Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

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#51 Post by Scott E. » November 18th, 2020, 1:23 pm

2010 Louis Roederer Brut BdB to start, 2015 Arista Riesling Vonaburg, 2015 Aubert Chard Hudson and a Mag of 2014 Navarro Deep End Blend Pinot. I'll open a Taylor 20-year Tawny in the evening. There should be six adults, so we may have some leftovers for the next day. Cheers!
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#52 Post by Andrew K. » November 18th, 2020, 1:28 pm

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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?
Maybe a smaller turkey but a 12 pounder will just barely feed a small family with decent leftovers for sandwiches.
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#53 Post by ChrisL » November 18th, 2020, 2:21 pm

I will have 2 people coming over (mother and sister in law). They don’t know much about wine but can be a fun ‘tasting’ experiment.

Start with champagne, J.M. Labruyere Page Blanche & Pierre Paillard Parcelles.

Then for reds I was thinking of opening a ‘16 Felsina Fontalloro, ‘12 Rampolla Sammarco, and ‘13 Ken Wright Cellars Freedom Hill (gifted to me). I think that’s a different enough slate. I’m big into Italian wines so that’s mostly what I have, also new to wine so nothing super old yet.
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#54 Post by Eric Ifune » November 18th, 2020, 2:37 pm

Eyeing a 1968 BV Burgundy.

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#55 Post by A Dotson » November 18th, 2020, 5:01 pm

Yet to figure it out!

No minute like the last minute, I say! [cheers.gif]

Usually, I get up early to start the cooking and grab a white wine to sip and try to get a mellow buzz I can maintain at steady state for the day.

We also usually one a bazillion wines, but this year it's just 4 of us, so half a bazillion wines.

I am looking forward to see how this thread develops!
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#56 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 18th, 2020, 5:05 pm

Probably having a really good Champagne and some gougeres. Not bothering with turkey this year. Maybe make some crab cakes to go with the rest of the Champagne.
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#57 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » November 18th, 2020, 5:14 pm

The two of us plan to order Chinese. Jonathan can't drink for a few weeks, so I'd bet I'll have sake.
Sort of ITB - my husband imports a small amount of sake and I help out

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#58 Post by A Dotson » November 18th, 2020, 5:20 pm

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The two of us plan to order Chinese. Jonathan can't drink for a few weeks, so I'd bet I'll have sake.
I bet you have the coolest sake 'glasses!'
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#59 Post by PeterH » November 18th, 2020, 5:30 pm

The family portion of this Thanksgiving will be a small outside gathering, at which I'll pour a domestic sparkler, probably Soter.
Then we'll send people to their home dinner with a portion of the turkey and a bottle, TBD, of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
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#60 Post by KenL. » November 18th, 2020, 5:34 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Probably having a really good Champagne and some gougeres. Not bothering with turkey this year. Maybe make some crab cakes to go with the rest of the Champagne.
Gougeres and Champagne to start sounds perfect. Thanks I will have to copy you, David.
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#61 Post by Kris Patten » November 18th, 2020, 5:58 pm

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Just my wife and I this year, and we’re cooking duck. So probably a Pinot.
I love Bordeaux with some age with duck.
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#62 Post by M. Dildine » November 18th, 2020, 6:15 pm

Zinfandel, California Pinot Noir (Thanksgiving is an American holiday, no?), a CA white (maybe Will Bucklin’s outstanding Old Hill Mixed White). Can’t wait!
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#63 Post by Vince T » November 18th, 2020, 10:04 pm

Gamay is my go to thanksgiving grape. This year probably a 2014 ESJ bone-jolly... with an Under the Wire Alder Springs sparkler as an aperitif.
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#64 Post by Uli K. » November 18th, 2020, 10:47 pm

Some Woodenhead Brut Rosé to start things off, and then Windy Oaks Proprietor’s Reserve to go with the pan seared duck breast... [cheers.gif]
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#65 Post by JulianD » November 19th, 2020, 1:10 am

schäfer fröhlich spatlese --> turley ueberroth --> (maybe a sauternes)
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#66 Post by David Kaufman » November 20th, 2020, 6:28 am

Haven’t made my wine selections yet, but I guarantee my mother will bring a mag of Yellowtail Shiraz, as has been the case every Thanksgiving and Xmas since I can remember.

At least I won’t need to buy any Draino for a while!

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#67 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » November 20th, 2020, 6:50 am

A Dotson wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 5:14 pm
The two of us plan to order Chinese. Jonathan can't drink for a few weeks, so I'd bet I'll have sake.
I bet you have the coolest sake 'glasses!'
If you mean ochoko, then certainly we have some beautiful examples! But we don't drink good sake out of them. LOL.
Sort of ITB - my husband imports a small amount of sake and I help out

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#68 Post by Christine Courtney » November 20th, 2020, 8:12 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 the past few years, I have changed my strategy in serving guests for dinner, especially holidays. I feel that I spend a tremendous amount of time preparing whatever meal I am serving and I spend a large percentage of my free time learning about and buying wine. So I try to plan my wine to both be somewhat recognizable to my guests on a higher price point, but also ones I know will really complement the meal. I realize this is not a novel idea, lol!

That being said, I tend to splurge for holidays with my guests, which this year will be a much smaller count, as to me that is point, especially with our current global situation. This year, there will be a vintage champagne, either a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay, a pinot noir, a red blend and a sauternes, I am just not sure my exact selections yet. I have succeeded over the years to convert some of those that understand and buy only the lower end supermarket wines, to really begin to appreciate why a well-made wine is so much better, because I "ball out" as you say!!

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#69 Post by Larry Stein » November 20th, 2020, 2:04 pm

A magnum of 2011 Foillard Morgon "Cote du Py". I opened one about a year ago. It was terrific.

A white wine or Champagne TBD.

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#70 Post by EricJ » November 21st, 2020, 9:07 am

I used to buy a case of Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages because my wife's family has a massive thanksgiving. We're doing something very small this year so I'm leaning towards a nice bottle of pinot noir.
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#71 Post by Steve Brickley » November 21st, 2020, 11:12 pm

Bubbles and beauj. Not sure which bottles yet.
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#72 Post by joejolesch » November 22nd, 2020, 6:51 am

Jay Miller wrote:
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.
I agree with this strategy - good, but not rare. I’m probably pulling from Ridge, Limerick Lane, Franny Beck, a NV sparkler, and a Rosé.

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#73 Post by GregT » November 22nd, 2020, 11:52 am

What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine.
This perfectly describes our situation. Since it's only the two of us, we'll probably do sous-vide turkey breast with some herbs from the garden, and start with something like a Chardonnay, maybe American, like Fogline, and then probably cru Beaujolais and finish with a Tokaji-aszú.
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#74 Post by C. Heinsen » November 22nd, 2020, 12:46 pm

Our Thanksgiving will be spent consuming Sierra Mar and Rosella's Chardonnay and Pinot from Roar.
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#75 Post by Stan Y. » November 22nd, 2020, 1:52 pm

I ordered an '08 Comtes just for the occasion (didn't know how controversial this would end up lately, can't wait to see for myself), and have my eyes on a bottle of '96 Raveneau Blanchot in the cellar.
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#76 Post by Greg Mitrakas » November 22nd, 2020, 4:10 pm

My family of 5 plus my sister makes 6 of us celebrating Thanksgiving at our casa, as opposed to our usual 20 people at my sisters.

Not sure of exact wines, but after a little thought am going with birthyear wines for my kids and not geeking too much about exact wines to match with the menu. Most thankful for the blessings of my children.

So we will be drinking birth years 1999 red burgundy TBD, 2001 Mosel riesling (likely spatlese) TBD, and a 2004 something (maybe Geyserville?) TBD. Start with a bottle of good champagne in the a.m. while we cook. Reasonable sized 13 lb. Black heritage turkey is defrosting in the fridge right now as the backbone to the menu.

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#77 Post by Ed Steinway » November 22nd, 2020, 4:49 pm

Our son and daughter will be joining us, and our daughter likes white wine while our son likes red wine. We plan on opening a Carlisle 'Derivative' for the white, and a Forman Cabernet for the red. Not sure which vintage yet. We are going to roast a large chicken instead of turkey and also grill a some beef, along with mashed and sweet potatoes and some other sides.

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#78 Post by brigcampbell » November 23rd, 2020, 8:54 am

Public Service Announcement.

If you open a pinot noir this week it could be worth as much as $20 towards charity.

All you have to do is post into the Virtual Tasting thread for charity sponsored by FMIII here:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=174897

we'll be running different themes for various charities through the end of the year. Here's the list of them.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=174890

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#79 Post by jtfriedman » November 23rd, 2020, 10:09 am

5 of us, but I'm the only real drinker of the group. If I can convince my teetotaler relatives to join me, it'll go like this: Pierre Paillard 2014 'Les Mottelettes' Bouzy Blanc de Blancs while things are heating up, followed by Domaine de La Cote's 2018 'DDLC' Pinot Noir, and finally Graham's 1977 Vintage Port.

If no one feels like drinking, which I find especially difficult to believe this year, then it'll just be me and champagne.
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#80 Post by Pat Esposito » November 23rd, 2020, 11:13 am

Krug 164e for the day prep, then we will open a bottle of Little Wings Syrah for the main.

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#81 Post by Peter Valiquette » November 23rd, 2020, 1:10 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?
This is when you bust out the de Negoce so you can tell your guests that they're drinking $100+ dollar bottles of wine.

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#82 Post by Jim F » November 23rd, 2020, 1:17 pm

I keep it simple on Thanksgiving and let the food do the talking. Plus, no one else at the reduced table will be a wino. So, starters will be with a Lallier NV Grand Rose, and dinner with my usual match of zin, this year a Ridge Three Valleys 2018.
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#83 Post by John Glas » November 23rd, 2020, 2:35 pm

I used to buy a case of Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages because my wife's family has a massive thanksgiving. We're doing something very small this year so I'm leaning towards a nice bottle of pinot noir.
Sounds much better! [cheers.gif]

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#84 Post by Hal Blumberg » November 24th, 2020, 10:36 am

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#85 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 24th, 2020, 10:42 am

brigcampbell wrote:
November 23rd, 2020, 8:54 am
Public Service Announcement.

If you open a pinot noir this week it could be worth as much as $20 towards charity.

All you have to do is post into the Virtual Tasting thread for charity sponsored by FMIII here:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=174897

we'll be running different themes for various charities through the end of the year. Here's the list of them.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=174890
Thanks for posting this, Brig!!
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#86 Post by Jidhin R. » November 25th, 2020, 6:50 am

Just two of us this year so planning the '18 Antica Terra Aurata Chard and '04 Rioja Lopez Heredia. Planning to open the 00 Wines VGR Pinot Noir today for pre-day meal prepping accompaniment. I will post TNs to that link if I can! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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#87 Post by John Davis » November 25th, 2020, 9:11 am

Only going to be 5 of us and two of them don't drink at all and another only a cocktail or two. So, whatever my wife wants. Probably start with Champagne and then likely Zin (Ridge Geyserville) maybe a Pinot (Pisoni).
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#88 Post by Warren Taranow » November 25th, 2020, 9:22 am

Nontraditional Thanksgiving; Schrenkii Caviar (from Charlie Fu & Astea Caviar), with an ‘06 Cristal. Then pasta with fresh white Alba truffles, maybe a ‘71 Einaudi Barolo or whatever I have standing up in the cellar. Who knows what tomorrow may bring, so enjoy the day.
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#89 Post by Barry L i p t o n » November 25th, 2020, 9:29 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?
My strategy is to have drinkers and specials open at the same time. Say a small gathering, mostly folks who don't appreciate it. Have a white drinker and a red drinker there as decoys along with the special bottle. Then the odds are 1/3 that someone who doesn't know anything will take the special bottle and you don't have to feel like a less generous host.

They might even like the simpler bottles better. Cru beaujolais is a good choice if you don't want to go domestic.

I have a few Boston rounds of a 99 Produtorri Asili Riseva Barbaresco left from last night, and it should go well with Tofurkey.

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#90 Post by brigcampbell » November 25th, 2020, 10:14 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 24th, 2020, 10:42 am
brigcampbell wrote:
November 23rd, 2020, 8:54 am
Public Service Announcement.

If you open a pinot noir this week it could be worth as much as $20 towards charity.

All you have to do is post into the Virtual Tasting thread for charity sponsored by FMIII here:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=174897

we'll be running different themes for various charities through the end of the year. Here's the list of them.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=174890
Thanks for posting this, Brig!!
No problem.

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#91 Post by Rich Brown » November 25th, 2020, 10:21 am

Lots of good choices across the board here!

It's just my wife and our two young kids so prob a little bubbly to start (leaning towards Ultramarine or Under The Wire) and then a 2006 Saxum Booker Vineyard, which I'm pretty damn excited about!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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#92 Post by P Turk » November 25th, 2020, 10:31 am

‘14 Ridge Geyserville and ‘16 Turley Old Vines.
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#93 Post by David K o l i n » November 25th, 2020, 10:42 am

Krug MV 164, Kistler/Kistler Chard 2001, Dunn HM 1997 and Dow 1977 Port. Let’s see how the Kiisstler and Dow have held up

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#94 Post by Mike Evans » November 25th, 2020, 10:59 am

Jay Miller wrote:
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.
This has always been my strategy. For the red it was always older Rhys Alesia (2004-2008 vintages) and 1997 Pinon Vouvray Cuvée Tradition until I ran out of it, and then Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Kabinett.

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#95 Post by Dave McIsaac » November 25th, 2020, 11:03 am

Rich Brown wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 10:21 am
Lots of good choices across the board here!

It's just my wife and our two young kids so prob a little bubbly to start (leaning towards Ultramarine or Under The Wire) and then a 2006 Saxum Booker Vineyard, which I'm pretty damn excited about!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Don't you think the Saxum might be a bit too much for your two young kids?? [snort.gif]

The bubbly I get...... champagne.gif

Happy Thanksgiving Rich!

This will be the first time I will be together with all 4 of my kids since Christmas. Picked up my 2 girls from college yesterday, after they tested negative on Monday. Swooped in, and picked them up without any interaction with anyone else. 6.5 hours, round-trip.....

Will do a bubbly, zin, and based on David B's note on the 2000 Taylor Fladgate, may need to consider that. Would it be too soon to open a 2016 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvee PN? I also may open a Gamay....... My daughters are starting to make the transition from sweet wines to dry ones. I do have to admit I had to buy them a box of Franzia yesterday...... [pwn.gif] [scratch.gif] blush
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#96 Post by John Telford » November 25th, 2020, 11:09 am

Just pulled a Mag of Camille Saves blanc de noir....and this year there will be just the two of us...should be interesting!

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#97 Post by Jay Miller » November 25th, 2020, 11:13 am

Mike Evans wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 10:59 am
Jay Miller wrote:
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.
... 1997 Pinon Vouvray Cuvée Tradition until I ran out of it, ..
That was such a great wine and amazing value.
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Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

#98 Post by Rich Brown » November 25th, 2020, 11:21 am

Dave McIsaac wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 11:03 am
Rich Brown wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 10:21 am
Lots of good choices across the board here!

It's just my wife and our two young kids so prob a little bubbly to start (leaning towards Ultramarine or Under The Wire) and then a 2006 Saxum Booker Vineyard, which I'm pretty damn excited about!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Don't you think the Saxum might be a bit too much for your two young kids?? [snort.gif]

The bubbly I get...... champagne.gif

Happy Thanksgiving Rich!

This will be the first time I will be together with all 4 of my kids since Christmas. Picked up my 2 girls from college yesterday, after they tested negative on Monday. Swooped in, and picked them up without any interaction with anyone else. 6.5 hours, round-trip.....

Will do a bubbly, zin, and based on David B's note on the 2000 Taylor Fladgate, may need to consider that. Would it be too soon to open a 2016 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvee PN? I also may open a Gamay....... My daughters are starting to make the transition from sweet wines to dry ones. I do have to admit I had to buy them a box of Franzia yesterday...... [pwn.gif] [scratch.gif] blush
Ha! Might as well start em off with some good stuff ;)

Love it Dave - glad you'll get to be with your daughters on Thanksgiving! Have a great one and enjoy that Franzia (which vintage did you go with?? ;)

Cheers!

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Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

#99 Post by Anthony C » November 25th, 2020, 11:25 am

I may revector from the Beaucastel to a younger nebbiolo. This ham is super-smokey and aromatic (and I haven't even cooked it yet). I'm afraid it might overwhelm the aged CdP.

Or in true Berserker fashion, I might open both and drink the one that doesn't pair the best over the weekend with something else.
C u r t a s

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Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

#100 Post by Philip G » November 25th, 2020, 11:38 am

Finally made decision to go with 2004 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée as the main bottle for sit down Turkey Dinner. Probably have another CdP out as well since we'll have 4-5 drinkers.
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