Each year, the big holiday dinner is exactly the same, and that’s the way we like it.
The host may be different, but Mom always brings the pies and I always bring the wine. No matter the size of your group or style of your dinner (fine china or TV trays in front of the game), there is something for every taste and budget. This month’s wine selections are from France 44 Wines & Spirits, 4351 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-925-3252, france44.com.
Trefethen Dry Riesling 2009
From: Napa Valley, California
Flowery with a bit of honey and apple on your nose, but dry on your palate, this wine goes great with turkey or ham and has something fun for all types of white wine drinkers.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2008
From: Alsace, France
There’s a lot going on here, from spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon to a hint of pepper. This is a complex white with citrus and apple notes as well. It could age for years to come but should be a treat that will hold up through Thanksgiving dinner and go all the way to your extra piece of apple pie.
Cline Oakley fiveReds 2008
From: Sonoma, California
Breakdown: 30% merlot, 18% zinfandel, 17% barbera, 15% alicante bouschet, 10% petite sirah
Everything in the field went in this bottle. It’s a simple style with a medium body and lots of strawberry fruit and spice. It will make your red wine–drinking uncle happy, and at this price you won’t hesitate to open the next bottle.
Henry Fessy Morgon 2008
From: Morgon, Beaujolais, France
Breakdown: 100% gamay
This is a world-class wine. It has big blueberry and plum fruit, with spice and earth to back it up. Grab another glass, because your sister who “really didn’t think she liked wine”
will finish it before your next bite of stuffing.