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Thanksgiving Wine

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Well it's that time of year again.  So many flavors so little room. 

This is the time of year to bring out those blockbuster old Burgundy Pinot Noirs, but not everyone has the budget for these great wines.  Worry not there are some tremendous values out there as you will see.

I love the Spanish region of Rioja, which makes blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache in France).  The wineries age the wines for you because of the regulations of the region.  Riservas are aged up to three years before release so the wines already have some age on them when they hit the U.S.  Age brings out the complexity in wines and these are some of the most food-friendly around.

Tuscany produces tremendous values from the Chianti Classico region.  These are Sangiovese based wines that have great acidity and medium body.

November also marks the Beaujolais Noveau celebration which celebrates the end of this years harvest.  Now Beaujolais Noveau isn't all that interesting but they do have Grand Crus such as Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, and Morgon.  These are wines from the Gamay grape, which produces soft-fruity and very floral wines with a medium body.  These are the ultimate Turkey wines.

If you're looking for white wines there is no better time of year for a creamy, buttery Chardonnay.  Try something from Russian River or Los Carneros.  For a crisper more mineral driven Chardonnay, check out Chablis or Burgundy France.

Whatever you choose there is a ton of great juice out there and the experimenting with different varieties and regions is the fun part.

More next week...

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Dustin Jones
Director of Wine Education, VinVillage
Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers
Wine Director, La Valencia Hotel