The French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously stated that Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them, and Champagne makes you do them. Think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them. Personally I am not one to argue, though I may say that Champagne is not the only source of bubbles to impair my better faculties. Thanksgiving, among other holidays, is often an occasion that requires quite a bit of silliness to cope with family issues. Thankfully turkey was made both dumb enough to be easily caught and tasty enough to pair with most sparkling wines.
When I consider the typical characters surrounding the Thanksgiving dinner table, I am reminded of the cinematic quote, “Would you say I have a plethora of piñatas”. (If you are familiar with this reference, I am not sure what one should conclude about you.) Either way, yes, there is typically a variety of people in my general vicinity that I have considered whacking with a stick at some point during a typical holiday.
Regardless of how I feel about those closet to me, when it comes to wine, we have the White Zin types, the “I like wine, do you have it in a big bottle?” type, and the people I like to drink with. Since Thanksgiving is an occasion, and occasions call for something with bubbles, it’s time to bring out the three amigos.
If the sweet tooth needs to be tamed, there is nothing like a sparkling Moscato to demonstrate that stuck fermentation is not the only source of satisfaction. Granted, Moscato can run the gambit from Mary Poppins prescription to reverential, floral bliss. Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 77 is that middle road of balance, not deference. You don’t need to understand, or even like, wine to enjoy this fruit forward sparkling Italian. It has less alcohol than most micro-brews and more balance than many wines at twice the price. Even a serious wine connoisseur will appreciate the bright, floral finish.
If you have not heard of Prosecco at this point, it remains difficult to explain how this has reached you in the hole you have buried your head. Well for the un-initiated, is the new kid on the block with all the bells and whistles – and none of the typical cost of good sparkling wine. Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 50 is no exception. For those who live holidays by the slogan “you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning”, this is the base of a traditional bellini and the most democratic of toasting wines.
Finally, time to get serious. Champagne may not be the birth place of sparkling wine, but it has become its epicenter. The typical answer to champagne is YES. Now when it comes to a Thanksgiving meal, the choice of before, during, or after is easily answered with D., all of the above. Magic Door’s new edition, La Cle de la Femme Brut, is New Year’s quality at Saturday night’s price. Built on the round structure of Pinot Meunier, this wine balances crispness with a bolder body and a touch of handmade charm.
These wines may not replace the fireworks your Uncle Randy brings to the table, but I’m sure they can complement them. In the end, at least you can blame the bubbles for your actions.
Which is your favorite – Prosecco, Moscato, or Champagne? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!