Sunday, November 23, 2008

Best Value Wine Picks for Thanksgiving

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What wine should you serve with your Thanksgiving turkey, potatoes and stuffing? Should it be a red wine, white wine, or rose? Sweet or dry? Something before or after the meal?

When you think about pairing wines with your Thanksgiving dinner, consider the following principles:

1) Turkey is a mild meat. Consider wines that will not overpower the meal, such as savory white wines, pinot noir or shiraz. Big cabernet sauvignon may be a bit too much.
2) A sparkling wine or champagne can add a pleasant lift to the start of a meal. The
Paringa Sparkling Shiraz could be a fun choice here.
3) If looking for a wine to pair with dessert, try to keep the wine slightly sweeter than the dessert itself. A tart fruit plate can take a mildly-sweet wine; rich cake will need a sticky-sweet wine.

We've selected some of the top-value wine choices that might make sense with your Thanksgiving meal. These were chosen from over 600 wine reviews in Spirit of Wine.

Our approach to selecting best value wines is described in an earlier article. No one can predict the type of wine you'll most enjoy. But choosing a wine from among those featured below is sure to add great value and flavor to your Thanksgiving table. The number of stars represents quality level; the number of dollar signs represents price level.


Five-star Thanksgiving wine values:

***** $$$ Oliverhill Winery "Jimmy Section" Shiraz, 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia

***** $$ 2006 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia - Review and Rating

Four-star Thanksgiving wine values:

*** $ Turner & Cole Riesling Eden Valley, 2005, Australia

**** $$ Dr. Thanisch Estate Riesling, 2005, Germany

**** $ MandraRossa Fiano, 2006, Italy

**** $ Luis Felipe Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, 2007, Central Valley, Chile

**** $$ Martini & Rossi Asti Sparkling Wine, N/V, Torino, Italy

**** $ Heartland Stickleback Red, 2006, South Australia

**** $$ Penfold's Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, 2001, South Australia

**** 2006 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red, Padthaway, Australia

**** $ Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz, 2006, South Eastern Australia

Three-star Thanksgiving wine values:

*** $ Haddon Cellars Pinot Grigio, 2006, CA

*** $ Coeur d'Alene Cellars Viognier, 2005, Columbia Valley, WA

*** $ Taylor California Cellars Chablis, CA

*** $ Copperidge Chardonnay, N/V, Copperidge Vineyards, CA

*** $ Yellow Tail Shiraz, 2006, South Eastern Australia

*** $ Villa Masetti Pinot Grigio, 2006, Venezie, Italy

***+ $ Paringa Sparkling Shiraz, 2004, South Australia

***+ $ R. H. Phillips EXP Syrah, 2004, CA

*** $ Millaman Condor Shiraz, 2005, Central Valley, Chile

***+ $ Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel, 2003, CA

*** $ French Rabbit Pinot Noir, 2004, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France

***+ $ Bartenura Moscato, 2007, Provincia di Pavia, Italy

***+ $ Alvear Fino Sherry, Montilla, Spain

1 comment:

  1. Consider Sean Minor's 2006 Cab for around the table. Got turned onto it a little while back- worth checking out.