Looking for the perfect wine to pair with the bird?

Thankswine.jpgPicking a wine for the big dinner isn’t easy if you don’t know much about wine. Here are The Vino Duo’s recent suggestions and safe picks from previous years:

Medium bodied (and budget-friendly) easy pairing Pinots:

Foodies Pinot Noir

3 Girls Pinot Noir

If you want something a little bolder but still easy on the wallet: 

Gnarly Head Double Black Red Wine Blend

Quality Top picks from previous years: 

Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2016

Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2013

Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2012



Laura Zahtila Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


Purchased from Laura Zahtila (Now Laura Michael) Tasting Room, $55

Wine Enthusiast Article 

Vivino Info

Aaron:  We held this bottle for a while and it was worth it.  The fruity nose was mellow and pleasant, featuring tobacco leaves and bark with light mushrooms growing.  The flavor was very fruit forward with blackberries dipped in tar and molasses – as expected from a napa zin.  Some rum raisins and a hint of cinnamon made the finish complex and enjoyable. 91 points

Teri: Aaron and I purchased the bottle over 5 years ago and have let it sit until now; the results were worth it. I smell juicy blackberries and red cherries on the nose. Very smooth tannins with intense flavors of cocoa, raspberry, plum, and tobacco. Rich and delicious but you probably want to enjoy it with food. 92 points 

Thanksgiving Wine Picks for 2016

Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions by The Vino DuoPicking 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 

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Champagne! Bubbles!

Yep…it’s that time of the year again. With a focus on romance, Valentines celebrations are often accompanied by a nice bottle of bubbly. Yes, sparkling bottles are often used for celebratory occasions within the United States and romanic evenings, but are sadly often forgot during other parts of the year.

Here are a few which will pair perfectly with your Valentine’s day plans or add sparkle to any other day in your life.

Looking to Impress?:

Veuve Clieqot Brut (around $45/bottle) – This bottle carries prestige and is bound to impress not only by it’s label but also it’s great flavor. (Aaron’s top pick)

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($15-22/bottle) – Impress with the Mumm name and this dry, versatile, and delicious bottle.

Mumm Napa Cuvee M ($15-22/bottle) – One of the most widely found Mumm bottles in most retailers. This is Mumm’s flagship and it continues to please with crisp flavors and smooth texture.

Save on money, not on quality or flavor:

Taralyn Brut (about $10/bottle)- Flavors of peach and apricot make this bottle perfect for sharing with someone just as sweet.  (Aaron’s #1 affordable pick)

Segura Viudas Cava Extra Dry (around $10/bottle) – Flavorful and full of bubbles; Easy to enjoy from start to finish.

Easy to find and will always please:

Korbel Brut (around $10/bottle) – this standard staple can be easily found and delivers flavor and quality for the price.

Kirkland Champagne Brut (around $20/bottle) – Costco does it right when it comes to store brands. Normally utilizing well known producers to make their own label, this wine delivers high quality and flavor under the Kirkland label.

Wilson Creek Almond Champagne (around $15/bottle) – If you like the sweeter side, Wilson Creek delivers this bottle (plus more) with an added flavor, yielding a semi-sweet and versatile champagne. Enjoy on it’s own or with fruit juice for a great mixed champagne cocktail.

Cupcake Prosecco (around $10/bottle) – another easy to find bottle for those who like their drink sweeter. The flavors of peaches and cream with lemon and apricot make for an easy drinking or mixing bubbling bottle.