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Sunday 22 September 2019
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Wine Pairing, Part III


Arizona Vines & Wines would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

As the temperatures cool and we get ready for this culinary filled family holiday, one might wonder the best wines to serve at the Thanksgiving table. Here are some ideas from our staff writer, Nathan Brugnone.

Wine Pairing, Part III: Thanksgiving 2012

As the 2012 presidential election, Social Media hootin’-n’-hollarin’ drifts down to rest like the leaves from the Sycamore trees, our collective attention draws away from the outer rabble and toward our immediate surroundings. Now is the time for friends, family, food, and reflection. We give sober thanks while planning what to serve during Thanksgiving. Here are a few wines to consider:

Beaujolais: This red Burgundian wine made from Gamay grapes is a classic to serve with turkey and lighter game meats. With Grand Crus (French for great growth) running around $15 per bottle, this is an easy wine with which to please the connoisseur.

Pinot Noir: Referred to as Red Burgundy when from Burgundy, Pinot Noir is light enough so as not to overpower subtleties in the meal, while adding the occasional Earthy dimension.

Torrontes: This Argentinian white grape is thought to be related to the Muscat grape. Similarly, this wine is aromatic, acidic, and affordable, making it great for those with families as large as Mitt Romney’s or the Octomom’s.

Grenache: Grenache, a lighter red wine, can vary greatly in character, depending upon its terroir, its handlers, its wine crafters and its drinkers. In Spain, where it’s called Garnacha, Grenache is meatier, peppery and medium-to-full bodied. Cooler growing regions yield a fruitier wine with notes of cranberry, spice, and wet hay, which brings me to Arizona. If you’re willing, try to get your hands on a bottle of “The Peasant 2011,” a 100% Grenache wine from Burning Tree Cellars. This wine is showing beautifully right now, and with only 75 cases produced. You can be sure it won’t be around for long.


Nathan Brugnone is a founding member of AZ Wine Makers and has produced award-winning wine. His passions include those of many Trustafarians: Music, winemaking, cuisine, writing, comedy and world peace, in that order. www.AzWineMakers.com



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