If you are stopping by the LCBO for the Oct. 12th, 2019 release there are a number of excellent, good value choices for your Thanksgiving dinner in red or white. Also some great Shiraz values here.
Turkey wine in general – If I was feeling flush my dream wine for my Thanksgiving dinner would be a Pouilly-Fuissé or Meursault, both rich, beautifully structured Chardonnays with taut minerality and hints of oaky savouriness.
Back to earth… Turkey dinners usually are rich with lots of savoury notes.
A fairly high acid wine will help keep your palate juicy and will stand up to the gravy and spices. These could be lean and crisp wines if you lean toward that style.
The other choice is rich and round like a Chardonnay or Pinot Gris that will align with the rich butteriness of the meal.
If Rosé is your thing I would look for one that leans toward the dry, savoury profile like the Provence style rosés.
Red wine – I would avoid a big tannic wine that puckers your mouth or leaves a chalky finish. Think light and medium bodied like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. A Grenache or Grenache blend would also be a good choice.
Here are the wines from this release that I would put on my Thanksgiving dinner shopping or gift list.
Good Bets Under $35
Santa Ema Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley, Chile VINTAGES#: 443507 Score 91 $16.95
I was blown away by a Sauvignon Blanc from Ledya Valley from Valdivieso. The terroir and lean minerality of it rivalled some of New Zealand’s finest Sauvignon Blancs. The description from Patricio Tapia of guiadescorchados.cl calls it ‘nervy and refreshing’ with ‘herbal notes all over the place with deliciously citrusy acidity typical of the sauvignons from this spot beside the Pacific ocean.’ And let’s face it….the price is definitely right!
Le Fils des Gras Moutons Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2017, Loire, France VINTAGES#: 363150 $15.95
Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine is one of the best value wines from France. It is clean and crisp but has a round character and usually a bit of citrus or apple profile. This one has been Sur-lie (aged on the lees) and is from 40-70 year old vines, which will add texture and character. It is perfect for seafood but I would also serve it with poultry or creamy pasta.
Château Saint-Nabor Côtes du Rhone Blanc 2018 Rhône, France VINTAGES#: 485532 $14.95
This is a Roussanne, (white) Grenache, Ugni blanc blend is described as ’round and expressive’ with tropicaland stone fruit tones with ‘touches of honey and spice’. With enough acidity to make it fresh and good complement to your Thanksgiving bird. Full-bodied and Rich.
Monte del Frá Ca’ del Magro 2016 Veneto, Italy
VINTAGES#: 165670 Score 90 $19.95
Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast scored this and describes ‘crushed aromatic herb and with stone-fruit aromas ‘on the nose’ and a savory palate with ‘juicy yellow apple, lemon zest, apricot and bitter almond’. Sounds like another good match for a savoury turkey dinner.
Pinot Gris alert…. Pinot Gris would be another good turkey pairing choice with enough acidity to offset turkey. There are 2 on offer this release. Note the Alsace is a Grand Cru so a chance to experience a celebrated quality level.
Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2019 Marlborough, New Zealand VINTAGES#: 369850 $19.95 – described with peach, pear and applesauce tones, juicy and round.
Joseph Cattin Hatschbourg Pinot Gris 2016 Alsace Grand Cru, France VINTAGES#: 260240 Score 90 $23.95 –Anne Krebiehl of Wine Enthusiast describes this off dry to have ripe pear tones offset by ‘phenolic, pith but pleasant bitterness’ that ends with zesty citrus.
VINTAGES#: 286393 Score 91 $19.95
James Suckling describes black raspberries, nutmeg and baking spices for this medium bodied blend of syrah and grenache. The weight and spiciness would be about right to go with your turkey dinner.
VINTAGES#: 156869 $22.95
Vintage panel describe lifted cherry, strawberry with earth and vanilla tones. A medium bodied, spicy Pinot Noir will complement the spices in your Thanksgiving bird and sides.
Shiraz alert… while I wouldn’t choose a fruity shiraz to go with my Thanksgiving meal there are a few good ones in this release that you will want to check out if you are a fan.