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Nov 25

Wine-Girl.net’s Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner: Local Blogger Edition

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Kevin and I are having a virtual (er, imaginary) Thanksgiving dinner
with some of our wine friends. Yesterday, our retailer buddies arrived first, with some amazing wine favorites in tow. In this edition, our local wine blogger friends make a big entrance, and they’ve brought some big wine with them. 

I asked each of them to "bring" their favorites for Thanksgiving
dinner. You’ll see that their tastes vary a lot, proving that there is
no right or wrong. Drink what you like, just like your local wine bloggers.

We’ve invited Tim Lemke from CheapWineRatings.com, Mike Rosenberg from The Naked Vine, and Jonathan Seeds from BestDrinkEver.net.

Tomorrow, you’ll get favorites from your host and hostess here at Wine-Girl.net, just in case you’re curious as to what we’d offer our guests.

After the jump, find the outstanding blogger choices.

Jonathan Seeds, BestDrinkEver.net: Love it! I can’t just bring one wine, with all you winos….I’ve got a spread:

Bubbles: Marc Hebrart Brut NV ‘Cuvee de Reserve" ~$40ish
Excellent Pinot Noir-based Grower-Champagne. The bottle wont last 5 minutes. Sprightly, rich and toasty nose – one of those wines you could smell
for hours. Very red-fruit-driven, strawberries and right-off-the-tree
red apples. (Full review)

White: Dönnhoff ‘Oberhäuser Brücke’ Spätlese, 2006 ~$45-50ish
An extraordinary and super-versatile Nahe Riesling. Dazzling and complex on the nose, with pineapple, lime, and green apple
on the top end and a substantial base of red cherry, red apple, and red
currant. Even strawberry. Vivid like a kaleidoscope, but hard to pin
down definitively. (Full review)

Red: Chateau Thivin – Cotes-du-Brouilly, Cru Beaujolais ~$20ish
Gamay is way under-rated and a typically a great turkey wine. This is Cru BoJo  serious…it’s not the Nouveau swill. Delicate floral nose. High-toned palate, with pure and light cherry
flavors supported by a tremendous acidic backbone. Graphite and
lavender. Floral, beautiful and fresh.(Full review)


Tim Lemke, CheapWineRatings.com:
(two wines)
I can tell by the traffic patterns on my site that people are interested in Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving, but my recommendation is going to Sauvignon Blanc this year. It’s dry and flavorful, with a variety of melon, mango, peach, pear and citrus flavors. The ones I like best have a little bit of a mineral characteristic to them as well. The bright flavors will pair perfectly with turkey and enhance its flavors. And it’s not hard to find a great Sauvignon Blanc at a reasonable price. With Sauvignon Blanc fresh is best, so get the most recent vintage you can find (i.e. 2008 if it’s available, otherwise 2007).

Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008, New Zealand, $11 or less
The nose has both outstanding intesity and complexity.  I’m first
struck by a combination of vegetal/cut grass aroma—much like you’d
expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc—along with mango, melon and
peach.  There is also a flinty minerality as well as a touch of citrus. The palate has perfect acidity.  The flavors are primarily melon,
mango and peach, followed by a mid-palate mineral and peach that
lingers into a long finish.  Some past vintages have been dinged for
having a short finish, but I didn’t find that to be the case with this
one. (Full review)

Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2007, California, $15 or less
The nose on this wine has outstanding intensity and a beautiful bouquet
of peach, pear and a slightly nutty characteristic.  Based on the
aromas, I could easily imagine enjoying this with pears, walnuts and
bleu cheese.  The palate brings a very bright and refreshing acidity
along with the flavors of slightly unripe peach, pear, mango and a hint
of mineral.  The finish is very long and adds a subtle apple flavor to
the mix. (Full review)

Mike Rosenberg, The Naked Vine:

DeLoach 2005 Zinfandel, $10 or less
I’m really impressed by this zin. I think this is a really interesting wine. It’s a "bridge Zin," in my
opinion. The Sweet Partner in Crime said that it "could pass for a big
pinot." It’s not as big, inky, or powerful as a lot of Zins. What it is
– fruity without being cloying and big without being overwhelming.
Lots of cherry and blackberry flavors on both the nose and body, with a
slightly smoky finish. I found this wine on sale locally. At $9, it’s a
bargain. At the $7 I found it for, it’s stealing. (Full review)

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Posted by Michelle at 8:00 am in Cincinnati, Local, Wine Blogs, Wine Notes | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “Wine-Girl.net’s Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner: Local Blogger Edition”

  1. lauren says:

    This is so fun! I’m going to surprise my parents and my bf’s parents with one or two of these selections… way to make me look like a star and score points with the family, Michelle! :)

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