PARTY PLANNER: THANKSGIVING {wines}

Alright folks, the countdown is on to Thanksgiving and a nice long weekend. We've got you last minute procrastinators covered with what to drink, where to buy some last minute goodies, and where to just abandon all pretense of cooking and enjoy your meal at a restaurant. First up,  Eva from Divine Wines is back giving us her top three choices of what to drink on Thanksgiving...

Sparkling wines are so versatile these days, that they pair perfectly with all sorts of Thanksgiving courses. Sparkling wine can hold up to those heartier dishes throughout your Thanksgiving meal, or act as a palate cleanser in between bites. Zonin Prosecco and Gruet Sparkling are great examples. Zonin Prosecco is a dry (but not too dry) sparkling with soft aromas that follow with honeyed apples and a touch of tangerine. This wine can be used not only for the beginning of the evening but also to pair with your Thanksgiving meal. If you would like to stay in the bubbly family, I would also recommend Gruet, a non-vintage Sparkling wine out of New Mexico. This full bodied sparkling wine is rich and complex with toasty nuances that will linger on to the finish. These are both great values, that are not only versatile but not the everyday type of wines that you would normally go after!

Some other "off beat" wines that are not as widely known as say, Pinot Noir, but are still of amazing quality are Nero d'Avola's. This grape is Sicily's most popular red wine grape. The profile of this grape is dry, slightly acidic, warm and full bodied. Like Pinot Noir's, Nero's are also fruit forward as well, which makes this wine very food friendly (especially your heartier Thanksgiving fare!). Nero's tend to be intensely aromatic, with powerful aromas of raspberry, cherry and spice that practically billow out of the glass. This wine is a great value, and most range below $20! A great example of this would be Villa Pozzi, an amazing low value of only $7.99! Villa Pozzi has an intense inky red color that follows with a gorgeous bouquet of blackberry liqueur, vanilla, and a hint of figs and leather. This is a lovely red wine that should be tried if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone!

Thank you to Eva for the tipple tips, we are also completely obsessed with their Wine Tote (anything in tote form is a win with us, really). Click here to learn more and stay tuned to TSS for more Thanksgiving Party Tips...

Posted on November 24, 2014 .