November: Thanksgiving Wines
Pairs of wines perfectly suited to pair with the season and/or your turkey dinner.
Orange wine. That textural, unfiltered, sometimes savory and sometimes tannic skin contact white wine that can end up a rainbow of orange-y amber hues. Beyond all of its aforementioned positive traits, it is wildly food-friendly. It sits in the perfect middle-ground between white and red, has acidity and freshness but also depth and structure, making it versatile enough to pair with herbs and veggies, roast turkey, red meat, stuffing…basically anything that could possibly be on your Thanksgiving table.
2013 Radikon Pinot Grigio – Friuli is the sort of Italian headquarters of orange wine. Radikon, one of its masters, produces some of the most delicious and compelling skin contact wines out there. His “S” series Pinot Grigio spends eight days on the skins.
2014 Scholium Steverjan – Scholium’s new whole-cluster Pinot Grigio, a sort of ode to Friulano skin-contact traditions, and named after the town that is home to Radikon! A great New World companion to the Pinot Grigio and an opportunity to taste both the product of the inspiration next to the original.
We have two lovely reds to tuck into for you Gastonomists this month – both juicy, fresh, and expressive and hailing from northern California. We’ve long been fans of the Chris Brockway and his Broc wines (and really everything he does) and are very excited by a new project from Broc’s assistant winemaker called Ama Cellars. So, we paired them together. Mentor and apprentice.
2014 Ama Cellars Nero d’Avola – From Broc’s assistant winemaker Martha Stoumen and partner Diego Roig. They both worked in Sicily with Guisto Occhipinti of famed COS winery, so it’s no surprise they searched for Sicilian Nero d’Avola here in California. They found it in Mendocino’s Fox Hill vineyard, one of the few in the state planted to the grape.
2014 Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel – This is not the huge, overly spicy, bold and jammy zins of yore. Year after year, Chris proves that when picked at the right time (not too late) and handled with a delicate touch in the cellar, Zinfandel can be delightful and light on its feet. The Vine Starr has beautiful red fruit and floral aromatics with a touch of black pepper. Zinfandel reimagined.