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🍷 Thanksgiving Wines

Meet Thomas Dawber, Leary's Liquor Cabinet's new Wine Consultant. Thomas will be writing a blog post each month to introduce our customers to new wines and suggest food and wine pairings.

In-store, the Leary's Team will work with Thomas to choose six wines each month to feature in the store. Look for the gold numbers and individual write-ups on these featured wines. These are new wines that the staff at Learys have sampled and highly recommend. Today, Thomas is pairing wines with the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Choosing the right wine for Thanksgiving dinner presents a unique challenge. The turkey, of course, is the star of the show, but there are a whole host of diverse flavors and textures to contend with. We’ve put together a list of six can’t-miss food-friendly wines for the holiday table. Red, white, rosé, or even bubbly, you’re sure to find something for everyone!

1. Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Rosé

Thanksgiving is all about tradition, and believe it or not there are no more traditional sparkling wines than those from Limoux! According to the importer, sparkling wines have been produced in this region of southern France since at least 1531. Philippe Collin is a native of Champagne but chose to establish his own domaine in Limoux in 1980. The classic Champagne grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay make up the majority of this wine, but the looser regulations in Limoux allow him to blend in a small amount of Chenin Blanc for added aroma. The Pinot Noir in the blend lends delicate notes of wild strawberry to the dry palate, while the Chardonnay provides a crisp, mineral finish. This is the ideal aperitif to offer your guests, but don’t overlook it as an option with dinner. Dry sparkling wines are among the most food-friendly, with the effervescence cleansing your palate and leaving you ready for the next bite.

2. Domaine Morin-Langaran Picpoul de Pinet 2019

Shh! Want to know one of the best-kept secrets in wine? Picpoul de Pinet is a favorite among sommeliers because it offers some of the best value for money of all whites! Juicy notes of orchard fruits and white grapes, perfectly balanced acidity, and a mouth-watering finish. Put simply, this wine is delicious. It’s exactly the kind of versatile, food-friendly wine that the Thanksgiving table demands and the price is so right that you won’t think twice about opening that second (or third) bottle on the big day.

3. Ill Borro Rosé Del Borro 2019

Rosé doesn’t just pair well with summer- it pairs well with a wide range of foods as well! This pale pink rosé, made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, will play nicely with everything on the Thanksgiving table. Palate-cleansing and refreshing, this is a rosé to enjoy all year long. Serve nicely chilled.

4. Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais 2019 Imported by Kermit Lynch

The often over-looked region of Beaujolais produces the ideal wine for the holiday table. While the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau is certainly a fun tradition, this “real” Beaujolais from Ghislaine Dupeuble is a bit more substantial, while remaining eminently quaffable. Bright, juicy red fruit notes pop off the lively palate, while the slightest grip of tannin finishes it dry, leaving you ready for another bite.

5. Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Wine Enthusiast magazine gave this a rave 93 point review, and we could not agree more. We love this Pinot for everyday drinking, and it’s a no-brainer for turkey day. As we’ve come to expect from Calera, this is an impeccably balanced Pinot Noir. Ripe fruit notes are braced by savory notes of sage and thyme- all flavors that like to party with turkey and stuffing!

6. Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

The All-American grape for the All-American holiday. Sourced from 50-120-year-old vines, this wine packs a ton of fruit and baking spice flavor on a smooth, supple frame. With softer tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel is a great Thanksgiving wine for those who want a full-bodied red.

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