2012 Thanksgiving Day Wine Picks!

Here it is! Our Annual Thanksgiving/Shopping Spree wines {previous post} that are ‘musts’ this year (plus a few extras)!  As you will notice sparklings and reds fill the list but that won’t stop us from finding the perfect whites for your Thanksgiving Day table!

So take a peek while you wait for the outcome of the Presidential Election… It might make time go by faster!


  • J Vineyards ‘Cuvée 20’: Spotted, the last 25th Anniversary bottle of J Cuvée sold to and sipped by 4 wonderfully shopped out ladies at Glenmere Mansion. After our trip to Woodbury it was so refreshing to see J Vineyards on the menu in the tavern at Glenmere.  Anything J is truly a must serve as an aperitif while enjoying your homemade hors d’oeuvres before the turkey carving.  This Cuvée has a rustic mouth feel all around with its toasty almond like hints then ventures over to the honeysuckle and grapefruit flavors which give it life and zest!  Buy online now to enjoy in time for Thanksgiving! {here} 


  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Sipped and tried a few months ago {here}.  Had to pick a full bottle up to taste while the ‘hostess with the mostest’ prepared!  Not to mention it was her birthday celebration and this of course did the trick for that as well! Surprise!

Red Wine

  • Bonterra 2010 Merlot, Mendocino County : This spectacular Merlot is crafted from certified organically grown grapes and it is one of the better Merlot’s I have tried.  I received this wine for a twitter tasting with Thirsty Girl and Bonterra Organic Vineyards and we were all blown away by the wine’s dark berry flavors of cherry and plum and it’s smoothness in it’s finish filled with lovely tannins.  We are calling it a “Merlot for non-merlot lovers” and we are sticking to it! I highly recommend this wine with your main dish this Thanksgiving as it’s pleasant balance will put a smile on everyone’s faces! {still interested}?
  • Swanson Vineyards, 101 Points Red Wine; Add a little fun to the Thanksgiving day table with this predominately Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  A very rich and sweet wine with hints of exotic spice, raspberry and black cherry makes this a great match with your juicier dark meat of the turkey. Not to mention, this wine adds a delicate yet elegant red color to your Tgiving table; $25 per bottle online.
  • Mark West Pinot Noir: Makes the list again as it is a staple on the Thanksgiving day table! Everyone loves it! {more Mark West and last year’s wine picks}

I will be trying more holiday wines and reporting back from the Food Network Magazine’s Holiday Tasting in NYC next week so stay tuned on more fun holiday wines! Hopefully I’ll have luck finding some more white wines for all of you white lovers!

Stay tuned and happy prepping!

Early T-Day Wine Picks!

At our annual Thanksgiving and Woodbury Commons Spree weekend, we previewed a few wines that we will certainly request on our TGiving dinner table this year… Here was the outcome (of the wines, not the shopping that would be far too long of a post!)…

Ruinart Champagne Brut Blanc de Blanc: To start off our lovely tradition and meal we toasted  our pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving with a special aperitif from the oldest established Champagne house in the world – Ruinart.  With extreme bubbles and hints of a minerals and fruit, we got our hunger going for what was to be a feast of a meal (as it always is)!

Mark West Pinot Noir: His motto is true to its taste – “Pinot For the People” and should be a staple not only on the Thanksgiving Day table but in your wine cabinet as well!  It’s oaky notes and rich spice with hints of vanilla and lots of fruity/cherry flavors will be superb with your Turkey and gravy dinner!  Outstanding to drink throughout the entire feast

Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009: This is also a nice alternative to a Mark West with lots of spice and strawberry flavors and is amazingly smooth!  I would suggest pairing this with the darker meat of the turkey!  Delish!

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvingon 2009: This was supposed to be a fun Halloween wine (we skipped on Halloween this year so figured I had to bring something ‘spooky’) but it turned into a pleasant Thanksgiving wine that can be enjoyed after dinner when you are taking a break between dinner and dessert! Start enjoying right before  dessert,  take it with you into dessert and enjoy with some pumpkin pie, blueberry pie and dark chocolate!

Still searching for that perfect Thanksgiving Day Wine… Food & Wine Online has a list of easy to find TDay wines that will do the trick! {here}

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