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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

Making Thanksgiving Difficult

JUST KIDDING! But how many emails have you received from merchants who will purportedly make Thanksgiving easy? Are they gonna show up, cook your feast and steer all conversations? I think not...

We will try our best to make wine simple for you, we promise. The easiest way to choose your Thanksgiving wines might be to get in touch with us in advance and let us know what you're thinking. If you want to know some of what we're thinking, read on.

Refreshment and enjoyment are key factors to beverage pairing. Occasionally you can find amazing pairings that amplify flavor, but for the most part we believe you should concentrate on drinking things you like and avoiding clashes. For these reasons we recommend fresh unoaked whites, light reds and sparkling wines for Thanksgiving. If, however, you want to drink buttery Chardonnay and Napa Cab, please let us know, we're happy to help. If you are keen to heed our advice, we'll make a deal: buy one bottle of Luigi Maffini Kratos, one bottle of Gamay, and one bottle of sparkling wine of any sort, and we'll knock 10% off your purchase. See below for more info, and a few suggestions:

Luigi Maffini 'Kratos' 2020 - $22

We always adore this wine. Every vintage is remarkable, and it gains more and more fans every year. We think everyone should try it, thus the deal we propose hinges on buying a bottle of Kratos. Made from Fiano, surely one of Italy's greatest grapes, white or red, Maffini's Kratos displays this cultivar's virtues with aplomb. Fresh and zippy, but dense and textural at the same time, the interplay of citrus and ripe succulent stone fruits is so engaging, and the contrast between saline and creamy notes keeps you coming back to the glass. This is a wine to serve to connoisseurs and amateurs alike, it is one of the most convincing examples of Fiano you will find. Try it, drink it, hoard it.

Chermette Beaujolais Primeur (Nouveau) 'Griottes' 2021 - $15

Forget about the big names when it comes to Beaujolais Nouveau; they are not worth your time. If you want Nouveau, go for a grower. We always get a small amount Chermette Griottes, and it is always an easy recommendation for Thanksgiving. Lively and fruity, dry and crisp, it is built to refresh, and it will get the job done. This wine will qualify for the deal we propose, but we'll let you choose any Gamay (mostly Beaujolais, but we have one rare bird from the Northern Rhone if you want to tickle the wine geek in your life, is it you?) to get the deal done.

Bonnet-Ponson Champagne Extra Brut Rosé 'Cuvee Perpetuelle' NV - $55

From premier cru vineyards farmed organically (certified since 2016) by the Bonnet family, this beautiful pink wine captures the fruity side of rosé Champagne. Made from 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier, it features aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry, and red currants, as well as subtle notes of fresh herbs and toasted spices. Refreshing and easy-going, it is a perfect wine for Thanksgiving, and will surely please a crowd.

Christophe Mignon Champagne Brut Rosé 'ADN de Meunier' NV - $72

Wild and wonderful, this wine showcases the savory side of rosé Champagne. Making the most (and then some) of Champagne's underdog grape, Pinot Meunier, this wine features ripe fruit alongside copious floral and herbal notes, as well as delectable meaty and fungal nuances. It has a fair amount of red wine character, which makes sense, as this wine is made pink by adding a small amount of red Pinot Meunier to a blanc de noirs base. This is what I'm taking to my family for Thanksgiving. I expect it will be amazing with turkey, especially the drumsticks and thighs. If you can't tell, we think pink Champagne might be the best option for a Thanksgiving bubbly, but you can choose any sparkling wine to complete our Thanksgiving deal.

The deal: buy 1 Luigi Maffini Kratos, 1 Gamay, and 1 sparkling wine of any sort, and we'll take 10% off your order. Lots of options, and we're happy to advise. Told you we would make it diffi... ahem... easy!

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