Thanksgiving Wine Trio
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Most of us are out of practice when it comes to (generally) family get-togethers and (specifically) Thanksgiving, so here's a refresher course. There's no one bottle of wine that can manage. You need three to survive:
- Champagne to celebratorily consume while assembling the feast. This will not only lubricate what is possibly an awkward social setting, but set the tone properly. Congratulations on making it to Thanksgiving 2021. Cheers. (Plus everything tastes better with Champagne.)
- Chardonnay to primarily appease your mother, but secretly pair with the half of the spread that you would otherwise augment with a touch of butter. It helps if it's the best Chardonnay made in the Northwest.
- A light-bodied red wine to attitudinally replace that weird cranberry "sauce" that is somehow magically coaxed out of the can without altering its shape.
Louis Armand Premier Cru Brut.
Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France | NV
(This wine tastes like a well-orchestrated party: Pinot noir (55%) Pinot Meunier (40%) Chardonnay (5%))
Woodward Canyon Chardonnay
Washington State 2019
(Mostly (83%) estate fruit planted in 1977 to supply the lush flavors. Celilo Vineyard (17%) brings the zippy backbone of sub-alpine Columbia Gorge fruit.)
Evening Land Vineyards 'De Mûres' Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon 2020
(With minimal skin contact during fermentation, this is a wine that straddles the line between red and rosé, but is one-hundred percent Pinot Noir. Put the bottle outside overnight and crack it when the guests arrive—it should be the perfect temperature when the food hits the table.)