January 19, 2018

November Wine of the Month Club Selections Have Arrived at Tinnell’s Finer Foods!

November, 2012 Wine of the Month Club Selections and Tasting notes

Featuring “Happy Thanksgiving” Wines!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What is the perfect Thanksgiving wine?  Choosing a perfect wine to pair with Thanksgiving meals can seem like a daunting task.  The variety of textures and tastes often leave one wondering what the ideal choice might be.  For me the perfect pairings are a Pinot Noir and a dry to semi-dry Riesling.

Pinot Noir, by its very nature lighter than most reds, features good fruit flavors accompanied by a deep earthiness which lends itself to natural pairing with turkey and ham as well as with most typical holiday side dishes.  In particular, it teams up beautifully with fall vegetables, squashes and cranberries.

Riesling, on the other hand, is typified by a bracing acidity followed up by beautiful fruit and mineral undertones.  This combination (combined with affordability) makes Riesling one of the best food wines on Earth.  Salty appetizers, cheese-based dishes, sweet potatoes, maple glaze on the turkey – Riesling handles them all equally well.

Our goal this year – within the price constraints of the Wine of the Month Club – was to find the best wines possible for the Thanksgiving table.  We are very happy to present these two wines to you and highly recommend that you save them for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration!

Waimea Estates 2009 Takutai Riesling
Nelson, New Zealand

Takutai Riesling

Takutai Riesling

Waimea Estates is one of Nelson’s largest producers with over 140 hectares (345 acres) of their own vineyards.  The cool climate and alluvial soils of Nelson’s Waimea plains combined with the longest sunshine hours in New Zealand allow vibrant, fruit-focused wines to be made.  Waimea’s export varieties are based on highly awarded Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and Waimea has now gathered 99 Gold Medals and 20 Trophies across seven different wine styles – proving the versatility Waimea and the Nelson region provides.

 For the Takutai (“ta-coo-tie”) Riesling, sweet floral aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle mingle with lime and wild honey above a background of mandarin and candied apple.  A very faint touch of residual sweetness makes this wine quite versatile.  You will find what sweetness there is to be beautifully balanced by a bright acidity followed by a mineral-driven edge and a long finish.  The perfect Riesling for Thanksgiving!

 Club price: $13.99 (Regular price: $15.99)

Kingston Family Vineyards 2008 Tobiano Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley, Chile

Tobiano Pinot Noir

Tobiano Pinot Noir

This Chilean family winery continually makes some of the best vinos Chilenos (Chilean wines) around.  Tobiano is a blend of different parcels within the greater Kingston vineyard, those which meet their standards but aren’t used for their top bottling, “Alazan.”  According to Courtney Kingston, her wines show a “gout de Casablanca,” a distinctly smoky and mineral tinged quality which she believes mark her red wines.  If you’re looking for a Pinot with a wonderful balance between fruit, mineral and earthy/savory flavors, then look no further.  According to Wine Enthusiast: “Common but clean aromas of tea and black cherry give this fuller-bodied Pinot a good start.  The palate is semi-soft and plump, with ripe, fat, black fruit flavors of plum and black tea.  A meaty, round wine with good acidity and structure.”

 Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $16.99)

For information on the Wine of the Month Club please visit this link: Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club 

Adam Markham, Beverage Manager,
Tinnell’s Finer Foods – 540.345.7334 – adammarkham@live.com

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  1. Happy thanksgiving to all. Wine are the best to celebrate the happiness and partying. That’s very good news that wine have arrived too soon. Now its time to celebrate.

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