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Thanksgiving Wines That Work

Jessica Altieri on November 19, 2013 - 7:12 am in Featured Video, WineChannelTV

Did you know? John Madden,former NFL Coach and Fox TV Broadcaster, popularized the turducken in America when on air during a football game. While  announcing the game for CBS, he presented a turducken to the viewers, then began carving it with his bare hands. Later he promoted it again on Fox by awarding a turducken to players on the winning team for the Thanksgiving Bowl. My Thanksgiving wines that work are great for traditional and fun thanksgiving dinners

What is a turducken? It’s a Turkey! It’s a Duck! It’s a Chicken! Or rather, its a hybrid meat you’ll want to eat! Turducken is a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. And for all your palates, we’ve got the right combination of wines from New Zealand pair with a wide array of Thanksgiving treats. Enjoy the video and here are my 3 top picks for a Turducken Thanksgiving:

Seresin Leah Pinot Noir $36

WINE DESCRIPTION:

  • Winemaker Clive Dougall did a fantastic job making this feminine, supple light bodied pinot noir .
  • The fruit used in this comes from 3 sites of the Seresin Estate in Marlborough NZ .The clay rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard, Tatou vineyard and the Home vineyard.

PAIRING NOTES:

Savory, spicy and earthy aromas with plum, red berry, cherry and herbal earthy notes. The palate is focused and concentrated with soft tannins , hints of the dark red berry and truffle with a lingering finish, making this a great match to earthiness of the duck in the dish!

FUN NOTE- The handprint on the bottle represents Seresin’s philosophy to work traditionally with natural elements and elicit a true Marlborough character in their wines by using organic – no chemicals used/only natural compost, and biodynamic methods: planting, harvesting according to lunar cycles; burying cow manure in a cow’s horn over the winter; sees the vineyard as an ecological whole: not just rows of grapevines, but the soil beneath them;an organism in its own right.

Kumeu River Chardonnay $45-55 online

WINE DESCRIPTION:

  • Beyond Sauvignon blanc, NZ has fantastic cool climate chardonnays , that are very refined!
  • Burgundian in style, not big like Australia and US!
  • ·Kumeu is located in the North Island, near Auckland and Comes from Winemaker and MW Michael Brajockvich. His family founded the vineyard in 1944 and migrated from Croatia.

PAIRING NOTES:

  • Voted consistently one of  New Zealand’s best Chardonnay’s!
  • Beat out white burgundies in taste off!·
  • The Estate Chardonnay is a blend of six vineyards in the Kumeu region, the same six vineyards each year, giving this wine great complexity and consistency of character.All of the grapes are harvested by hand.
  • It is produced exclusively in Burgundy-style small oak barrels.
  • Filled with juicy citrus zest , beautiful peach and hazelnut aromas, along with a crisp mineral finish and a rich silky texture from 100% malolactic fermentation; a winemaking process used to reduce acidity- creating rounder fuller creamy mouth-feel!

Neudorf  Moutere Riesling $29.90 online

WINE DESCRIPTION:

  • Cool Climate Riesling comes from South Island of Nelson, an area of artists, artisans and very stylish wines.
  • Tim and Judy Finn first planted here in 1978. This Riesling is from their Moutere hillside vineyards and the mineral note is a reflection of the terroir .

PAIRING NOTES:

  • Gorgeous vineyard, looks as though you’re on top of the world!
  • Ripe floral, chalky nose, with citrus lemon lime, grapefruit and orange blossom flavors,  like a german kabinett Riesling- hint sweetness and off dry.           ·
  • The high acid from the cool climate is nicely offset with just a hint of sweetness, and there’s no heaviness here at all.
  • You can even Drink this Riesling before dinner as an apertifi, or any dish W/a squeeze of lemon!

Side note, 2008 was a great vintage for New Zealand Wines.

Cheers and be sure to follow all of your wine lifestyle happenings on Wine Channel TV.

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