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Written by Jacqueline Coleman, BT Contributor   
November 2019

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $15 or less

IPix_Vino_11-19t’s not always easy to be the host with the most interesting wine selection around the holidays. Between Thanksgiving, the office potlucks, and endless family time, you may be stressing out about which bottles to serve that don’t scream “last-minute purchase.”

Here at Vino, we have you covered when it comes to finding some great wines at economical prices to offer your guests over the holidays. This year, grab a few new bottles for your festive gatherings, and enjoy a red, white, and rosé Thanksgiving.

We must say that every one of these white wines wowed us. Each of them could have been priced well over our Vino price point, and we would not have flinched. From three different continents, we present three beautiful white wines that would be excellent additions to your turkey table.

The 2017 Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique from Seneca Lake, New York, is such a perfect representation of a classic dry Riesling that it may be hard to place it in the Old or New World category. Aromas of pear and limoncello greet you on the nose, and crisp, fresh acidity presents itself very strongly on the palate. This is the bottle you use to shock your sweet Riesling-hating friends and family into loving this varietal, as the lack of residual sugar will surely impress and help them appreciate the versatility of the grape.

Serve it with almost anything on the lighter side, such as turkey, or dishes with pear or citrus components. It would be hard to think about a table being complete during a celebratory meal without a bottle of wine like Forge Cellars Dry Riesling.

In South Florida, our Thanksgiving tables may look a little different from the typical spread with traditional poultry, fixin’s, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Will you be serving seafood this year? You’ll want to include a bottle of the 2018 Coral Do Mar Albariño from Rias Baixes, Spain, if you are trading stuffing for stone crabs. Lemon drop, lime peel, apricot, and pear share the palate, and a touch of honeysuckle coats your mouth for a robust, lingering finish.

If your wine-loving relatives will be attending dinner and expecting a glass of something adventurous, you’ll want to impress them with something other than a California Chardonnay, so consider grabbing the 2018 Essay from South Africa. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne, this wine is a full-bodied white with crisp minerality and grassy lemon cake flavors. That signature Viognier honey binds to the fruit and helps it hang on the tongue. Heavier and well-balanced economical whites like this are sometimes hard to find, so get over to ABC Fine Wine & Spirits to make sure you are serving Essay to your discerning guests.

Move on to the rosé of choice for the next course, because rosé doesn’t have a single season in South Florida, and it’s perfectly acceptable to serve at the dinner table. How about the 2017 Château Trians Provence Rosé? Light salmon in color, the nose is full of perfectly ripe strawberries, raspberries, and red cherries. Strong flavors echoing the nose persist in the palate along with bright acidity and minerality. It’s a long finish for this pink wine, so sit back and enjoy with your appetizers or as a solo aperitif.

On the heavier side, we have two big red options. Both have smoky characteristics, even though they hail from regions far apart. The 2016 Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon from California has woody features alongside dark fruitlike blackberries and raspberry jam. While the 2017 Cono Sur Merlot from Chile shows more licorice, tobacco, black pepper, and plum. Both wines would be fine complements to smoked meats, heavier cheese dishes, or even some grilled veggies.

Though the big red wines were not bad, the best of the reds, and always a great choice for a holiday meal is the 2017 Debeaune Special Selection Beaujolais-Villages. Put aside everything you think you know about Beaujolais from that one bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau you tried and hated, and start drinking more wine from this region. The Gamay grape makes such an elegant, fruit-forward wine when given some time in the bottle. (Some bottles from the 2015 vintage are also available.) This one is plump and full of cherry flavors, but also well-balanced and enticing. Drink alongside a pork dish, or poultry topped with berry sauce, or just enjoy as a reward for a hosting job well done!


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