2021 Thanksgiving Mixed Case
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is a true food and wine lover’s dream: an entire holiday based around eating, drinking, and celebrating with family and friends. We have assembled a dynamic and delicious mixed case of wines that simultaneously showcases some of our favorite wines of the year and pairs beautifully with the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
We kick off the festivities as all good celebrations should start: with a terrific bottle of bubbly. The VSQ Spumante from Malabaila di Canale winery in Piedmont is a bone-dry and elegant sparkling wine that is composed of 50% Nebbiolo and 50% Arneis grapes (and made in the Champagne method). With its vibrant acidity and notes of delicate apple, fresh bread, and mineral, this wine will kick off the party on the right note!
Next, we have the 2018 Bluebell Riesling from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Riesling is often the “Somm’s Suggestion” for the perfect Thanksgiving wine, and this one really delivers: aromas of citrus, apple, shale, and wildflowers lead to a mouthwatering palate with lemon and honey notes followed by a clean, refreshing finish.
The third wine is a dry Rosé from Southern France: the 2019 Clos Saint Sebastien Empreintes Rose. Made from Grenache grapes in the “Provence style,” this crisp and energetic rosé delivers a bouquet of tart berries, orange peel, and flinty minerals while the lean and nervy palate shows citrus, berries, white pepper, and herbs.
The fourth wine is the 2018 Pinoli Cole Pinot Noir from Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. Sourced from a single vineyard of just one acre, this is one of the best Pinot Noirs we’ve had in a while. The nose offers fresh red berries and cherries along with fresh tea leaves, while the juicy and elegant palate brims with red fruits, Eastern spices, and baked cherry pie.
The fifth wine in this amazing mix is the 2017 Clos Saint Sebastien Inspiration Marine. The unique blend of 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache is born from a single vineyard perched precariously on a cliff above the Mediterranean Sea. Its complex aromatics show plums, cherry skins, and saline minerals; the silk-like palate brings forward red and black fruits, cocoa, and fig.
The final wine in this collection is the NV Inspiration Ardante, which is also from Clos Saint Sebastien. This Banyuls dessert wine is made from Grenache grapes and produced in the same method that Tawny Ports are made (with many years of different vintages blended together). The result is a decadent wine with chocolate-covered cherries, orange peel, and hints of espresso beans wrapped in a velvety body.