Winemakers across California are busy crafting their Thanksgiving menu and their wine matches.
WENTE VINEYARDS: Winemaker Karl Wente reports he will be serving the standard Thanksgiving turkey menu with Riva Ranch Single Vineyard pinot noir and Small Lot/Artist Series GSM (grenache, syrah and mourvedre.)
THE STEVEN KENT WINERY: Winemaker Steven Mirassou also will have a standard Thanksgiving dinner on the table. “We’ll start with a blind tasting of pinot noirs and Burgundies, then we’ll move on to Champagne, and then a selection of wines for the meal. These could include cabernet, red burgundy, white burgundy, and merlot,” he said.
NOTTINGHAM CELLARS/VASCO URBANO: Winemaker Collin Nottingham reports there will be a traditional Thanksgiving menu in the Cranor house, but this year they will be barbequing the big bird. “We will be drinking Vasco Urbano Grenache Rose, GSM, and grenache. Nottingham Cellars Micro-Lot Reserve Chardonnay, cabernet franc and merlot will probably make an appearance.”
MACMURRAY ESTATE VINEYARDS: Winemaker Boyd Morrison said he will start the Thanksgiving feast with sparkling wine, Negronis and Manhattans while cooking and eating appetizers. “Then, we’ll serve pinot noir with the usual Thanksgiving items, including my two favorite staples: roasted Brussels sprouts with apples and bacon, and Spinach Madeline,” he said.
EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD: Winemaker Joe Ibrahim has planned a fun celebration. “In addition to serving up good vibes and good times, I’ll be pouring chardonnay with crab and avocado toasts, warmed olives with lemon zest and soft cheeses,” he said. “This versatile wine also works with main courses, as well as my favorite desserts like pumpkin cheesecake, baked pears or apple crisp with ice cream.”
BAREFOOT BUBBLY AND CELLARS: Winemaker Jen Wall and her family celebrates Thanksgiving ‘potluck style.’ “I’ll be bringing roasted apple and onion Brussels sprouts along with a bottle of Barefoot California Chardonnay!,” she said.
DARK HORSE: Winemaker Beth Liston has planned a pretty traditional Thanksgiving dinner but are kicking it up a notch with the drink pairings. “We’re starting with the rich notes of Spiced Wit (wheat) home brews,” she said, “followed by the velvety Dark Horse pinot noir with dinner and refreshing California sparkling with a pecan caramel sweet potato cheesecake for dessert!”