For Thanksgiving this year I thought it would be fun to start a chain of wine recommendations that we all can benefit from. Please don't include anything too pricey or rare, as the hope is to reconvene and discuss some of the wines as a group.
In that spirit, I would like to start off with some things that I am thankful for, followed by some wines I have already been thankful for, and continue to be as we enter this holiday season of cold weather and warm hearts. I am thankful to have a job I enjoy and that provides me with a livable wage; I am thankful to have an on-line forum to talk about wine with other enthusiasts, and for the interactions that are created thereby; I am thankful for my family, both immediate (Rebecca, Mom, Dad, Sioux, Sylvie, Liam) and friends; I am thankful to feel the love of a living God that wishes the best for me and the world in which I live; and I am thankful to view my future as potentially great. I am quite fortunate to possess such an outlook.
Now for the wine guy portion of this blog. I often talk about Nivole Moscato d'Asti, Rodney Strong Cabernet, Bonterra Cabernet, and Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc / Viogner as favorites and top recommendations, and they certainly are, but I want to go a bit deeper and make some new recommendations.
Marques de Caceres Rioja - This Spainish red made from the Tempranillo grape is charming, with subtle oak and vanilla notes from the french oak barrels it's aged in, a beautiful, vivid, bright red color and one of those "bouquets" that really jumps out of the glass at your nose. Smooth, elegant, tasting of ripe exotic berries (perhaps acia or pomegranite) and cherry, carrying the oak onto the palate as well. At under twenty dollars a bottle, this wine always pleases.
Atteca Old Vines - Old vine Grenache from Spain, very different than the french Rhone wines that can often be very rugged, earthy, and require time to age, this wine has a powerful nose that is reminiscant of high-end Napa Cabernet (black currant, spice, blackberry, cigar) and an unexpectedly suave, bold, and lengthy taste that is also resemblant of a high-end Bordeaux. This wine, typically a steal at under fifteen dollars a bottle, is highly available and well worth a try. Decanting for even just a few minutes smooths out all the edges.
Forefront Cabernet - This Napa Cab is produced by one of my favorite high-end producers, Pine Ridge, and it honestly reminds me of Silver Oak, Napa (not Sonoma, which is all Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Napa, which is a Bordeaux blend). Velvety, rich, and full-bodied, this wine retails at less than twenty dollars a bottle and is also easy to find. A great way to enjoy world-class Napa Cab at a fraction of the price!
Well, I hope that you are able to share a few recommendations with the forum as well. If not, please leave a comment about one of the cheap powerhouses (Ravenswood, Barefoot, Louis-Jadot, Yellowtail) and whether you love it or hate it. It will be interesting to hear what you all think, and I will include your thoughts in a future blog, as well as follow comment threads.
I wish you a vwery happy Thanksgiving, and Holdiay Season to come! May it be filled with joy, love, and wonder.
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