Wine for Thanksgiving
Wine writer, author, sommelier and judge, Natalie Maclean talks about wines to go with the festive table this weekend. Her latest book is called Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines. Click to see her list of great wines.
More on these wines is available on Natalie Maclean's website
1. Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, BC
Terrifically fresh and vibrant! Like a basket of white melons on a summer afternoon. Lovely as an aperitif or companion to many dishes. Pair with: roast turkey, grilled fish, fresh oysters, salads or creamy pasta dishes.
2. Mike Weir Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara, Ontario
Lovely refreshment with notes of white melon and lime. Lively, clean finish that makes for a great aperitif, especially as you are approaching the nineteenth tee. Pair with: Thanksgiving side dishes such as green beans, field greens salad, grilled freshwater fish and a hole in one.
3. Sterling Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California
Gorgeous layers of green apple and peach wrapped in just the right amount of toasty oak. The winery ferments and ages this chardonnay in barrels. The result is classic Californian chardonnay that bottles west coast sunshine. It's a staggeringly great wine for feed of fresh sweet corn on the cob and boiled lobster dipped in butter or mashed potatoes.
4. Burgans Martin Codax Albarino
Rias Baixas, Spain
Clean, crisp and refreshing with bright lime-lemon aromas and flavours. Great aperitif or food companion. Pair with fresh seafood, fall vegetables and long walks in crisp October evenings.
Product No: 745825
5. Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors' Grand Reserve Shiraz
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
One of Canada's benchmark wines. A deep core of hedonistic pleasure from the concentrated black plums and blackberries. It's wrapped in smoke, meaty notes, dark spices and intrigue.
6. Beringer Zinfandel Founders' Estate, California
Full-bodied, smooth and delicious. Perfect for BBQ. Pair with: roast turkey, grilled gourmet sausages, spareribs and chicken with a tangy tomato sauce.
7. Wolf Blass Merlot Yellow Label, Barossa Valley, Australia
A smooth and full-bodied red with wonderfully fleshy, savoury dark fruit flavours. Great for casual gatherings and dinner parties: a true bridging wine socially. Pair with grilled pork chops and meat lovers' pizza.
8. Rosemount Estate Shiraz, Australia
Dark, smoky and delicious! Layers and layers of ripe fleshy dark plums wrapped in just enough toasty oak. Superb taste and quality for this price. Pair with: grilled pepper steaks, or hamburgers with all the fixins.
9. Menage a Trois Red, California
Loaded with black fruit and dark chocolate aromas. Smooth and full-bodied with a lovely juiciness for many dishes. A blend of zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes. Pair with: saucy pulled-pork sandwiches, braised short ribs and hamburgers with all the fixins.
10. Persuasiom DragonBlend, California
This robust red is balanced, complex and rich. Pair with: prime rib, filet mignon, grilled pork chops, lamb with rosemary.