Any holiday that ends with a good meal is OK in my book, especially when wine is at the heart of the celebration.
Thanksgiving is arguably the ultimate in family food fests because it shines the spotlight on things we already have rather than an orgy of gift giving, which means whatever’s on the table can really shine.
Though my wife keeps reminding me that I used to be a good cook back in my swinging bachelor days, she’s really the master chef of the Rockwell mansion. We keep things pretty traditional come Thanksgiving, so turkey is the star of our show.
With its well-rounded strawberry- meets-cherry fruit and typically smooth silky flavours pinot noir is our go-to red grape. The Lindemans 2008 Bin 99 Pinot Noir ($12.00 – $12.99) from Australia offers great value to go along with its balanced profile.
For an all-purpose white, a bottle of New World chardonnay or riesling would match nicely with the big bird and all its fixings. If you’re up for drinking outside the box, the lean, green fruit and mellow acidity of the 2009 Soave Italia ($11.40 – $14.99) from Italy is one that will appeal to a broad range of palates.
Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces. Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and traveling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.