It’s the holiday season…
To quote a CLiquor store owner:
“Holy smokes Batman, it’s less than a week from Thanksgiving!”
A week from today, people across America will be celebrating the most American thing since High School prom night: Thanksgiving …
Fortunately, we’ve got some excellent wine pairing suggestions, as well as other great information regarding the upcoming holiday.
That’s right folks, we are T Minus 6 Days away from school vacations, in-laws and spending frenzies.
[This is your (THAW THAT TURKEY) warning.]
In years past, sweet whites, inexpensive reds and those all-year-friendly roses have been hugely successful, to both our customers and our own guest’s delight. We also have that which refuses to die: the beaujolais nouveau.
Wine Suggestions – Thanksgiving 2018
This year, not only do we have suggestions for your holiday meal, but I got Joe the owner to write them! Then, all I had to do was build a post and add some images to this post.
In the time it took to write the post, that post died when our website crashed. Fortunately, Joe’s reviews were sent to me via email.
In a nutshell, what I wrote yesterday made the point that these wine suggestions aren’t picked out of a hat.
- We find a great wine
- We get a great price on said wine because we buy a lot when we find good wine.
- We can then offer same wine to our customers at an equally excellent price.
- Because we paid less, and we want you to have great wine, everyone wins.
tl;dr: In all seriousness, the selection a store makes is what makes a store great.
Without further ado, Joe’s Word…
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier Blend ($12.99) What started out as an experiment at Pine Ridge Vineyards has long been recognized as a successful white wine blend enjoyed by many and highly recommended at Cranberry Liquors.
A food-friendly wine, CB+V (their designation, not mine) pairs well with turkey and all the trimmings. It presents ripe fruity flavors which are balanced by a natural acidity thus complementing your meal, not competing with it. At $12.99, the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier presents a unique and sophisticated alternative to typical white wines served for Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Long a traditional favorite, the fruity sweetness of Riesling goes with turkey like cranberry sauce does.
If your serving wine to folks who aren’t typical wine-drinkers at mealtime, this is the can’t-fail choice.
If you prefer a drier wine but don’t want to abandon the Riesling motif, Cranberry Liquors also has the Dry Riesling ($13.99) and Red Slate Dry ($15.99) from Dr. Loosen as well.
As mentioned before, rosé has evolved from “all day” to “all year,” and can be an excellent compliment to your bird.
Red Wine Pairings
The Crusher Pinot Noir ($10.99) The Crusher (who doesn’t like saying “The Crusher”?) is a California vinted and bottled pinot noir that exhibits all the classic elements of a great pinot at an excellent price: Bright, strawberry rhubarb on the nose and moderate tannins to deliver a nice, long finish. The winemaker’s tasting notes even describe a taste of cranberry in its flavor profile. What better red wine to serve with turkey?
Folie a Deux Zinfandel
($17.99) For the wine drinker that likes a good cabernet with a good steak, the Folie a Deux Zin provides a robust, full-bodied red wine experience for your Thanksgiving. Jammy berry aromas give way to mocha and cedar.
Medium tannins, and a round mouthfeel make this a wine which will stand up to turkey or pork.
Just in case you are doing something a little different this Thanksgiving.
*Cue applause track*
If you can’t take Joe’s word for it, take mine.
If you can’t take my word for it, take LeVar Burton’s.
If you trust no one (not even LeVar?!)
We will be tasting the wines listed below tomorrow, Saturday November 17 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. (click here for that information…)
Additionally (rather, before I forget) can I interest you in my all time favorite drink? If none of the above appeals to you, drink what I’ve never heard anyone refuse to!
C.Liquors celebrates all sorts of ways this time of year, and
nothing it is very difficult to surprise us with your recipe or familial tradition.
Wednesday, November 2018
Thursday: Legally, liquor stores are required to be closed!
Friday: Back to normal, open at 9:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
Regarding the additional seasonal holidays, we will post them as soon as this one is over!
For more information on the wines being tasted tomorrow: See event