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

 

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Van Camp Cabernet Franc 2015

Purchase from Van Camp Winery, $24.99



IMG_0867 2.jpgAaron:  Van Camp is solid.  I really love these wines and this one is a perfect medium bodied, middle of the road, everyday wine.  There were plenty of oak and vines with lots of greenery but enough huckleberry to remind you this is still made from fruit, not trees.  There was a lightly juiced flavor and extremely mild tannins.  I normally say “watery” is a bad thing but in this caseit was appropriately mild.  Overall, easy drinking and easy to pair with a wide variety of foods.  90 points.

Teri: Rasberry and chocolate covered strawberries on the nose. A blend of vegetable and fruit flavors: bell pepper and blueberries with medium tannins and finish. Let the bottle breath for about an hour to open up. 88 points 

Santa Ema Merlot

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World Market, $8.89 (sale)/14.99 (regular) 

Total Wine & More, $12.29

Santa Ema Website


Aaron: This gets better after being open for a day but at first sip this was definitely a disappointment for me.  The nose was extremely earthy with mostly mushrooms, dirt, and figs.  The flavor was equally dirty with mud and forestry.  There was a noticeable lack of berries and fruit.  The best quality was the fullness, which I appreciated, but not juicy enough for me.  86 points

Teri: Aaron was the only one who tried this bottle. From his notes, I don’t think I missed much.

Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Gewurztraminer 2014

IMG_0792.jpgPurchased from the Kiona Winery in Washington, $17

Kiona wines on Wine.com


Aaron:  Great bottle that is wonderfully full for a white wine.  Peachy, sunflower nose with rich, sweet flavor and lots of white grape.  My favorite flavor: bourbon vanilla!  Alcohol was definitely prominent throughout, and this was a bit sharp on the edges but the fullness and flavor make up for it.  90 points

Teri: With a beautiful smell of peach, this Gewurztraminer is a winner from smell to swallow. Ample different flavors fill your mouth: fresh cantaloupe, banana with caramel and floral undertones. There is a long lingering finish but still a light body leaving a smooth mouthfeel after swallowing. Complex and delicious. 92 points 

Petite Petit 2015

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Michael David Wines, $18

Cost Plus World Market, 12.99 (sale)/18.99 (regular)

Total Wine & More, $14.79

Aaron: I love both these varietals so I was really excited for this bottle.  The smell was full with lots of dark fruits and black licorice.  Oakiness rounded out the nose and led to some very noticeable tannins.  The flavor was pretty good with raspberry and a continuation of the licorice, followed by vanilla on the finish.  This is a good bottle and enjoyable based on what I’d expect from these types of grapes but admittedly it’s not the greatest for these varietals.  90 points

Teri: Cute name based on the blend of two “petite/petit” grapes (85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot). Typically these grapes are smaller, which is why they are called petite, and carry more intense flavors. On this wine, I smelled mostly red berries with some vanilla and lavender. When sipping this wine, I put it on the heartier side of medium bodied with flavors of leather, dark red berries, and some bell pepper (plus noticeable oak). Semi-chalky tannins the deeper I got into my glass. This wine would be better with food; hearty meat dishes and pasta with red sauces. 89 points

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