As Thanksgiving is this week, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a few simple suggestions for your wine needs especially if you’re tasked with bringing the wine. We’re just going to assume you’ll want both white and red (if you’re doing it right), white Burgundy and Beaujolais from France are perfect. You’ll seem dashing and worldly while at the same time you’ll be enjoying some tasty vino that will pair well with the meal and the company at your Thanksgiving get together. These wines are versatile enough to pair with many different foods as well as being crowd pleasers. Beaujolais especially, is a great all purpose wine and has undergone a kind of quality renaissance in recent years. The white Burgundies made from Chardonnay are a great step up in eloquence and style from the typical California Chardonnay at most Thanksgiving dinner tables.
Here at Plaza Liquor we have also been eagerly expanding our white Burgundy section especially in our Reserve Room where we now have four of Louis Jadot’s upper tier wines available including: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts, Chablis Fourchaume and the Beaune Domaine Gagey.
Louis Jadot White Burgundy –
Pouilly-Fuissé – On Sale for $27.99 per bottle – Save $3.00
A great white wine to pair with turkey and stuffing, aromas of roasted nuts with hints of white flowers. Has a light golden color with flavors of red apples and apricot with some melon and citrus mixed in. It’s very balanced, lightly oaked with just the right amount of minerality and flavor from the lees.
Mâcon-Villages – $14.99 per bottle
A great value white wine made from Chardonnay, compare to a similarly priced California Chardonnay such as Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve. Medium bodied with apple and pear flavors. Creamy with good acid and balance with hints of stone fruit.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais –
Morgon Côte du Py – $22.99 per bottle
This is a really nice Cru Beaujolais from the area of Morgon. Mineral aromas are very pronounced with floral hints. Flavors of dark fruit flow under a nice bit of raspberry that is then balanced out with acidity and a bit of spice at the end. Definitely a wine that could change your mind about the quality of Beaujolais as it shows more complexity and finish than the typical wine made from the Gamay grape. Suggested serving temperature is 16 – 17 °C. Cru Beaujolais is the more exalted tier of these wines.
Côte du Py is considered most representative of the Morgon Cru, it sits at the highest point in Morgon atop an extinct volcano where hard, black soils produce complex, structured, age-worthy reds.
Beaujolais Nouveau – $11.99 per bottle
Vibrant red fruits such as strawberries and currants on the palate and an intense perfume make this wine a perfect accompaniment for cheese, charcuterie and traditional holiday fare. Beaujolais Nouveau is a French tradition that celebrates the first wine of a new vintage, a vin de primeur. This fresh and fruity wine is bottled only a few weeks after harvest and is meant to be enjoyed immediately upon release. Just a fun wine not to be taken too seriously and meant to be enjoyed with companionship, perfect for any Thanksgiving holiday.