We’ve all heard of Vertical and Horizontal wine tastings, but have you ever participated in a Virtual wine tasting?
It’s where you taste actual wine and share your experience via Twitter with others drinking the same wine; wine lovers united around a laptop sipping and sharing wine-tweets! It is a lot of fun.
The good folks at Wine Twits hosted an event a while back featuring four wines which I thought would be perfect to pair with Thanksgiving Dinner. These are readily available, priced perfectly and crowd tested. I hope you enjoy them!
Wente Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay Morning Fog | Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
Very pale colors in the glass; with subtle lemon and pear aromas. Lemon vanilla pound cake flavors with a tiny bit of oak on the finish. This wine was fermented in 50% French oak and 50% stainless steel; the oak doesn’t take over the fruit flavors of the wine, but gives it just enough to know you are drinking a California Chardonnay. Retails for $13 | Alcohol 13.5% |
Hahn Winery 2011 California Pinot Noir
Brilliant red in the glass with lavender powder aromas and flavors of dark cherry and candy essences. Aged in 33% new French oak and 67% neutral oak, it would pair well with grilled salmon as well as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Retails $14 | Alcohol 14.5% |
Garnet 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir
Translucent cherry red with a slight brown hue in the glass, gentle perfume aromas with a wisp of forest essence; dried strawberry flavors and a bright burst of cherry on the finish. Aged in neutral and new French oak, this is a very classy Pinot Noir and would be very welcome at the Thanksgiving table. Retails $20 | Alcohol 13.77%
Franciscan Estate ‘Magnificent’ Meritage
This red wine is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. The Meritage label is only allowed if the wine is crafted with in the strict guidelines of the Meritage Alliance; making American wines in the traditional Bordeaux fashion. I encourage you to read more about it at their website. Winemaker Janet Myers crafted this complex wine; showing a very deep red color with intense smoked meats, tobacco barn and clove aromas. The flavors developed later in the decanter, suggesting you could lay this bottle down for another year or two to experience it in its full glory. Yet drinking now it’s a robust earthy wine which I would offer to those heading out to the firepit with cigars. Retails $50 | Alcohol 14.5%
Which wines will you be serving this Thanksgiving Holiday? I’d love to know if you tried something new!