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


Kevin and I are having a virtual (er, imaginary) Thanksgiving dinner with some of our wine friends. In this edition, our retailer friends have arrived first, and they’ve brought an amazing amount of wine.

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 our retailer friends.

From Liquor Direct, we invited wine buyer Kevin Keith and his assistants Jesse and Shannon. The Party Source is represented by Danny Gold and Jay Erisman. I also invited JP from Party Town, but I suspect he doesn’t check his email that often. If I hear from him, I’ll make sure to update the post.

Tomorrow, you’ll get favorites from our other virtual attendees: the local wine bloggers. On Wednesday, we’ll give you our own recommendations in the host and hostess edition.

Some fantastic retailer favorites are after the jump.

Kevin K: Heidi Schrock Muscat 2007, Austria ($25.98)
I stumbled onto this really cool white wine that I am definitely
bringing to my mom’s for T-day. The cool thing about this wine is that
it actually is NOT, I repeat, NOT a Muscat, but a proprietary blend of
two Austrian grapes – Gelber Muskateller and Ottonel – + Sauvignon
Blanc.  The result is a seriously complex white wine with wet stone,
pineapple, papaya, starfruit, ginger, Anjou pears, nutmeg, and even
hints of white pepper.  It is medium-bodied, and even had the guts to
stand up pasta with a red meat sauce AND dried apricots for dessert
(strange eating habits when sitting in front of the TV, or maybe not
for me).  The acidity is balanced and the finish just rolls on and on.
This is definitely an out-of-the-box suggestion for the holidays but I
feel it would be a memorable one. (Liquor Direct)

Jesse: Cedric Vincent Beaujolais 2006, France ($21.99)
If you must drink a Beaujolais with Thanksgiving dinner, why not make
it a good one?  This Gamay Noir, imported by Kermit Lynch, is silky yet
jammed packed with depth and character.  Of course, we wouldn’t expect
anything else from Kermit.  We featured this wine during our tasting
this past weekend and just about sold out.  Get it while you still can!
(Liquor Direct)

Shannon: Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne 2006, France ($21.98)
This gem of a pinot noir lends itself perfectly to Thanksgiving fair.
Pairing well with turkey, cool weather and great people, no one will be
disappointed by this medium-bodied burgundy.  Offering something of a
cool-climate nose, a juicy palate with a touch of earth, and a smooth,
round finish, even Bordeaux-loving Uncle Barry will be impressed with
this wine. (Liquor Direct)

Jay: (two wines)
Ramsay Pinot Noir, North Coast 2006, California ($17.99)
Ramsay Pinot Noir is a terrific Thanksgiving wine, and I have the scars
to prove it. In 2001, my first holiday season at The Party Source,
Ramsay was all the rage with our staff and customers. Case after case
of this well-balanced, juicy, Pinot Noir left the store. In the midst
of the biggest wine selling days of the year, it felt like Cincinnati
was inhaling Ramsay Pinot Noir. Well, despite our enormous warehouse,
we of course ran out of Ramsay the day before Thanksgiving. A concerned
elderly customer came asking for more Ramsa – nothing else would do for
her family but this terrific Pinot value. I had to inform her that,
sadly, we had run out of Ramsay – and then she smacked me! True story.
I’m pleased to say that the 2006 Ramsay is better than ever, and seven
years later is still a square deal. (The Party Source)

Ecker Grüner Veltliner, Austria/Weinland, 2007 liter ($12.99)
Anyone looking for a dry, savory, insanely good value white wine for
their holiday table should consider the fat liter bottle of Ecker’s
2007 Grüner Veltliner. Master importer Terry Theise offered a perfect
description of this wine which I shall borrow: "Slim and racy, spring
water strained through herbs." The lithe, thyme/green bean/mineral
flavors of Grüner are backed by fairly generous ripe fruit in a zesty,
bone-dry palate. Matched against such tough Thanksgiving customers as
The Green Bean Casserole, Ecker suggests: have seconds. (The Party Source)

Danny: (three wines!)
Belle Vallee Pinot Noir 2006, Oregon ($23.99)
If you have a big buffet and need a red to quench, Pinot Noir is
perfect and Belle Vallee is hands down the best value in Pinot out of
Oregon. With heavy cuisine the smart way to go is light on the wine and
although this Pinot is dense, it’s rich fruit and excellent oak and
earth foundation will satisfy the full bodied red desire. If the budget
falls around $10, try Alfredo Roca from Argentina. (The Party Source)

Kerpen Riesling Spatlese "Artist Label" 2006, Germany ($29.99)
No question the best Riesling comes from Germany with Australia,
Washington, Alsace and Austria rounding out the top 5. Kerpen is
mouthwatering with it’s unparallelled balancing act of honey, kiwi and
mango making it the ultimate beverage with cuisine ranging from
baked/fried turkey to sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. For
any non believers out there, this Riesling is devine and will make any
Thanksgiving special. If on a budget, try a drier style in Kung Fu Girl from Washington. At  $13, it’s single-handedly the best dry Riesling from the U.S. (The Party Source)

Mulderbosch Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa ($12.99)
Pink wine? I know the image and reputation for this colored wine has
been in the dog house for decades. But people are starting to discover
that pink is a color and not a flavor. Mulderbosch takes the full
bodied varietal that we all know and love and turn into a dramatic,
elegant Rosé. Much like Champagne, a truly perfected Rosé is one of the
most elegant food friendly cocktails on the planet. (The Party Source)

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