There may be fewer people at your table this year, but that doesn’t mean you need to limit your wine choices! Either way, let’s support American winemakers with whatever type of wine you choose.
- Bubbly: Domaine Carneros winemaker Eileen Crane is leaving after 33 years. I recently tasted through a few of her wines, including her first vintage of the elegantly-bubbled Le Rêve from 1992 and the 2012 vintage. One of my favorite American bubblies. (You can get the 2013 vintage here.)
- White: Let’s hear it for Willamette! I love a restrained Pinot Gris with turkey, string beans almondine and, even more, with sweeter sides like sherried yams. Try one from Eyrie or Cedar + Salmon.
- Red: Pinot Noir usually pleases most people, and Landmark Overlook has succulent notes of black currant and a hint of licorice.
- Dessert: We always have roasted nuts and fruits post-turkey, and nothing is better with walnuts and figs than tawny port. Try the Dow’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port.