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Pairing ideas for giving thanks

Thanksgiving’s dishes are traditionally rich demanding wines
that pair/harmonize well with the food you are serving

In most instances your favorite wine is the best wine to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner; but if you’re searching, or experimenting,  I’m proposing some wines that you can experiment with,  a little bit before the Holiday hits us.
And with all the other holidays ahead of us, you can experiment pairings with with other favorite dishes you’ll be serving throughout the holiday season. Have fun experimenting as I did by searching for some unusual matches.

  Giving Thanks

and many with a 90 plus rating


From Valdobbiadene, VENETO, Italy:
Bisol – Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (sparkling) – 
(Average retail $21.99)
“Deeper, creamier and more powerful than most Brut Prosecco, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors and sweet spice qualities. The finish is broad and impressively persistent, with repeating floral nuances. For those who don’t think Prosecco can be serious and fun at the same time” – IWC

Terredora di Paolo – 2012 Falanghina –  (Average retail $15.99)
Reminiscing of the piney fragrance of Fiano the juiciness of Greco , this Falanghina is refreshing, with aromas of white peach, pear and green apple. Lively on the palate, with pear and peach skin flavors leading to a long, bright finish that shows an appealing, mouthwatering quality

LUISA – 2012 Friulano –  (Average retail $20.99)
Until recently known as the Tocai, the Friulano grape traces its roots to the Tocai Sauvignon grape Bordeaux. It arrived in Friuli in the mid-1800s from France. The nose is floral with hints of almond, apricot and quince fruit on the palate this Friulano is velvety and refreshing with a crisp acidity. Ideal with vegetable omelettes, fresh cheeses, vegetable or rice dishes and throughout your Turkey dinner


LUISA – 2012 Pinot Grigio –  (Average retail $19.99)
Isonzo del Friuli is on the same latitude of the Southern Bourgogne, the Cognac area in France or the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Cold maceration, light pressing and cold static decanting add to the elegance of this wine. On the nose you get crusty bread, acacia blossoms and ripe tropical fruit, on the palate is the  kayser pear, the elegant freshness and the distinguished fruity crispiness. Ideal with appetizers, fish, white meats, eggs, fresh cheeses and throughout your Turkey dinner

OS Winery – 2012 Riesling  ($17.99 retail)
The grapes comes from the Dineen Vineyards which is located in the hills of the Yakima Valley just north of Zillah, Washington. Quince, lemon custard, lime, and honey-tinged mineral notes are carried on a wave of bracing acidity (8.5g/L with 3.06 pH). The finish is nothing short of poetic in an epic sort of way. This beauty is guaranteed to get markedly more complex in the next couple of years and to age well for 20 more (2034)

From Wairau and Awatere Valleys, Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND:
New Zealand – Jules Taylor – 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
(Average retail $16.99)
“Rich flavors of tropical and citrus fruits on the palate are complemented by fresh herbaceous notes. This wine shows evolving aromas of passionfruit, citrus, jalapeno pepper and currant leaf. A distincltly Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc”


and many with a 90 plus rating


From TUSCANY, Italy:
Argiano – Brunello di Montalcino (Average retail $67.99)
“Sexy aromas and flavors of plum, mocha, underbrush, spices and tobacco, with a lavender topnote. Smoky, sweet and fine-grained; not yet especially complex but shows lush, sweet, velour-like fruit, noteworthy depth, and good energy for the year. The sappy, smoky finish features some enticing oak spices” IWC


CannonauFrom SARDINIA, Italy:
Nuraghe Crabioni – 2011 Cannonau
(Average retail $18.99)
An elegant, vinous red with energy in its brisk tannins. Those tannins have an edge of crushed green peppercorn spice, enlivening the silky texture, engaging the scents of rose, raspberries and dark cherries. The vineyard benefits from its unique location, enjoying both warm southern winds and cooling maritime breezes. Nuraghe Crabioni wines flaunt a balanced, but distinct character


From PIEDMONT, Italy:
DAMILANO – 2011 Marghe Nebbiolo
(Average retail $18.99)
Often called the “queen of black grapes” as it needs meticulous and laborious care. A rich wine packed with fruit. shows cherry, balsamic and earthy flavors backed by tamed tannins and a well rounded finish. Pairs well with hearty first courses, red meats, roasts, braised meats, game and aged cheese

From SICILY, Italy:
Cantine Colosi – 2011 Sicilia Rosso
(Average retail $11.99)
“The color is an intense dark ruby, full-bodied wine with aromas of black fruit, blackberry and strawberries.The wine is extremely well balanced with a lingering fruit finish. A tribute to the oldest and most typical Sicilian grapes, Nero d`Avola, or “Calavrisi” which means literally “Avolla grape” or” grape originating in Avola”

Bodega Noemia de Patagonia – 2011 A LISA
Malbec (Average retail $21.99)
“Bright medium ruby. Super ripe aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, leather, licorice, chocolate and graphite, all lifted by a violet top note. Lush, ripe and minerally, with a suave, fine-grained texture to the raspberry and floral flavors” IWC


I’m Raffaele De Gennaro and I work as a wine consultant for Vias Imports, in the Hudson Valley area and sell to Restaurants and Wine Shops. If you can’t find the wines listed in your neck of the woods, just have the Restaurateur or Wine Shop contact me via email: or have them leave a voice mail at 212-629-0200 x373 and I will get back to them.

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