Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

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#1 Post by Brian DesPlaines » November 16th, 2020, 8:48 pm

Given that many of us are likely enjoying the holiday at home, or with smaller groups, I thought it would be interesting to see what was on everyone’s wine menu.

Personally, we’ll need to plan differently, since we’ll only be with immediate family. However, the current COVID environment also means we’re not traveling, which takes driving out of the equation & opens up options to audible to other bottles in the cellar at any point.

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#2 Post by Jason T » November 17th, 2020, 1:47 am

We will be with a few good friends who have been in a bubble with us since we got to New Orleans. Some Champagne and also a great opportunity to check in on my favourite Oregon Pinots.
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#3 Post by Mattstolz » November 17th, 2020, 3:59 am

depends a little bit on what we're eating, but for the weekend of the holiday I have lined up 2013 Sky Zin, Chantereves Bourgogne, Castellina Villa 2016, Faury St Joe VV, and Vajra Albe 2016

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#4 Post by Dennis Atick » November 17th, 2020, 4:12 am

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#5 Post by Markus S » November 17th, 2020, 4:27 am

Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
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#6 Post by Anthony C » November 17th, 2020, 4:42 am

Champagne during the cooking day and a Beaucastel for the meal. Been saving both for a special occasion.

We're all alive here and my core family is closer than ever now. Certainly worth being thankful for even if everything else this year has sucked.
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#7 Post by Scott Jameson » November 17th, 2020, 4:53 am

A magnum of Kutch Pinot Noir (probably the '09 McDougall or possibly the '12 Sonoma Coast) as the main wine with the bird.

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#8 Post by Steve Crawford » November 17th, 2020, 4:59 am

Markus S wrote:
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Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
beyond the virtue signaling, why post if you aren't saying 'im drinking x,y, or z.'?

as far as myself, ill be opening some peter michael chard.

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#9 Post by Philip G » November 17th, 2020, 5:53 am

Markus S wrote:
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Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
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Bummer. I hope everyone in your family is safe and next year brings better times.

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#10 Post by Paul McCourt » November 17th, 2020, 7:21 am

Some riesling, as per usual. I'll pick which one on the day of.

We are having lamb this year. Usually I drink a bottle of Rioja with my wife's 96(!) year old aunt, but she won't be there this year, which is sad. I'll probably crack a good Bordeaux for the lamb for myself. My wife loves Failla pinot, so that for her.
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#11 Post by Paul Miller » November 17th, 2020, 7:29 am

Just my wife and I this year, and we’re cooking duck. So probably a Pinot.

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#12 Post by Dan Hammer » November 17th, 2020, 7:35 am

'10 Sojourn Ridgetop Pinot Noir. Nothing beats a Sojourn with some age on it.

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#13 Post by ChrisL » November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am

What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
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#14 Post by JeremyMullman » November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am

Last year a 2016 Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zin was a revelation at the Thanksgiving table, so we may stay in that neighborhood with a 2017 Carlisle Papera Ranch.

Will also do a Chard, possibly Smith Madrone.

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#15 Post by Lee Barnard » November 17th, 2020, 7:51 am

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
i just open a few different types/styles, generally mention what they may like, and tell them they should taste before pouring a full glass. They are welcome to drink anything, but I know my in-laws aren't going to like the 1970 Montrose. So I'd rather a full glass doesn't go down the drain.

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#16 Post by Jay Miller » November 17th, 2020, 7:56 am

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
I open good but not rare wine that I know my relatives will appreciate/enjoy.

e.g., a nice riesling. Low abv also helps with people driving.
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#17 Post by Jay Miller » November 17th, 2020, 7:58 am

Steve Crawford wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 4:59 am
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November 17th, 2020, 4:27 am
Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
beyond the virtue signaling, why post if you aren't saying 'im drinking x,y, or z.'?

as far as myself, ill be opening some peter michael chard.
I don't read that as virtue signaling at all, more looking for sympathy for an inability to have a usual Thanksgiving gathering.

Markus - As someone in the same boat you have my sympathy.
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#18 Post by SeanHarding » November 17th, 2020, 8:13 am

It'll be just the two of us, and we haven't even decided what we're eating, but I know I'm going to have to drown some sorrows in Krug.

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#19 Post by Ron Erickson » November 17th, 2020, 8:18 am

Due to smaller immediate family gatherings, how many are foregoing the traditional turkey and opting for a smaller bird, or ham? This might be a bad year for turkey producers. I'm leaning ham with a Ridge zin or a west coast pinot, but who knows. Grilled steaks or Prime rib?
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#20 Post by Kevin Patrick » November 17th, 2020, 8:19 am

Good thread idea. I need to start planning.

I think 2016 Kutch Chardonnay to get everyone started followed by some 2009 Hospice de Nuit Burgundies with dinner.

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#21 Post by Jeff_M. » November 17th, 2020, 8:24 am

I bought a magnum of 2005 Neal Howell Mountain for Turkey Day although I may save that for Xmas and open a 2006 Neal NV cab instead.
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#22 Post by Jeff_M. » November 17th, 2020, 8:25 am

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
In a normal year, we typically will have several cheap bottles from Costco and pour those instead of nicer wines for guests/family who don't appreciate the good stuff.
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#23 Post by Anthony C » November 17th, 2020, 8:26 am

Ron Erickson wrote:
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Due to smaller immediate family gatherings, how many are foregoing the traditional turkey and opting for a smaller bird, or ham? This might be a bad year for turkey producers. I'm leaning ham with a Ridge zin or a west coast pinot, but who knows. Grilled steaks or Prime rib?
Kentucky Aged Country Ham as a main. Not sure on the sides yet. Will still have a ton of leftovers but I'd rather eat ham for two weeks than turkey (which seems to dry out too fast as leftovers). We're only cooking for four. My family across the country is cooking the same meal.

Specifically we're going with a Heidseick "Gout Americain" Champagne and a 1990 Beaucastel.
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#24 Post by G. Curd » November 17th, 2020, 8:27 am

2016 Aubert Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2006 Dominus Estate Blend
Joh Jos Prum 2002 Spatelese
Joh Jos Prum 2005 Auslese for the evening.

A random selection for a small gathering of immediate family. Unfortunately no extended family this year, but would rather be safe than sorry.
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#25 Post by Dan Hammer » November 17th, 2020, 8:29 am

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
I pour a tasting of the good wine for the people that enjoy a good glass. I let them do the refill. Sometimes they may not like what I poured, that's why I do the short pour. No need to waste it. For the others (like my sister), i leave a perfectly acceptable bottle close to her and the others. I've let them taste the better wine over the years, but they're not really interested. All she wants is a glass of white or red. Oh well. I tried.
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#26 Post by Albert R » November 17th, 2020, 8:42 am

Bedrock all around! A Monte Rosso and a Cab.
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#27 Post by Steve Crawford » November 17th, 2020, 8:43 am

Jay Miller wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:58 am
Steve Crawford wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 4:59 am
Markus S wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 4:27 am
Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
beyond the virtue signaling, why post if you aren't saying 'im drinking x,y, or z.'?

as far as myself, ill be opening some peter michael chard.
looking for sympathy for an inability to have a usual Thanksgiving gathering.
well the sky is blue. this year being different is universal. but thanksgiving could be a pack of ho ho's and 2 40's of steel reserve. doesn't have to be montrachet and fried turkey with 40 members of family.
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#28 Post by Scott Jameson » November 17th, 2020, 8:53 am

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
Everybody gets the same wines. Usually there are several bottles open and people can choose what they like. This year is not usual and that means fewer people and fewer bottles open, but each guest should find something. If not, there's beer and bourbon ...

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#29 Post by Chris Seiber » November 17th, 2020, 9:04 am

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?
I wouldn't segregate the wine caliber among the guests, myself. The question to me had been whether to pour people wines they like, versus geeky wines that are theoretically a better pairing with Thanksgiving dinner food. Of course, it depends on the group in question as to which approach to take, but just for myself, I have tried and failed at the latter, and have shifted instead to the former.

Basically, my thought is "what wines go at least decently enough with the food and are wines that the people at dinner actually like to drink?" So I tend towards Champagne and then chardonnay and pinots that have good acids - those seem to work the overlap in the Venn Diagram well enough.

I can add different kinds of wines into the afternoon while cooking and into the later evening after the food. I guess those times are also your opportunity to throw in a splurge type bottle and direct it towards people who will dig it, rather than just putting that out on the table at dinnertime.

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#30 Post by Yao C » November 17th, 2020, 9:09 am

It'll be just the two of us this year, so I'm going to take a flyer on a 1989 Fonsalette Syrah with highly questionable ullage (good color though!)
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#31 Post by Markus S » November 17th, 2020, 9:24 am

Steve Crawford wrote:
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Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
beyond the virtue signaling, why post if you aren't saying 'im drinking x,y, or z.'?
Nothing to signal: if I won't be having a Thanksgiving meal, then there is nothing I'll be drinking with it. Sorry for the bummer, but that's 2020 in a nutshell.
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#32 Post by Tom Chen » November 17th, 2020, 2:09 pm

Doing the annual dry brined Diestel Family Ranch Organic Heirloom turkey (14-15 lbs). Will start the process Sunday night.

Planning on at least one of the recent Ravenswood Library Release wines (likely zin).

Also, probably a 2017 Lewis Barcaglia Chardonnay and a pinot (possibly a 2009 Marcassin MV).

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#33 Post by Sjmotta » November 17th, 2020, 2:30 pm

A different Thanksgiving in our small bubble and zooming in the older kids, but determined to press on:

- with appetizers: 2003 Bollinger Champagne RD

- with turkey dinner: 1997 Angelus and 2001 Pape Clement

- with dessert: 2006 Mr. K Strawman
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#34 Post by G. Curd » November 17th, 2020, 2:53 pm

Yao C wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 9:09 am
It'll be just the two of us this year, so I'm going to take a flyer on a 1989 Fonsalette Syrah with highly questionable ullage (good color though!)
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That is a great idea to take a chance. I hope it is a perfect bottle! If it is you will have an absolute stunner for Thanksgiving. The CT notes for that bottle show that it is in a great place and is a super bottle. [cheers.gif]
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#35 Post by T. Altmayer » November 17th, 2020, 3:30 pm

Opening an 06 Comtes while cooking and then a rose from A Tribute to Grace. I'm sure there will be others, but that is the plan for now.

Even with less people, having turkey and sides. Probably only doing one pie, but other than that it will be the same menu, just scaled back for 4.
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#36 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » November 17th, 2020, 3:51 pm

Making duck; guessing I’ll open some champ and burg, not sure which yet.

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#37 Post by Rodrigo B » November 17th, 2020, 4:15 pm

Making duck as well. Opening up a few spatlese and auslese rieslings to pair with with the Thai ginger chilli glaze. Obviously some champagne to start off, thinking 1999 Couche Sensation, and maybe something else if needed. A 46 Sobilane Rivesaltes with dessert to celebrate recent events.
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#38 Post by Ken Strauss » November 17th, 2020, 4:56 pm

Only 4 this year but still making a turkey.
I am thinking Comtes 2006 to start.
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#39 Post by Mike Evans » November 17th, 2020, 9:05 pm

I’ll just be joining my brother and his family. They’ve been getting much more interested in wine over the past year and are big fans of Rhys, so I’m bringing a 2007 Rhys Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir and a Champagne to be determined.

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#40 Post by JohnP » November 18th, 2020, 5:56 am

Picked up a Babcock Ocean Ghost a few weeks ago when I visited Santa Barbara; that will be in the lineup. Also, sourced a 98 Riojanas Rioja G.R. through RareWineCo that I hope will perform well. Maybe a Kratcher 12 for dessert.
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#41 Post by James Guthri3 » November 18th, 2020, 6:46 am

Just my wife and me at the house, with my out of state parents and brother joining via Zoom. Going to pair a turkey breast with a 1990 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva I've been wanting to try. Probably pop something else as I cook - maybe an Aubert RR chard.

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#42 Post by JPWilley » November 18th, 2020, 6:58 am

A couple of beers while cooking.
Bubbles with apps, probably an Under the Wire.
The last of my PGC '14 "Berserkers' Cuvee" with the dinner.
A fortified Port-like wine that some nutjob in McMinnville made in his garage with our apple pie and coffee. : )
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#43 Post by Rodrigo B » November 18th, 2020, 7:52 am

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A fortified Port-like wine that some nutjob in McMinnville made in his garage with our apple pie and coffee. : )
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#44 Post by Marshall Manning » November 18th, 2020, 10:18 am

Decided that we're going to pop this with roasted pheasant. If there's an occasion for a magnum bocksbeutel of GG Silvaner, I guess Thanksgiving in 2020 is it.
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#45 Post by T. Williams » November 18th, 2020, 10:46 am

There are just 4 of us this year, so a smaller group, but still reason enough to open some good wine.

We will start with bubbles, probably Laherte Freres
Then move onto 1 white and 1 red, probably a Prum Riesling and a Bedrock Heritage Zin

These are all generally crowd pleasers, not too geeky, and high quality. But...I wouldn't be offended if someone didn't finish a glass and poured it away. We don't play the "in" crowd game with wines and guests, leave that to the high schoolers.
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#46 Post by Peter C. » November 18th, 2020, 11:06 am

Jay Miller wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:58 am
Steve Crawford wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 4:59 am
Markus S wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 4:27 am
Thanksgiving is cancelled this year. Let's see what next year brings.
beyond the virtue signaling, why post if you aren't saying 'im drinking x,y, or z.'?

as far as myself, ill be opening some peter michael chard.
I don't read that as virtue signaling at all, more looking for sympathy for an inability to have a usual Thanksgiving gathering.

Markus - As someone in the same boat you have my sympathy.
+1 - my folks are in their 70s and they typically host, so just immediate fam for a year. Though we are planning something with them this Saturday outdoors with temps in the upper 50s, which for Boston in November is basically 90.
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#47 Post by Matt Snow » November 18th, 2020, 11:26 am

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beyond the virtue signaling, why post ... ?
Wow, touchy at all?

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#48 Post by Matt Snow » November 18th, 2020, 11:53 am

I will have five people, of whom one will only drink red wine, one will want a glass of red wine in front of them but will only drink Champagne as long as it lasts, and two prefer white wines, but one really likes full-bodied and the other leaner wines. With our usual 12-15 adult guests, even though most don't drink a whole lot, I can open 4 different wines and know, even with second bottles of one or more being opened, we’ll generally get through most of what we open. This year, I am guessing I'll need fridge space for the leftover wine, just as much as the food. Which is ok; something will be better the next day!

I like Zinfandel for the red, partly because of the symbolism of the "American grape" on Thanksgiving, but it also goes well with at least a good subset of the food we eat. Probably Ridge Geyserville or Bedrock Evangelho. Haven't thought hard enough about the others yet.

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Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

#49 Post by lleichtman » November 18th, 2020, 12:00 pm

Just 4 of us with traditional turkey dinner. Villmart 2005 Le Celliere to start then a Moe Ayoub 2014 Estate Pinot.
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Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

#50 Post by Keith A k e r s » November 18th, 2020, 12:06 pm

ChrisL wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday?

in years past, I'd get a magnum of something that I'll like but is also a crowd pleaser. I save my better bottles for when I'm with those that will dig them and then just enjoy the day with the maggie





I'll likely open a Krug 168 on the Wednesday as I want to get a white truffle. For thanksgiving, I have some Flaccianello and Ramonet lined up for drinking throughout the day (It'll just be me champagne.gif). Haven't figured out yet what will get opened on black friday or on the saturday after yet. I'm sure there will be a lot of champagne opened.

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