It's hard to believe that summer is over! With the shorter
and cooler days ahead, my wine drinking patterns start changing. Gone
are the early evening whites such as Chardonnay, Fume, Pinot Grigio and
other great varietals that I was drinking regularly.
Before my next newsletter,
Thanksgiving will be the next big wine
holiday. It is also the biggest wine buying holiday of the year, which
means we all need to start stocking up quickly. Traditionally, the
wines most consumed for the turkey or ham dinner are Pinot Noir and
Pinot Noirs come from several different growing regions. France
(Burgundy), New Zealand, Chile, Oregon, and California being the
leading growers. While I do love a variety of Pinots from the various
regions, I seem to fall back on the Pinots from the Central Coast area
of California. Santa Maria, Santa Rita Hills, and Bien Nacido are areas
that produce great Pinots. My next favorite come from Oregon and France.
Rieslings sales spike during the Thanksgiving holiday. This wine is a
favorite for many to complement the turkey meal. Major producing
regions are California, Alsace (France) and Germany. The style ranges
from dry to very sweet, so it is important to ask your retailer for the
style you prefer. I personally like a dry Reisling from Alsace or again
from the Central Coast.
Beaujolais Nouveau is the last wine that needs to be
discussed for the holiday meal. This wine is a huge custom
. On the third Thursday of November every year, this wine is is
available for sale. It is a light, young wine that is fermented for a
few days, then goes straight to the bottle, shipped and ready for
consumption. Gamay is the only grape used and they are the only region
that is hand picked other than the Champagne region. This wine is
lighter in alcohol and could be served chilled.
Enjoy your holiday meal and try these wines.
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