Since it’s just about time to prep the turkey for his day to shine, we here at Imbibe thought it might be nice to make a couple of suggestions as to what would be appropriate to pair with your anticipated feasts. This week we just got in stock a delicious bottle of bubbles, Domaine Carneros’ Brut Sparkling Wine. With bright lemon-lime, crisp green apple, and a slight nuttiness on the palate, this sparkler is the perfect start to any occasion. Our suggestion would be to pair this with flaky, pastry hors d’oeuvres or a nice cheese and pâté plate.
On to the main course! Two wines that have been Imbibe favorites for the past few months – the 2007 Frank Family Chardonnay and the 2008 McManis Viognier – will not only go well with the white turkey meat we all love so much, but would also be superb with porcini garlic mashed potatoes. Both wines offer a lush acidity that cuts through the creaminess of the potatoes and makes every bite taste like the first. For those that prefer a little darker shade of wine to accompany their meal, we think that with turkey or a juicy, herb-crusted prime rib there is no better mate than our 2008 Cazar Pinot Noir. With a silky texture, loads of cherry and cranberry and a little char, this Pinot is very much both food-friendly and people-friendly.
Zinfandel and dark-meat turkey were born to be friends; that is why this we offer up our 2008 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel. While some Zinfandels are so jammy and tart they make your jaw hurt, Seghesio has worked hard at making a wine that balances bold fruit with great structure. With this glass, enjoy a maple-glazed turkey leg and a heaping spoonful of dried cranberry and sausage stuffing. This is a wine that is sure to please.
And finally, no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without dessert. Whether it be pecan or pumpkin, we’ve got the perfect wine match with your preference of pie. To pair with a large slice of pecan, we suggest our 2005 Schramsberg Cremant. I think the winemakers said it best when they described this wine as “fruitful, floral and sweet spice notes with dried mango, glazed pineapple and citrus meringue joining with honeysuckle, bread pudding and candied ginger.” It’s practically a dessert in itself. If after that delectable visual, you would still like a slice of pumpkin, we recommend a nice Moscato d’Asti. Our 2008 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti is slightly sweet and effervescent with hints of orange peel and stone fruit. There is a subtle baking spice note in this wine that lends itself well to complementing the pie and refreshing the palate.
Now that we’ve finished our imaginary meal, we here at Imbibe would also like to express our thanks to those that have supported us in the past months with your patronage. We’ve had a blast so far and are looking forward to many great times. Just a reminder - we will be closed Thanksgiving day so we can enjoy time with our families.
From our family to yours, have a pleasant and safe holiday,
David, Tamera & The Imbibe Gang
P. S. If you’d like to test-drive any of the wines we’ve recommended, they, along with more Thanksgiving meal favorite pairings, will be available for tasting at our wine bar all next week.