By CATHI AYCOCK
No judgment if you need a lovely glass — or four — of wine to get through Thanksgiving with Uncle Fred. (Who has been known to blow his nose with your monogrammed napkins.)
We asked wine experts to share four great wines that pair well with turkey and all the trimmings. (Be sure to toast Uncle Fred for us.)
Alexandria Nicole, 2014 “Shepherds Mark” Destiny Ridge Vineyard, White Blend, Horse Heaven Hill
This limited edition white, from the Destiny Hill Vineyard in Washington State, Shepherds Mark has aromas of warm peach, apple pie and caramel. A light oak finish with silky tannins, this is a delicious, extravagant Rhone-style white wine.
Pair with buttery shrimp scampi, macaroni and cheese and roast turkey.
Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves 2014
A rich, full aromatic wine from the iconic Bordeaux region of France, it offers a clean mouth feel. This is a crisp invigorating blanc with notes of pear that works with both turkey and seafood perfectly. If you like a less woody wine with a fresh taste to the tongue, this wine is a perfect fit.
Pair this wine with your Thanksgiving bird or anything with lots of garlic (the citrus notes are the perfect counterpoint) or roast chicken.
Conundrum 25th Anniversary
Wonderfully effusive, this is a flowery wine with a bouquet of honeysuckle and jasmine. The taste develops into ripe, fleshy peach, pear, tangerine and melon notes. Rich flavors and supple textures are matched by a refreshing acidity.
Pairs with turkey and seafood such as scallops or mild fish, pasta with cream sauces and Greek and Indian foods.
Montinore Estate Gerwurtzaminer 2014
A floral wine in our traditional dry style, making for a crisp wine that pairs beautifully with food. A bouquet of rose water with hints of kaffir lime leaf and a palate bursting with tropical notes and powdered ginger. The finish is dry and bright, leaving the impression of fresh citrus.
Pair with Asian Cuisine with soy sauce, grilled meats with fruit sauces or chutneys (think turkey and cranberry sauce) and roast pork.