A Thanksgiving that sparkled!

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Better late than never I suppose…

Having just recently embarked upon doing a wine blog, it was interesting to see the diversity of opinions about which wine(s) to serve for Thanksgiving.  After posting my blog about Thanksgiving wine, I came across a couple blogs I found informative and interesting. The first was 1Wine Dude’s take on the subject, which said in a word, it’s all about acidity, and a Snooth post that advocated pairing the wine to the dressing. Both of the blogs resonated with me.

So after contributing my small voice to the chorus of Thanksgiving Wine angst, you might be interested to know which wines we had for Thanksgiving.  Well I decided to take a sip of my own Kool-Aid and go with all sparklers for our Thanksgiving meal, one red  and one rosé.  For the red, we went with Korbel Rouge ($12)  a blend of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah (Click here to see my review)  and for the rosé, we went with Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé “Perle d’ Aurore” ($14 @ K&L Wine Merchants – click here to see my review), which is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir, and 20% Gamay Noir.

Both played well with our Thanksgiving meal (Deep-fried Turkey, Savory Bread Pudding, Creamed Spinach, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Pear and Fresh Ginger, and Ol’ No. 7 Yams.).  I enjoyed both.  The Korbel Rouge because I enjoyed combination of the body (fruit, acids, and a bit of tannins) of a red with the palate cleansing acidity (scrubbing bubbles anyone?) of sparkling wine, and the Rosé because I tend to like Pinot based sparklers the most, and because it underscores my believe that Rosés should be year-round wines rather than just summer wines.

Would we do it again – in a heartbeat!, but it we don’t it’ll only be because we want to experiment with something else!