Let the Feasting Begin!

What wine goes best with Thanksgiving? For what’s often a vast, extended meal with lots of different flavors, the key things to remember are to keep it light and keep it simple. This is not the best time for heavy Bordeaux and Barolos, brawny Napa Cabernets and the like. Most wine folk recommend pinot noirs and their kin for situations like this, with bright flavors that energize the palate and earthy notes that harmonize with our favorite fall dishes. May we suggest:


Bodan Roan California Pinot Noir, $15

A straightforward, easy-drinking pinot that’s sustainably grown in Lodi. French oak lets the ripe berry flavors shine through.


O.P.P., $23

Other People’s Pinot is an Andre Mack production! Our neighborhood wine celeb sources from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, home to some of the finest Pinot in the U.S.A. Smooth as silk.


Domaine De Mouscaillo Pinot Noir, $27

From the foothills of the French Pyrenees, this tiny estate produces a remarkably pretty pinot with wonderful details. Organic production, picked by hand.


Serafini & Vidotto Pinot Nero, $30

Just gorgeous Pinot Noir from the Italian Alps. Mellow, warm and inviting fruit with dried herbs and tobacco notes.



And since we can’t exist on pinot alone….


Claret De Centeilles La Part des Anges, $18

An intriguing and fresh “claret” that’s more than a rosé and lighter than a red. From 100-year old vines in Southern France. Delightful chilled as an aperitif.


Valle de Lunghi Roero Arneis, $14

White wine at Thanksgiving needs to be richer and more assertive to stand up to all those sweet potatoes. This Italian varietal explodes with floral notes and orchard fruit, and makes a great alternative to Chardonnay.


Ravenna Riesling, $12

This Yakima Valley, Washington, riesling pairs well with autumn flavors -- rich stone fruits, honey, and ginger sounds great at any table. Finishes crisp and dry.



For the big finish, our spirits selection has some unique ways to end your feast:


Virgil Kaine Ginger-Infused Bourbon, $35

Sagamore Spirit Rye, $48

Antiquissima Brandy from Portugal, Aged 15 years, $47

Burmester Sotto Voce Port, $25

Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine, $25









On Saturday, October 15, Little Mo Wine & Spirits, the Nostrand Avenue wine and liquor spot happily serving Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush, is inviting the community to help press 120 lbs of wine grapes on the sidewalk outside of the shop. The crush will happen in the tried and true fashion -- by foot! This traditional practice, called pigeage in the wine world, dates back to Roman times. Little Mo Wine owner Mark Schwartz is creating this pioneering family-friendly event to celebrate the store's first anniversary. It’s likely that the Little Mo Wine Grape Stomp will be the first time pigeage has been undertaken out on the streets of Brooklyn.


What will happen to the juice? With some help from friends at Bitter & Esters, the Prospect Heights homebrewing source, and Brooklyn Winery, the juice will be vinified into a one-of-a-kind Nostrand Ave. cuvée. With luck, it will be enjoyed at the second annual Grape Stomp in 2017.


In addition to the stomp, Little Mo Wine will present an array of fine wines and small-batch spirits to the public for sampling. Expect treats from local vendors, music and general extension of the shop’s pretense-free vibe.


“As a home winemaker turned shop owner, I am very excited about Grape Stomp,” Schwartz says. “I’ve wanted to do this for years, and I’m grateful to have had the support of the community to make it a reality.” Regarding the “ick factor” of feet meeting grapes, Schwartz assures the squeamish, “There will be booties.”


Little Mo Wine & Spirits opened in November 2015, and has fast become a favorite for quality wine and hard-to-find spirits. The shop, which is run by Lefferts Gardens resident Mark Schwartz, is open 12-9 seven a days a week, and offers free delivery, a subscription wine club, and the hood-famous “pairing wall,” offering wine advice for local takeout food options.



WHERE: 1125 Nostrand Avenue (corner of Midwood St.)

WHEN: Saturday, October 15. 12-5 pm.

WHY: Little Mo Wine & Spirits anniversary

HOW: Little Mo Wine, Bitter & Esters, Brooklyn Winery, Desserts by Michael Allen and More



Mark Schwartz, Little Mo Wine & Spirits

mo@littlemowine.com, 917-945-0784 (cell)