Highlighting just how much we actually drink..
Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois 2013 Chiroubles from Beaujolais, France (~$24) is a Gamay big aromas of earth, spice and mushrooms. The palate is soft with elegant notes of dark berries, mushrooms and forest floor. Smooth, dry tannins are balanced on the soft, textured finish.
Self control is a whole lot harder when you don’t have to share. Same goes for wine, especially when it’s super yummy.. Like this calzone was…. Flowers Perennial Red from Sonoma County, California (~$30) is creamy and rich, with notes of baked red berries, soft baking spices and a hint of earth. Baked fruits, sweet spices and mushrooms are all balanced on the long full finish. This red is complex, but still easy drinking enough for a night of movies and calzones with this cutie:
There are deep aromas of blackberry and cherry with hints of earth and spice on Adelsheim’s Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon (~$50). The palate is light-bodied and fresh with notes of berries and cherries with cardamom, white pepper spice and a touch of earth. At 7 years old, this is still drinking beautifully and certainly could’ve lasted in the cellar even longer! Plus, look at the beautiful artwork of Elizabeth Adelsheim by Ginny Adelsheim! Gorgeous!
Once thought to be extinct, Ruché was recently rediscovered and cultivated. There is some debate on where it originates: France or Italy, but it’s primarily grown in Piedmonte, Italy. La Mondianese Ruché (~$20) is rich and full-bodied with notes of wild berries, black pepper and tobacco. The palate is soft with firm tannins and a moderate acidity. A great match for hearty beef dishes, mushrooms and hard Italian cheese.
Cranberry lemonade mimosas to kick off hosting our first Thanksgiving. I made a cranberry simple syrup last week and I’ve used it in pretty much everything since then. Recipe below!
Anne Amie’s Estate Pinot Blanc from Willamette Valley, Oregon (~$15) is a fantastic turkey wine. Its medium body with sweet fruit flavors make a perfect pairing. Crisp and light, with notes of lychee, baked and fresh apples, quince and orange zest. The palate is fresh with a bright acidity and lingering notes of lychee and tropical fruits.
Dutton Goldfield’s Emerald Ranch Pinot Noir from Sonoma Country, California (~$30) is soft and elegant with notes of baked cherries, blackberry, mushroom and earth. The palate is light but creamy with a long, smooth finish of pepper and baking spices.
Cocktail of the Week!
What’s better for Thanksgiving than Cranberries? I made a Pomegranate Sangria for a friends-giving, but you can use this cranberry simple syrup in all your favorite drinks. Mix it with fresh squeezed lime juice and vodka for a fall gimlet!
Cranberry Simple Syrup
- 1 Cup fresh Cranberries
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Water
Stir over medium heat until the cranberries just begin to burst. Strain out the cranberries and store the simple syrup in a sealed container in the fridge.