Thanksgiving is upon us and it's time to strategize for the Super Bowl of eating and drinking. Here are our suggestions for a great Thanksgiving lineup, culled from vineyards from sea to shining sea:
The Starter: Gruet Blanc de Blancs, a fantastically affordable, award-winning Champagne-method sparkler from New Mexico. $21
For the Meal: A workhorse pinot noir like Cycles Gladiator. Roaring in from California's Monterrey county, Cycles is frontloaded with red fruit with a little vanilla and cedar on the exhaust. A great play with the bird, cranberries, and herbs. $12
The Ringer: Step it up with an Oregon pinot from the Willamette Valley. The Alchemist is a blend of local fruit that captures the essence of this special spot in Left Coast winemaking. Supple and gorgeous, lightly spicy and laden with cranberries and rhubarb. $30
Only Drinks Chardonnay: They're still out there, and you usually see them at Thanksgiving. May we suggest Auspicion Chardonnay, a creamy. lighter white with apple, pear and pineapple notes. $12
Sweets for the Sweet: There's no better end to a day of feasting than port (and maybe a cigar). Fortitude is made here in Brooklyn, it's a dark and unctuous Zin-based fortified wine that intrigues. $27
Extra L'Chaim: Is your Thanksgiving more of a Friendsgiving? Some all-American spirits may be in order. Come see our selection of hand-crafted ryes, bourbons, and one-of-a-kind offerings like Spiked Apple Whiskey and Bourbon Cream.