WineGuyMike’s Thanksging Day wine selections with Rob Hudson

Here are a few of WineGuyMike and Rob’s favorite wines to go with your Thanksgiving Day dinner.  Remember if you like red wine you will want to choose a wine that is light to medium bodied, has a good balance of fruit and acid.  A white wine that pairs well with Thanksgiving Day dinner should be rich, lush, and slightly tart. 

Thanksgiving Day wines on Montana Today; 

Thanksgiving Day Wines

2008 Balletto Gewurztraminer

The aroma of Lychee fruit, guava, red pear and granny smith apple aromas are ever present in this wine. Bright fruit and citrus flavors highlight the dominate aromas of this beautiful Gewurztraminer.  Once in your mouth tropical flavors from the nose translate to the palate and are accompanied by subtle tangerine and lemon.

The wine is lush in texture yet light, balanced tannins and a delightful finish of toffee, lingering apple, and pear make this a perfect wine to compliment your thanksgiving turkey and all of the lovely side dishes.

2009 Balletto Pinot Gris

This Pinot Gris is a complex, pale, straw-colored wine that opens with musky and exotic fresh fig and floral honey tones.  The secondary aromas reveal ripe red apple, melon and lemon. The aromas are ever-changing and intoxicating, and on the palate this wine is lush and perfectly viscous with a dose of tartness that balances and holds the wine together.

2010 Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

This dark, garnet-colored Pinot Noir is floral with aromas of rose petals, spice, ginger, cassis and fruit aromas of raspberry.  There is a bit of dusty earth with just hint of vanilla too. This wine is showy with a seamless viscosity that is balanced with a healthy bit of tartness to keep the wine fresh and lively. It’s full in the palate with fine, coco-powder-like tannins.  A long beautiful finish.

Here is another wine that will pair nicely with a Thanksgiving meal and guests will certainly enjoy.

2010 Hugel Gentil

The Hugel Gentil revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines produced from a blend of noble varietals were called “Gentil”.

Hugel Gentil is a traditional Alsace blend of primarily Gewurztraminer paired with varying amounts of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner.

The Gentil blend of Noble grapes from Alsace region display a light youthful color in the glass and is ripe with floral, fruit and notes of spice.  This wine is rich, yet dry with a hint of lemon zest and mineral is the perfect complement for your dinner.  This is an outstanding Thanksgiving wine selection.

2010 Hestia Cellars Chenin Blanc

This is a beautiful medium body Chenin Blanc.  Rich aromas of melon, nectarine, and soft honey notes yet remains dry and crisp.  Ripe with citrus and grapefruit this wine has generous acidity.  The Hestia Chenin Blanc has great balanced and is the perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.

Reynvaan wines are made by Matt Reynvaan who was noted as one of the top 30 winemakers under 30 years old in the world last year.  All three of these Syrah wines are some of the best in the world.  Each wine is blended with Viognier, Rousanne, or Marsanne which are white wine varietals.  This is traditional in the Northern Rhone of France.  All three of these wines are very special.

Syrah Walla Walla Valley The Contender 2008

Ripe and expressive, offering a plush, soft mouthful of stony mineral, cola and sassafras flavors, with a welling up of black cherry and dark plum character as the finish persists impressively.  Delivers depth, power and elegance.

Syrah Walla Walla Valley In The Rocks 2008

Smooth and expressive, with layers of cherry, sassafras, black olive and black pepper gliding over a polished frame, lingering enticingly.  Offers depth and elegance, without excess weight.

Syrah Walla Walla Valley The Unnamed Syrah 2008

Brimming with rich berry flavors and scads of mineral notes, this sets up a marvelous tension between the two flavor poles and remains electric through the long, expressive finish.  Shows depth, roundness and a distinctive profile on a polished frame.

"from my table to yours" Happy Thanksgiving

"from my table to yours" Happy Thanksgiving


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