Thanksgiving is only a couple days away, which means it's time to pick out your Turkey wine! If you're looking for a couple unique choices for your table, check out what the pros (aka – Kevin and Brett) will be pouring at their Thanksgiving dinner tables.
Kevin spends his Thanksgivings with his family in New Jersey…that's right, this Bostonian will be in rival territory when the Patriots take the Jets that evening. Though the day begins with Bloody Marys (this year he's going to try making his with Bakon Vodka) and a few Harpoon IPAs during football, the whole family will eventually transition to wine come dinner time. Here's what Kevin is bringing to the table:
Lot 69 Sancerre, Loire Valley, France, 2011
When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre is as refined and elegant as it gets. With vibrant grapefruit aromas and mouthwatering mineralty, this wine is perfect for refreshing your tastebuds as you move from cheese plates to cranberry sauce to roast turkey. And at $17.99 this is the best value Sancerre in the market, meaning you can buy a few bottles and pour it liberally for anyone at your turkey day table.
Lot 75 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, 2011
Pinot Noir and turkey is a classic pairing, and when you sip some Lot 75 with your Thanksgiving dinner you'll understand why. Medium-bodied, juicy, and intricate, this wine will complement virtually anything on your table this Thursday. Though Russian River Pinots can be pricey, you can be thankful that Lot 75 is available for just $19.99.
Brett's Thanksgiving gathering is a bonanza of about 15 children, 15 adults, and 6 dogs in Rhode Island. There is an annual family contest — Brett is a little hazy on the rules — where the loser (or winner, depending on how you look at it) has to attend the next Thanksgiving wearing a turkey costume (and yes, there will be pictures). Needless to say, this get together calls for wine. Here are Brett's Thanksgiving wine picks:
Lot 65 French Fusion White, Languedoc, France, 2011
For many people, the go-to white for Thanksgiving is big, oaky, buttery, California Chardonnay. If that's not your thing, but you still want a flavorful white to go with your meal, Lot 65 French Fusion is the perfect choice. Plus its price is as crowd-pleasing its taste, just $11.99.
Lot 4 Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2010
Thanksgiving side dishes are hearty, which means they call for a wine that's equally powerful. Lot 4 Shiraz Viognier is rich and juicy without being dry, and wine snobs and novices alike will be pleased by its unique, abundant flavor. You can get your hands on this long-time staff favorite for $14.99.