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Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

by Nannette Eaton on November 17, 2010

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson

In a week, America will gathered around the dining table to give thanks.  The entrée and the sides are pretty much set in tradition, but your choices for wine are pretty much unlimited.  Sure, the classics: pinot noir, Beaujolais Nouveau, and zinfandel all have their place at the table, but this year we suggest sparkling wine.  Not just for the traditional first glass, but for the whole meal.  Sparkling wine is perfect for roasted turkey, potatoes and stuffing; but the effervesce cuts the cloying sweetness of cranberry sauce and yams and works well with the vegetables Brussels sprouts and asparagus.

Here are some of the Wine Harlots favorite domestic sparkling wine producers:  Iron Horse is a classic producer, situated in Green Valley in the Russian River, with lovely wines, the most famous is their Wedding Cuvée.  Mumm Napa always delivers a festive quaff.  J Vineyards is an elegant brand – both the label and liquid.  Schramberg is the standard bearer in American sparkling wines, and Oregon’s Argyle is always awesome.  As Washington State natives, we are big fans of Domaine Ste Michelle and think their brut is hands-down the best value for a sparkling wine, under a Hamilton on the West Coast and rivals wines that cost twice or more.

Watch ths space!  On Friday, the San Diego Wine Mafia will be sampling a couple of dozen bubbles in our first annual Sparkling Spectacular.  We’ll be talking about the standouts so you can be in-the-know for all of your holiday events.