Winebits 256: Thanksgiving wine
What others are writing about wine for Turkey Day:
• Last minute holiday wines: From no less than Eric Asimov at the New York Times, which does not seem like something he would write about – rushing to the store just before Thanksgiving. And his selections include Beaujolais (no, not the Nouveau); Macon-Village, the inexpensive white Burgundy that I like a lot as well; and zinfandel, believe it or not. And here is where things get really spooky – Asimov recommends Ridge’s Three Valleys, which I just did, and Ravenswood’s Old Vine Sonoma County, a grocery store wine (I know, I know) that I tasted a couple of weeks ago, liked, and scheduled for a review.
• Go French: Oddly enough, that seems to be a theme this year. Among those who recommend French wines are Pam Busch of Examiner.com, who notes that “It s almost impossible to go wrong with these French wines at this time of year.” She likes a Kermit Lynch producer, Domaine Dupueble, which begs the question: When is not a good time for a Kermit Lynch wine?
• An eclectic selection: The Denver Off the Wagon website has something for everyone – literally. There must be more than three dozen selections, including those from two Bouder experts, Bobby Stuckey and Arian Kara. The J pinot gris is always a good choice, as are the French choices (more French agan): the Bertrand cremant from Limoux and the Humbrecht pinot blanc from Alsace.