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November 16, 2006


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I'm leaning towards a Grenache or GSM blend...

My wife and I are going to my parent's house, and my mom does not drink wine very often--and when she does, it comes from a box. Most years, she grabs something out of her bucket, which is literally a plastic bucket she keeps in the garage in which she places any bottle of wine that she is given as a gift throughout the year. Last year, I selected a Pinot Grigio that had cooked itself to death in the summer heat and had ribbons of really cool something-or-other floating throught it. The stories go on and on. One time I had a red from southern France that tasted like vinegar.

But, heck, there's no place like home, and boy does she cook a good turkey. Wine is great, but it can be replaced by a heapin' plate of stuffin', a turkey breast, and whole lotta gravy. I'll drink the good stuff at home, I guess.

Lenn, I'm serving 2005 Trinquer, a Washington blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon,and Viognier from Cameradierie Cellars and 2005 Anglim Rousanne from Paso Robles -the best Rousanne I've tasted in a long time. Gene

There's 16+ people planning to be at my sister's place for the big event. As the "wine experts" in the family, Tracy and I were asked to bring all the wines. We're going with a mixed case, and I somehow think it will all be gone. This is the first time we're brining the wines and the largest crowd, by about double.

Our selections (roughly in drinking order):
- Cousino Macul Chardonnay
- Pere Bieler Rose
- Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2003
- Wolffer La Ferme Matin Merlot
- Shinn Estate Merlot 2003
- Borghese Cabernet Franc 2000
- Franciscan Cabernet
- Moscato d'Asti (for dessert)

First thing you might say is, "a 2003 Beaujolais?!? Isn't that wine dead yet?" Well, 2003 was so big and fruity from the heat, that it is living on. My personal favorite here is the Borghese Cab Franc - even if Asimov is raving about the Shinn Merlot (which is far and away my SECOND favorite!)

And a California Cab? Well, my brother in-law loves 'em, so always good to please the host. :)

I'm serving Diet Coke and Bass Ale. But I know squat about wines. What can you recommend with smoked turkey and smoked duck?

I'm going VA with the exception of a Burgandy. I will bring a Keswick Viognier, Windham Fratelli (Chambourcin and Tannat blend) and a Fabbioli Cellars Raspberry Merlot.

Not sure what others may bring.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday all!


I like White Burgundy, any Rose, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, Oregon Pinot, Bogle Phantom, Moscati d'Asti and Chambers Muscat for dessert.

jens at cincinnati wine

Chateau Frank Celebre Cremant NV, Finger Lakes-- appertif
Hermann J. Wiemer Gewurztraminer 2005, Finger Lakes--with dinner
Georges du Boeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2006, Beaujolais--with dinner
Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine 2004, Niagara Peninsula--dessert

-Atwater Estate Reserve Riesling 2005 - Finger Lakes
-Hermann J. Weimer Pinot Noir 2002 - Finger Lakes
-Chateau Lafayette Reneau Late Harvest Riesling 2003 - Finger Lakes

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