There is always the question this time of year: What wine(s) should I have with my holiday meal? There are two answers that I give. First, choose wines to go with the meal, and second, there are no wrong wines, so long as you enjoy the bottle. Usually there are loads of appetizers, then you’re going to have the main course which could be any number of meats, alone or in combinations.
For our Thanksgiving, we started with appetizers of plain brie, brie with jalapeño jam over it, liver pâté and hummus. With that we served a 2015 Arista Riesling and a 2016 Pride Mountain Viognier. When we needed to open up a red, we started with a bottle of the 2016 Armida PoiZin Reserve. Then for the meal, which featured both turkey and leg of lamb (and squash soup, salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, homemade cranberry sauce and sourdough dinner rolls), we went with a magnum of 1992 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1995 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon. The Martini Cab was particularly interesting, because it was their generic California, low-end Cab, and still had the $7 Trader Joe’s price tag on it. But it was made in a time where Cabs were all being made to age at least a bit, and it was still good. Not great, but still good, still quite drinkable. By the way, 13% alcohol for that Cab.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!