Purchased from Treveri Tasting Room, $20
You can also find Treveri bottles at Trader Joes and other select wine retailers)
Aaron: This wasn’t my favorite but I might just have elevated standards for Treveri. The nose reminded me of burnt strawberry which wasn’t very appealing. There were also red floral notes which isn’t my favorite. The flavor was somewhat bitter which might just be my palate not adjusting to using a red instead of a white grape. There was lots of sparkle and this mellowed out on the second sip but this is not my favorite. 88 points
Teri: Crisp flavors of cranberry, green apple, and strawberry with medium effervescence make this sparkling drink closer to a red. The flavors of the pinot noir grape shine through wrapped in the light airy feel of a brut sparkling wine. Visually, I also love the slight rose color of the wine and feel this bottle would be great to pair with chicken, turkey, or other white meats. 90 points
Purchased from Lot18, 16.99/bottle
Aaron: Teri and I had noticeably different opinions on this one. The olive branch and mahogany nose gave way to a juicy flavor with a hint of hickory smoke at the end. Mild tannins gave it a good body full of sweet raspberry and porous rocks. 92 points
Teri: Nothing secret here, just a very mild easy drinking wine with a blend of flavors of fruit and oak/spice. Not complex at all and not my favorite. 85 points
Splash Wines, $15
Aaron: This was pretty good with green apple and guava on the surprisingly strong nose. The flavor was smooth and creamy with some nuts – mostly almond – and white fruit. I felt this was solid, not “amazing”, but enjoyable. 90 points
Teri: This Chardonnay from Chile is very smooth, easy to drink and bursting with flavor! The peach and honey nose is delightful alongside its medium body and flavors of ripe peach, pineapple, and green apple. There is also a slight undertone of vanilla and honey on the finish. 91 points
Lot 18, $20
Aaron: Teri’s assessment that this is an “everyday” wine is pretty spot on. There was strawberry licorice and other hard candies on the nose with some medicinal herbs as well. The flavor was extremely fruity with some mild tannins. This wasn’t exceptional but was more than just juice. Not my favorite but easy to grab off the wine rack in a pinch. 89 points
Teri: This is a great everyday drinking read with a spicy nose but a fruity flavor. I tasted strawberry and cherry with subtle underlying hints of spice. Overall light but good body. 90 points
Picking a wine for the big dinner isn’t easy if you don’t know much, or don’t care, about wine. Here are The Vino Duo’s suggestions and safe picks for serving or bringing a bottle to the big gathering.
If none of these interest you…check out our past Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2012 and 2013.
Last Minute Grab and Go
Easy to find for that last minute pick up a bottle and go.
Medium Body Crowd Pleaser
Still easy to find, for the busy cook, budget friendly, and bound to please your diverse crowd.
Harder to find, but will add a little ‘wow’ on the table