Summer Wine Club: Biodynamic Wines

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This quarter’s wine club collection is focused on Biodynamics, a farming and winemaking process drawn from the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. Biodynamic farming combines spiritual, mystical, and celestial methodologies to promote soil fertility, plant health, and biodiversity. It creates a holistic, resilient, and self-contained ecosystem that does not require the intervention of synthetic chemicals.

A Biodynamic farm will not only have grapevines, but also fruit trees, livestock, bees, vegetable crops, grains, or many other types of plants and animals that create true biodiversity on the land, in addition to supporting living soil. There are also special Biodynamic “preparations” used for fertility and pest control, including compost teas, mineral-based sprays, and other nutrients that are sourced directly from the land that they are being used on. In addition to all of this, Biodynamic processes follow the lunar calendar, which is believed to have a major influence on the cycles of the vines and earth.

Much like organic farming, there are certifying agencies for Biodynamic vineyards and wineries. The most common one you’ll see is called Demeter. So when you see that a wine is “Demeter Certified”, you can be certain that the grower is strictly following all of the practices of Biodynamics. On the other hand, many followers of Biodynamic principles eschew certification, believing that it’s either too expensive or unnecessary for their own reasons. In your booklet notes, you’ll see whether the wine is Demeter Certified or simply practicing Biodynamics.
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To many of us, Biodynamics might seem a little… unusual. And if you’ve ever met a truly Biodynamic farmer, you might think he or she is a little odd. For a long time, Biodynamics were considered akin to sorcery, so governments and consumers were wary and wineries had to hide the fact they practiced. Nowadays, people seem to be a little more open-minded, and Biodynamics are being not only promoted, but used as a marketing tool. As you’ll see, the proof is in the final product, and everyone in the natural wine community seems to agree that Biodynamic wines can be very special. I am definitely in that camp.

This quarter’s wine club is nearly sold out, so if you aren’t already a member, sign up today. Each wine club collection features six wines for $150, excluding tax and delivery.

**The ALL-WHITE collection is sold out! We still have a few Mixed and All-Red collections available.**

Mixed Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

All-Red Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Domaine Philippe Gilbert
2012 Menetou-Salon Rouge
Loire Valley, France

Despagne-Rapin Montagne
2006 Saint-Émilion “Maison Blanche”
Bordeaux, France

Domaine Olivier Pithon
2012 Cuvée Laïs Rouge
Roussillon, France

All-White Club

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

Domaine Huber-Verdereau
2014 Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France

Cascina Degli Ulivi
2010 Montemarino Bianco
Piedmont, Italy

Cooperativa Agricola La Collina
NV Lunaris Secco Malvasia Dell’Emilia
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 

New Wave Natural Wines from California Now Available

Natural wine has been getting a lot of press lately. CBS recently released this informative video about additives in wine, with cameos from winemaker Tony Coturri, the godfather of natural wine in California, and journalist Alice Fiering, the woman who literally wrote the book(s) on natural wine. Definitely worth a watch if you’re curious to know what goes into most of the wines you find on the shelves.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Try some of these new selections from Winelandia. Made from grapes with love by some of the most exciting new winemakers in California (and one in Utah – Lewandowski).

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Delicious reds grown in the Golden State

2013 Methode Sauvage “Ley Line” Valdiguie/Syrah Blend, California
2013 Petard Cellars “Thee & Thou” Red Blend, Lodi
2013 Deux Punx Pinot Noir, Humboldt County
2o14 Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 Purity Wines Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 j.Brix “La Libresca” Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands

Refreshing whites for the California “Winter”

2014 Methode Sauvage “Vista Verde” Chenin Blanc, San Benito County
2012 Wei-Chi “Good Luck” Semillon, Lake County
2014 Ruth Lewandowski “Naomi” Grenache Gris, Mendocino County
2014 Les Lunes Chardonnay, Mt. Lassen
2014 Populis French Colombard/Chardonnay Blend, California
2014 La Clarine Farm Petit Manseng, Sierra Foothills

Save 10% on every wine you purchase from us by joining our seasonal wine club. You’ll receive quarterly shipments of 6 delicious wines, including an informative full-color booklet with tasting notes, production information, and winemaker bios.

Cheers from Winelandia.

The art of the French apéritif with Bon Appetit Box

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These days you can get pretty much anything delivered in a box. Wine (from Winelandia.com of course), meals, dog toys, nail polish, clothes, liquor, makeup, and groceries are all on the list. This is a testament to the “on-demand” culture that’s quickly gaining traction in our busy, plugged-in lives. Delivery of artisan goods is 2 parts luxury, 2 parts discovery, and 1 part convenience. You could walk or drive to the store, but it’s so much more fun to have these goods thoughtfully selected by an expert and then brought to your house in a pretty box.

Many of these subscription boxes bring us curated items that we would otherwise have a hard time finding on our own. Winelandia’s entire business is based on this model, and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you lovely wine lovers who wish to explore the world of natural wine with minimal effort on your part.

The only thing missing from your Winelandia box is some food to go along with it.

bertrand_zoeEnter Bon Appetit Box, an SF-based company founded by a young couple from the South of France, Bertrand and Zoé. They are epicureans who import speciality foods from their motherland and put them together into their thoughtfully themed Bon Appetit Boxes. There’s a Bon Appetit Box for every mood; whether you’re looking for something to enjoy before dinner, with wine, after dinner, with coffee, or for breakfast, they have a box that will bring the rich and flavorful traditions of French culture to your table or picnic blanket.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bertrand and Zoé to discuss the French tradition of the apéritif, a word derived from the Latin verb aperire, which means “to open”. An apéritif is meant to open your palate and stimulate your appetite before a meal. We discussed how food is usually enjoyed with wine in France and how it seems odd to them that anyone would enjoy wine without food. It was a no-brainer that Winelandia and Bon Appetit Box would be BFFs, as together they are greater than the sum of their parts.

P8030148Bertrand and Zoé were kind enough to give me some samples of their lovely imported products, and in return I gave them some wines that I thought would pair well with their foods. I was very excited to dig into my Bon Appetit Provence Apéritif Box, which features vegetable spreads (olive tapenade, artichoke, eggplant & red pepper), crackers, and toasts. They threw in some items from their Paris Apéritif Box as a bonus, such as the cornichons, whole grain mustard, Duck & Pork Pate with Orange and Duck Rillette.

My husband and I are finding every excuse we can to enjoy the goodies from our Bon Appetit Box. A few weekends ago, we took some to a redwood forest to enjoy beneath the trees on a hot day. The quality of the food is top-notch, and I felt as if I was being whisked away to a springtime picnic in France.

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The fun part is pairing these flavorful and piquant snacks with the appropriate wine (or beer!). For the Provence Apéritif Box, I settled on an organically farmed Chablis from the Premier Cru vineyards of Montmains. The fresh acidity and ample minerality of such a wine is a perfect pairing for rich and flavorful vegetable spreads. For the Paris Apéritif Box, I chose a light-bodied Burgundian gamay from Macon-Bussieres which was a lovely compliment to the richer, meatier spreads.

Bon Appetit Box is offering a $10 off coupon to Winelandia customers. Sign up for our mailing list below or simply email info@winelandia.com to receive this special offer. Wine club members will have received a coupon with their Summer Wine Club delivery.

Big thanks to Bertrand and Zoé for sharing their wonderful products with the Winelandia family.

 

 

Winery Visit: La Clarine Farm

A few weeks ago, I finally made my way up to the Sierra Foothills to check out the local wine scene and get some rest & relaxation. I was fortunate enough to make it up there before all of those crazy wildfires and spent some quality time sitting in the American River and putzing around Placerville.

The highlight of my trip was a visit with one of my favorite California winemakers, Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm. He has quietly been making phenomenal, soulful, natural, terroir-driven wines in the Sierra Foothills since 2001. La Clarine Farm was a gateway for my foray into the world of natural wine, and all these years later those wines still delight me with every sip. Every vintage is a little different, and the wines age incredibly well.

Hank’s farm is a testament to how organic farming can work even in extreme climates like the Sierra Foothills. He uses no chemical pesticides at his farm, recently began dry-farming all of his vines, and from this vineyard he creates his “Home Vineyard” wines every year. He grows mostly tempranillo, with a few other varieties scattered throughout. There was even a “volunteer” grapevine that sprouted forth from his compost pile, and after having it ID’d at UC Davis, they found it to be a grape that has never been identified before (though it appears to be closely related to Sauvignon).

Mystery Grapes
Mystery Grapes

Hank was kind enough to guide us through a tasting of all of the wines he currently had aging, which included a barrel fermented rosé, his 2014 “Piedi Grandi” (a nebbiolo-based blend), his 2014 Petit Manseng (an obscure high-acid, high-sugar white grape), as well as several of his wines already in bottle. The hallmark of Hank’s red wines is a high-toned tropical fruit profile framed by herbs and minerals while his whites tend to be full and luscious with loads of acid and texture.

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Delicious Jambalaia Rouge & Blanc

One of the most striking qualities of La Clarine Farm and Hank’s approach to winemaking is how laid-back it feels. It’s not as much about natural wine dogma as it is about practicality. His winery is small yet efficient, with barrels and flex tanks packed tightly in an orderly way. He doesn’t indulge in expensive and unnecessary winery equipment; instead he makes wines that are delicious, accessible, affordable and pair well with food.

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Piedi Grandi aging in Flextank

Not only does Hank grow grapes and make wine at his little farm, but he also raises goats and has several adorable dogs. One of them had been bitten by a rattlesnake on her snout the day before, but fortunately survived the ordeal thanks to a vaccine and swift treatment. Her poor little nose was swollen and sore, but she found time to hang out with us during our visit.

Since Mr. Beckmeyer’s winery is not typically open to the public, I felt very honored to be able to spend a little time with a person who unknowingly guided me through the early days of my adventure in natural wine. La Clarine Farm’s wines are a favorite amongst my wine club members, and every day I’m so grateful that I can share this experience with others.

I have a few of Hank’s wines for sale in my online shop. I deliver throughout the Bay Area and ship all over California. Please see my Delivery Terms for details.

2013 La Clarine Farm “Cedarville” Mourvedre – $28
2014 La Clarine Farm “Jambalaia” Rouge – $24

I hope that you come to love La Clarine Farm’s wines as much as I have over the years. Cheers!

 

 

Spring Forward With These American Beauties

For many of us, the wines of California were our first love in our pursuit of the vine. Here in California, we’re lucky to have such a wealth of home-grown wines to choose from, which allows us to not just “eat local”, but also “drink local”! This week I am releasing several new bottles from my favorite California producers, listed below.

Interested in buying any of these wines? Just click on the link for the wine you’re interested in and buy it directly from the online store.

matthiassonrose2014 Matthiasson Rosé, California – $25
Steve Matthiasson has become a household name for many wine lovers in the golden state. He was the SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year in 2013, and a James Beard Award nominee for the last 2 years in a row. At his core, he’s a farmer; he grows vegetables between the rows of vines in his vineyard and can be found peddling his stone fruit at the Napa farmer’s market in the summer. Steve is such a humble guy, and an even better winemaker. When he started making rosé, there was no person more excited than me, and with his first vintage, he hit the nail on the head. A light, gauzy, quaffable, and balanced pink wine, with delicate aromas of grapefruit blossoms and fresh strawberries. On the palate, it’s bone dry with fresh acidity. The perfect wine for a springtime BBQ, and it will continue to improve all summer. Imagine it paired with chicken on the grill dripping with spicy barbecue sauce, or a fresh spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese.

TenduWhite2014 Tendu White Wine, California – $20
Tendu is a collaboration between Steve Matthiasson and his friend/distributor Matthew Plympton. They wanted to make affordable, easy-drinking wines in larger-format bottles – an homage to the liter-sized bottles of Gruner-Veltliner from Austria. This fantastic white blend from California is made with mostly Vermentino grapes, with a little French Colombard and Chardonnay thrown in for good measure. Take this jumbo bottle to Tomales Bay to pair with oysters, or enjoy in style with some friends at Dolores Park on a sunny day. No corkscrew required, as it’s sealed with a crown (beer bottle) cap!

RymeVermentino2014 Ryme Hers Vermentino, Carneros – $24
Ryan and Megan Glaab have been quietly making some of the best wines in California for the last several years. They are shacked up with Wind Gap and Jolie-Laide at a co-op winery in Sebastopol, and the quality of their wines is more than up to par with their winery-mates. As a husband-and-wife team, they make two versions of their Vermentino – a “His” (skin-fermented), and a “Hers” (direct-to-press, classic style white). The Hers made it’s Winelandia debut in the wine club last fall, and this is the first time it’s been available in the online store. If you love Italian-style whites, snap up some of this fantastic juice before it’s all gone.

RymePinot2013 Ryme Pinot Noir, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros – $32
Another fantastic bottle from Ryme – a beautifully juicy and balanced Pinot Noir from the sustainably farmed cool-climate Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros. Made from two different pinot noir clones planted in the 1960s – Swan & Gamay Beaujolais – the wine is the perfect blend of delicately earthy, herbal, and fruity. Reminiscent of good Cru Beaujolais rather than your typical Cali pinot, and we love it for that. Pair it with roasted guinea fowl in fennel & tarragon, smoked duck breast, or a pizza with tomato sauce.

P81100082014 Lieu Dit Melon, Santa Maria Valley – $24
Do you love Muscadet and other dry, minerally wines from the Loire Valley? This “Melon de California”, as I like to call it, is a rare bird. I had no idea anyone was growing this grape which is widely planted in France’s Loire Valley, and this example is absolutely gorgeous. Aromatic and focused, with intense citrus and mineral notes. The perfect wine to pair with raw oysters or any other kind of seafood. Enjoy on the beach with a good friend, paired with some fresh Harley Farms goat cheese and a warm loaf of garlic & herb artichoke bread from the Arcangeli Grocery Store.

Love what you see? Want to subscribe to automatic quarterly shipments of wines like these? Sign up for the Winelandia seasonal wine club at https://club.winelandia.com.

Rosé season is here!

At long last, your wait is over. Spring is fast approaching, and with the warmer weather comes the release of rosé wine from our favorite producers. We’ve got two brand new rosés in the shop, on two totally different ends of the spectrum. Whether you’re looking for rosé that’s intense, textural, and soulful, or bright, floral, and fresh, we’ve got the juice you’re looking for!

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2014 Tatomer Rosé of Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Santa Barbara County – $27
A brand-new rosé from Graham Tatomer, champion of Austrian & German grape varieties grown in California. From the highest elevation sites of John Sebastiano Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, the grapes for this aromatic rose are picked early to preserve freshness and aromatics.

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2013 Les Lunes GSM Rosé, Paso Robles – $20
For a richer, more savory rosé, look no further than Les Lunes GSM rosé from Paso Robles. Textural and lush, with racy acidity and delicate minerality. A great wine to pair with local King salmon, barbecue, charcuterie, salads, or just a warm sunny day.

Buy any six bottles from the online shop and save on delivery!

Introducing our Winter ’15 Wine Club Collection

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Happy new year everyone! We’ve been hard at work putting together the latest collection for the wine club, scheduled to ship in early February. If you’ve been on the fence about joining the wine club, this would be the shipment to do it! We’ve got some crazy good stuff lined up and I think it’s our best collection yet.

This season, we’re featuring a textural and zesty Savagnin from the Jura, elegant and mineral-driven Beaujolais from the cru vineyards of Fleurie, deep and soulful organic Rioja, perfumey orange Sicilian wine from the famed Arianna Occhipinti, fresh and floral Clairette from Rhone producer Eric Texier, and a Central Coast Cab Sauv from Winelandia favorite Ryan Roark.

Did you know that we offer three different wine club models? Whether you like all kinds of wine, just red, or just white, we have the lineup for you! All of our wine club collection prices reflect a 10% discount off retail, and club members also enjoy an ongoing 10% discount code to use any time while shopping in our online store. Interested in joining? Learn more and sign up here!

Here’s the full run-down on our Winter 2015 wine club selections:

Mixed Wine Club – $146.70 plus tax & delivery:
2013 Eric Texier “Adèle” Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône
2013 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco, Sicily
2011 Tournelle “Fleur de Savagnin”, Côtes du Jura
2013 Julien Sunier Fleurie, Beaujolais
2005 Bodega La Crusset “Seis Sombreros”, Rioja
2011 Wander Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley

Red Wine Club – $144.90 plus tax & delivery:
2013 Julien Sunier Fleurie, Beaujolais
2005 Bodega La Crusset “Seis Sombreros”, Rioja
2011 Wander Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley
2012 Bernard Baudry Chinon, Loire Valley
2013 Vinca Minor Carignan, Mendocino County
2011 Preisinger Blaufrankisch, Austria

White Wine Club – $141.30 plus tax & delivery:
2013 Eric Texier “Adèle” Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône
2013 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco, Sicily
2011 Tournelle “Fleur de Savagnin”, Côtes du Jura
2013 Philippe Tessier Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley
2013 Quenard “Les Abymes” Jacquère, Savoie
2012 Foradori “Fontanasanta” Manzoni Bianco, Trentino-Alto Adige

Get in on the action by signing up today!  We can’t wait to share delicious, affordable, soulful natural wines with you and your loved ones.

Four new wines for the New Year

Happy New Year from Winelandia! We hope you were able to pop some of your favorite bottles during your holiday celebrations.

Over the holiday break, there were some new releases we couldn’t resist getting our hands on. Check out the four new wines in our online shop.

frantz saumon mineral +2013 Frantz Saumon Mineral+, Montlouis-sur-Loire
The latest vintage of Frantz Saumon’s Mineral+, one of our all-time favorite Loire wines, is back in stock. Yields were unbelievably low all over France during 2013, and as a result there’s not much of this wine to go around. We were able to secure a small amount for the online store, so get some while you can! This is a 100% Chenin Blanc made in a sec-tendre style (somewhere between sec and demi-sec) with mouth-watering acidity rounded out by a little residual sugar. Succulent fruit and stony minerality make this wine a great compliment to a wide variety of foods.

jolie laide grenache2013 Jolie-Laide Grenache, Dry Creek Valley
For our Jolie-Laide fans, this is the latest release from Scott Schultz, and it does not disappoint. 2013 yielded loads of near-perfect fruit in California, and the wines are incredibly generous. Vibrant and juicy, it’s drenched in flavors of raspberry extract, spice, and earth. Full-flavored and structured, yet light on it’s feet, this is a great wine to help you transition out of the holidays and into the new year. Supplies are extremely limited.

belluard ayse brutNV Domaine Belluard Ayse Brut, Savoie
The latest Ayse cuvée from Domaine Belluard is everything we’d hoped it’d be and more! Made from 100% Gringet, a nearly-extinct grape grown in Savoie, Ayse Brut offers notes of ginger, galangal, brioche, and crushed rocks. Rich and aromatic with loads of tiny bubbles, this exuberant bubbly is sure to impress everyone in the room.

lapierre raisins gaulois2013 Lapierre Raising Gaulois Gamay, Beaujolais
Everyone who knows me knows how crazy I am about the wines of M. Lapierre. This is Lapierre’s entry-level gamay, made primarily from younger plantings in their Morgon vineyards. Light, fresh, and grapey, this wine is epitome of glou-glou. Organically farmed and produced with minimal intervention – it’s nearly impossible to find wines with this pedigree at such a reasonable price point. Enjoy it with a variety of foods any day of the week.

Experience the Best of Winelandia for the holidays!

Our “Best of Winelandia” holiday offer is SOLD OUT. We’re working on another one, so stay tuned!

We’ve assembled a very limited 6-pack for the holidays featuring the Best of Winelandia in 2014. Included are four deep, rich, and soulful reds, and two exuberant sparkling wines (even some real Champagne!).

Price per 6-pack is $175 excluding tax and shipping – a 10% savings off retail.

Each 6-pack includes the one each of the following wines:

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon, France
2011 Foradori Teroldego, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy
2012 Brea Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
2013 Guiberteau Saumur Rouge, Loire
NV Champ Divin Crémant du Jura, France
NV Dufour Bulles du Comptoir #3 Champagne, France

Supplies are extremely limited, so order now before we run out! To order, simply email orders@winelandia.com.

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Guide

Thanksgiving wine pairing

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’ve put together this helpful guide to assist you with choosing wines to pair with your holiday feast. Whether you’re cooking a traditional turkey or putting together something a little more unconventional, we’re here to help you choose your Thanksgiving wine pairing. This guide will help you elevate your meal from traditional to transcendental.

What’s on the menu?

Appetizers

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Cheese plates: Pair with dry, mineral-driven white wines such as Chenin Blanc, Cava, or Champagne.

Seafood Canapés: White wines are a no-brainer for seafood snacks. Look for Sancerre, sparkling Vouvray, or rich and minerally Catalan whites.

Aperitifs: If you want to skip the pre-feast delicacies and go straight for an aperitif, try a vermouth cocktail, pétillant naturel from the Loire Valley, or any joyful sparkling wine to get the conversation flowing. Cocktails are also a great option, and one of my favorites for a pre-dinner libation is the French 75.

First Courses

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Soups: Many rich and creamy soups will pair beautifully with an equally rich and creamy white wine. Try a Cour-Cheverny, California Chardonnay, or aromatic Viognier. If the soup has some sweetness (like butternut squash bisque), try to find a wine with a little sweetness to match.

Salads: Pair your wines according to the dressing on your salad. If you’re doing a bright and acidic vinaigrette, stick with wines with lots of acidity like Melon de Bourgogne, crisp and dry Chenin Blanc, Chablis, or Gruner Veltliner. If you’re using a balsamic vinaigrette, pair it with a Provencal Rosé instead of a white wine. If you’re doing a creamy dressing, choose fuller-bodied whites with creamy texture such as white Burgundy, California Chardonnay, or Viognier.

Main Courses

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Turkey (or any other poultry): Nothing says Thanksgiving like your traditional turkey. Whether it’s thoughtfully brined and roasted, deep fried in your back yard, or smoked in a fancy smoker, the right wine will bring it class and elegance. You can go for a white wine, a rosé, or a lighter-bodied red – any of them will knock it out of the park. Consider fuller-bodied whites such as white Burgundy, California Chardonnay, Rhone whites (Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier), or even a light and fresh Provencal Rosé. For reds, excellent choices would be Beaujolais (gamay), medium-bodied Zinfandel (look for examples from the Russian River Valley), light red Burgundy, Pinot Meunier, fresh and juicy Carignan blends, or even Cheverny rouge (Pinot Noir/Gamay blend).

Ham: Another old standby for Thanksgiving Day is a honey-baked ham. My go-to in this case would be an off-dry rosé, fruity Pinot Noir, cru Beaujolais, Gewurtztraminer, or hard apple cider.

Lamb: Although a bit unconventional, it’s not unheard of for people to prepare lamb for Thanksgiving. My go-to for fall lamb would be wines to compliment the gaminess such as Counoise, new world Pinot Noir, Gamay, red Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Rioja, or Malbec. Choose medium-bodied wines with an herbal component if you’re doing herb-roasted lamb served rare, and fuller-bodied wines if you’re braising shanks or shoulder.

Beef: If you’re anything like me, you might be preparing something untraditional such as beef. Maybe you’re roasting prime rib, or braising meltingly-tender beef cheeks. In this case, excellent pairings would include Cabernet Sauvignon, red Bordeaux, rich Italian Teroldego, or smoky Austrian Blaufrankisch.

Vegetarian dishes: Most of us have a beloved close friend who prefers their protein from vegetable sources. For mushroom-based dishes, look for earthy wines such as red Burgundy and other French Pinot Noir-based blends. For tomato-based dishes, look for spicy Italian reds or tomato-y Cabernet Franc. For something creamy like a veggie pot pie, equally rich and creamy whites like white Burgundy, Viognier, or Grenache Blanc. Orange wines are a great option for roasted vegetable dishes.

Dessert Course

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Pairing wine with dessert can be difficult to wrap one’s head around. Our very own Colleen McGarry wrote this helpful article to assist you with pairing wine with dessert. In a nutshell, you want to pair wines that have an equal amount of sweetness, or that are sweeter than your dessert. Try Sauternes with your apple pie or blue cheese, eau de vie (fruit brandy) with dishes made from the same fruit, or Gewurtztraminer with your spicy pumpkin pie. Chocolate-based desserts will be complimented best by ruby or tawny ports.

Need help choosing which wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast? Feel free to reach out to us by emailing info@winelandia.com!