that speaks well beyond the friendly price point. The L'Ecole 41 Chenin Blanc, from the Columbia Valley, is well-positioned to welcome a range of recipes including Asian themes, assorted seafood and salads with a twist of lemon.
Just two weeks until Thanksgiving and recipe rituals, tasty traditions, and the search for new designer dishes begins. While the turkey tends to be front and center on Thanksgiving Day, there are plenty of tastes, textures, and treats that surround the bird.
In terms of which wine partners up well with each aspect of the traditional and more modern turkey day foodie trends, there are several wine varietals that promise a solid showing in the food-friendly categories of acidity, plush palate appeal and overall pairing versatility. Discover the best wine bets for Thanksgiving food and wine pairings here.
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There's a lot to like about the 2011 Seghesio Zinfandel, and even more to enjoy over a Thanksgiving meal. From the generous layers of blackberry, raspberry and dark cherry fruit to the enticing swirl of toasty spice, this Zin has got a lot going on in the glass.
Plenty of lively acidity and palate pep, decisive integration and overall balance with a remarkable finish, this particular red wine will handle itself well alongside turkey and all of the favorite fixings on Thanksgiving Day.
At only 100 miles long from top to bottom and hosting close to 60,000 acres of vine, Burgundy may very well be one of the most complicated wine regions for novice wine enthusiasts to wrap their collective heads around.
Wine estates, dubbed "Domaines," grow two grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which seems straight-forward enough, but add in foreign French place names (the specific villages, districts, and growing regions found on labels in lieu of grape names), a touch of Napoleanic vineyard history, along with intricate classification systems and heads start spinning.
Interested in learning more about Burgundy wine and the lay of the vineyard land? Then check out our Quick Guide to Burgundy Wine, complete with a list of easy-to-find, go-to producers to get your glass going.
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The 2011 Vincent Marie Antoinette Pouilly-Fuissé Cuvèe brings a classic bit of Burgundy to the glass, with delicious layers of acidity grounded on deep roots of minerality and showy toasted vanilla spice.
This particular white Burgundy (always made with 100% Chardonnay grapes) from one of the region's most well-distributed producers, is a medium-bodied wine showcasing green apple and subtle citrus flavors on the well-developed palate profile. Always a hit with rich creamy sauces tossed over chicken, lobster or pork cuts, the bright acidity and well-textured mouthfeel make this cuvèe an easy pairing pick as we roll into holiday fare.
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If you are looking for a topnotch everyday wine from Bordeaux's right bank, then it will be worth your time and money to check out the well-priced 2009 Chateau Le Bonnat.
An earthy, nicely balanced red with dark red fruit, spicy aromas, and a dense palate structure, Cheateau Le Bonnat's red offers wine lovers a delicious, wallet-friendly introduction to Bordeaux along with a food-friendly sip that's perfect for roasted game, stews, and steak frites.
With the Paleo Diet continuing to gain some serious ground among enthusiastic cross-fitters, protein-themed dieters, and those looking to shed a few in general, the question of where and how wine might fit into the Paleo plan persists.
According to the man that researched and founded the Paleo Diet, Loren Cordain, Ph.D., there is some wiggle room for a glass of occasional wine, strategically built within the confines of his 85:15 rule, allowing for a few diet deviations every week.
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With a laser focus on the wines and regions of North America, the event will spotlight wines from the well-known appellations of Oregon, Washington, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Santa Barbara while also introducing vinous visitors to up and coming wines from the likes of Idaho, Oklahoma, Maryland and more.
Following on the heels of the annual Wine Tourism Conference, also hosted in Portland, the Great American Wine Festival is sure to please a variety of palates through the regional wine tasting experience designed to showcase multiple wineries from each locality.
When: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sat., November 16
Where: The DoubleTree Hotel in Portland
Tickets: $35 - 115
More info.: Great American Wine Festival website