Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The stuffing, the gravy, the dinner rolls, the bird – and, of course, the wine!
But what do you serve these days? The choices seem endless. New vintages, new grapes, new brands are popping up all over the place.
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered at Portside Liquors. Below you’ll find our top picks to keep your guests (or host) smiling with satisfaction.
#10 Argyle Brut
Think: Champagne meets the good ol’ U.S. of A. This sparking gem from Oregon has a delicate bouquet of red spice, lemon blossom and toasted brioche. A great start to the day!
#9 Flowers Chardonnay
There is nothing not to like about this perfectly balanced semi-dry white. Pale gold in color, with airy aromas of lemon zest and lime, it show Asian pear and honeycrisp apple on the mid-palate. A chard lovers’s chard.
#8 Bertani Bertarose
Rose for Thanksgiving? Of course! It is a perfect turkey pair as well as cocktail sipper to start the day. This gem is a lovely pink with a fresh nose of white flowers, cherry, and strawberry.
#7 Robert Mondavi Napa Fume Blanc
What a pleasingly fresh, ripe, dry white to offer your guests. Zesty lemon, lime and orange citrus lead to fragrant peach and pineapple. Silky in texture with nice minerality.
#6 Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino
A total sleeper from Ruffino – who most know for their Chianti. This red has lovely floral scents of violet and iris intertwined with dark fruit, black cherry and white pepper. A touch of decanting would benefit greatly.
#5 Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
If you haven’t tried this wine recently, you must. Rich, lush and structured, it’s loaded with blackberry, cassis and crushed violet. Tons of baking spices, vanilla and cocoa going on as well.
#4 Tenuta San Guido ‘Guidalberto’
From the producer Sassicaia come this amazing value of a Super-Tuscan. With an intense ruby-red color, it has profound aromas of red and black fruits, a dense structure and yet silky finish.
#3 Picket Fence Pinot Noir
Don’t let the little sticker price fool you on this one. Perfect with ham, lamb, turkey…it has rich aromas of raspberry jam and brandy-macerated cherries. Two bottles will be gone before you know it!
#2 Raymond Generations
A very hard choice not to make #1. This is THE flagship bottling from Raymond comprised of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 18 months in new French oak provides a superior tannic backbone, but the fruit and elements of licorice, tobacco and crème de cassis jump from the glass. Pure decadent elegance.
#1 Hope Family Cabernet Sauvignon
Brand new to the market, is a wine that will make a big splash this year – and our top pick for the holiday. Sourced from Paso Robles where dry, warm conditions are the norm, this wine reminds us of how Caymus Cabernet USED to be – balanced and polished. The power is definitely there, but the secondary nuances of cedar, clove, nutmeg and vanilla bean make all the difference. Treat yourself, or your guests, and you’ll be happy you did!