Thanksgiving Day Wines

Thanksgiving Day Wine 

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away.  Although it is not my favorite holiday, I still really love any excuse to get my family together over some great food and wine.  We always make a traditional turkey dinner which goes well with a lot of different wines depending on your taste.  Most of my family are red wine lovers so I tend to serve up a nice hearty cabernet with the option of a lighter pinot noir. Below I have hand picked some of my favorites for some inspiration for your own Thanksgiving table!

White Wine:

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, $24.09

Impressively intense and focused, with vibrant Meyer lemon notes up front, followed by pineapple, green apple skin, dried apricot and green tea details, coming together on the smooth, spicy, juicy finish.  A must for all sav blanc lovers!

Santa Margherita, $20.10

This dry white wine has a straw yellow color. Its clean, intense aroma and bone-dry taste (with an appealing flavor of Golden Delicious apples) make Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio a wine of great personality and versatility.  This wine is a real crowd pleaser!

Rosé:

Whispering Angel, $21.99

Aromas of chalk, stone, light strawberry and lemon follow through to a full body and tangy acidity with plenty of flavor at the finish. Lively and delicious.  This is hands down my favorite rosé!

Pinot Noir:

The Competitor, $14.99

The Competitor is a Pinot Noir that drinks as smoothly as velvet, with succulent red fruit flavors, bright mineral notes and a delicious, pleasing finish that goes on and on. This is a win-win that pairs with everything from spicy food and fish courses to lightly grilled meats and red sauce-based dishes.  Goes well with the hearty turkey!

Cabernet Sauvignon:

Liberty School, $12.09

The Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black cherry, plum and violets, followed by subtle flavors of strawberry and allspice. Firm yet supple tannins finish off this approachable fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon, making it ideal for a variety of food pairings.  A classic cab!  This is one of my go-to bottles!

Stag Leap Artemis, $46.09

This medium bodied Cabernet exhibits notes of plum, cherry and dark chocolate.  This bottle is on the pricier side, but perfect for a holiday or special occasion.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xx,

Colleen

Sancerre At Seabird

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My search for the perfect outdoor sidewalk table continues this week with a stop in at Seabird restaurant in Greenwich Village, NYC.  Seabird is a Mediterranean restaurant with a bistro like atomsphere and a beachy vibe.  Even though the menu predominately focuses on seafood (which I don't eat), the outdoor seating makes this place the perfect pit stop for a glass of wine on a nice sunny day.   On this visit I ordered a glass of the Raimbault Sancerre and sat right outside under the awning and watched everyone walking up and down 6th avenue.  Since I was making a stop while running errands, I had on a super casual outfit.  This Michael Stars top is one of my favorite purchases this summer. The shoulder cut outs are perfect for heading into the fall season and the color adds a great pop to the outfit.  Pair it with destroyed denim and metallic sandals for maximum shine.  To shop the wine, or this look click the links above and below.

Raimbault et. Fils Sancerre, $20 purchase

What The Experts Say:

This classic Sancerre wine is white, bracingly acidic, and has pungent aromas of gooseberries, grass, nettles, and a hint of stony minerality. 

What I Say:

I recently started drinking Sancerre to switch things up from my typical rosé.  This glass was so crisp and refreshing!  It was perfect for this hot summer day.  With notes of lemon and pear, it is perfect for pairing with seafood or a chicken dish.  Two thumbs up!

xx,

Colleen

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Terlano Pinot Bianco at Rosemary's NYC

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There is nothing I love more than sitting outside at a restaurant in the West Village and sipping on some crisp white wine with cheese and bread.  Rosemary's is one of my favorite spots for this activity.  Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Rosemary’s is an Italian restaurant with a rooftop farm that serves up fresh seasonal dishes.  The wine list offers an abundance of Italian wines at affordable price points as well as reserve wines if you want to dial things up a notch.  Today I chose the 2016 Terlano Pinot Bianco from Italy paired with Ricotta Fresca and Humble Pie cheese.  I am obsessed with the lavender spiced honey and bread they serve with the cheese.  Everything tastes so fresh and is perfect for a Saturday afternoon bite.  Today it was super hot so I wore my favorite distressed Current Elliot jeans and Splendid tank top.  To add a fun pop of shine I wore an embellished pair of sandals and layered on my rings and jewelry.  To shop the look or wine click the links above and below.

Terlano Pinot Bianco $20, purchase 

What The Experts Say:

With wonderful aromas of apple cider, chalk and lemon zest, this clean and focused wine expands on the palate to reveal warm apple crisp, clove and quince nuances. Possessing a long, concentrated citrus finish, this wine pairs perfectly with roasted pork, shellfish and egg-based sauces or as a charming cocktail beverage.

What I Say:

This is the perfect wine for a hot summer day!  Crisp and refreshing with notes of green apples and citrus.  Perfect with ricotta cheese and honey.

xx,

Colleen

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South African Chenin Blanc

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Lately I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and try new wines that I have never experienced before.   When summer comes around I am always more likely to gravitate towards rosé and white wine so this Chenin Blanc was a perfect way to step out of my normal routine and try a new wine for summer.  

Chenin blanc is a white wine that is grown throughout the world, most notably in the Loire Valley of France and South Africa.  Because of its high acidity, the wine can take on a variety of styles including dry whites, dessert, and sparkling.   It is the most widely planted grape in South Africa where they have spent time over the years perfecting the process to compete with some of the top Chenin wine in the world.   The Chenin that I am tasting today is Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc from South Africa.  This Chenin is super versatile so it can be paired with a variety of food.  I think it would match perfectly with seafood, salads and sharper cheeses.  Today I paired it with Catamount Hills cheese with notes of swiss and parmesan and a Bellavitano black pepper cheese to add a little zest.  This is the perfect wine and app combination for a hot summer day! 

Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2016, $17.99 , purchase

What The Experts Say:

Brightly defined, with delicious quince, persimmon and green almond notes forming a core that is threaded with quinine and white ginger details. A light touch of toast on the finish lets the fruit and minerality play out.

What I Say:

I always like trying new things, and I have to say I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this wine.  If you are a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc lover, than I suggest you try this South African Chenin Blanc.  It was slightly acidic with strong fruit notes.  Even though it was fruity, it was fairly dry had a lot of zest! 

xx,

Colleen