Friday Feature 11/15/13: Our Thanksgiving Picks!

Hello and Happy Friday!
It’s T-Minus 13 days and counting until the fat bird gets roasted (or brined as is the fashion these days).
We have put together a selection of wines that we think will work well with menu of this classic American holiday.  So even if your crazy family erupts into a fury of dysfunctional weirdness, at least the wines will be delicious.
Running errands at this time of year can be very stressful, and we all tend to leave everything to the last minute. Traffic volume intensifies, and we try to fit 6 hours worth of shopping in 2 hours time.
Let’s stop this madness!
Call ahead, place your order, and give us your payment information.  When you arrive, call from your car and we will simply run it out to you.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!
We also offer a local courier service for $15 (a bit more if there are over 3 cases).
Finally, please keep us in mind for any of your personal or corporate gift needs this holidays.  We ship throughout the US via UPS.  With advanced notice we are happy to add personalwine notes and gift cards.
Let us reduce stress in your holiday shopping by sending a great bottle of wine, spirits or beer to a loved one or colleague!

Craig & Sheb


Thanksgiving Day Selections 2013


NV Clotilde Davene Crémant de Bourgogne, France


Any celebration (or day in our opinion) should begin with some bubbles!

Maybe you don’t deem your Thanksgiving dining companions worthy enough for those great bottles of Champagne you have stashed away?

If so then you’re going to want to stock up on this truly delicious Crémant de Bourgogne from Chablis producer Clotilde Davenne!

If you recall this name, that is because I have declared this my “sparkling wine value of the year” in the past.  The new goods just landed, and it is as tasty as ever.

A blend of 2/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Noir, secondary fermentation in bottle just like Champagne, and 18 months on its lees.

Wonderfully crisp and mineral, with citrus fruit galore, it remains complex and so easy to drink sip after sip. Don’t miss this great value!

$25.99 BTL. / $311.88 CASE 




2012 Benovia Rosé of Pinot Noir- Russian River Valley, CA

Rosé is a wonderful choice for drinking with Thanksgiving dinner, but unfortunately, in the States, by the time November rolls around they can be hard to find.

We were pleased to discover that the distributor for Benovia had 18 bottles in the warehouse, so we snapped them up for this particular holiday. It’s a rosé we really loved drinking all summer, imbued with fresh flavors of wild strawberries and watermelon.

These, we imagine, will be sold very quickly, so hit us with an email if you want in on this deal.

$23.99 /BTL.- 18 BTLS. AVAILABLE




2012 Jakob Schneider Riesling Kabinett-Nahe, Germany

The Schneiders have been producing wine for well over 400 years, and it is a multi-generational operation.

Importer Terry Thiese works together with the family for this basic and affordable Kabinett. Not too much residual sugar, and the fruit comes from three top sites: Rosenberg, Klamm and Kirschheck.

Now that you are aware of the terrific pedigree here, we will tell you this: Riesling can provide, hands down, some of the best pairing ability to all the traditional foods of an American Thanksgiving. Those of you featuring food from a traditional Uzbekistani Thanksgiving may have to look on other shores.

This LITER of Riesling might solve many issues for you including that age old problem of what to do when you have finished a bottle of wine but want “just one more glass…..”.

$19.99/ LITER BTL- $239.88 / CASE OF 12




2011 Clemens Busch Riesling “Vom Roten Scheifer”- Mosel, Germany

And this is the Riesling for those of you who like it DRY!

Clemens and his wife Rita (Herr and Frau Busch if you will) work bio-dynamically in the middle Mosel, in an area called Marienberg. The Busch family has worked tirelessly to farm in this ecologically friendly way, and over the years have purchased those parcels in Marienberg that have gone up for sale, and transitioned the agriculture.

The Vom Roten Scheifer bottling comes from Riesling grown on a terroir of red slate: and although very youthful, provides a focused and laser like wine that will cut through the butteriest of mashed potatoes, or serves as a nice contrast to a casserole of sugary yams and pecans.






2012 Domaine Rabasse-Charavin Cairanne Blanc – Southern Rhône Valley, France


This is a white wine for those of you that prefer a richer, more plush style. We cannot say enough good things about Corinne Couturier and Domaine Rabasse Charavin. We have featured some of their other bottlings on samplers in the past. They work with about 40 hectares of vines, concentrated mostly in Cairanne and Rasteau.

The white Cairanne, which we are strongly urging as a pairing for Turkey day, is a blend of Bourboulenc and Clairette. Both of these varieties are allowed in the making of white Chateauneuf-du Pape, and both are quite ancient, with mentions as far back as the 1500’s in agricultural writings.

Bourboulenc provides lovely aromatics, meadow flowers and citrus, and weight, while Clairette provides freshness and vibrancy. They work together beautifully in this wines, where besides the aforementioned flowers and citrus, you will also perceive honeyed orchard fruit, Mediterranean herbs and fennel. 





2011 Viña Mein Ribeiro-Galicia Spain

Ribeiro is a wine zone in south central Galicia. Hundreds of years ago, this was one of the great wine producing areas of Spain: after phylloxera devastated Europe, Ribeiro was slow to recover.

Allowed grapes are Treixadura, Palomino, Torrontés, Godello, Macabeo, Albillo, Loureira, and Albariño. Those of you familiar with Iberian white grapes may recognize some of them. Viña Mein’s vineyards are located 1100 feet above sea level. The prominent grape in the blend is Treixadura, and the wine is aged in stainless steel, insuring freshness and vibrancy.

Treixadura (called Trajadura in Portugal) produces wines with rich orchard fruit flavors and some citrus. It is not terribly high in acidity, which is why it is usually blended with Albariño. It is always nice, when faced with a lean protein like Turkey, to have a white with good texture and a deph of minerality, and that is exactly the type of pairing this wine provides!

$19.99/ BTL.- $239.88 CASE OF 12



2011 Domaine des Combiers Beaujolais Villages “Prestige”-Burgundy, France

Every year, we are going to tell you this: the perfect match for a Thanksgiving menu is Beaujolais. And not the questionable Nouveau stuff the French try and foist upon us every year, but good, reliable Gamay from reputable producers, real winefor this extraordinarily complicated meal.

Here are some fun facts for Domaine des Combiers:

  1. In possession of a very rare tractor (1 of only 10 made)
  2. Grapes are harvested from very steep hillsides, from poor granitic soil
  3. No yucky commercial yeasts that small like banana laffy taffy

The wine is silky and quaffable and will afford your guests and family hours of drinking pleasure. Chill for about 20 minutes in the fridge.

$11.99 /BTL. -$143.88 /CASE OF 12




2010 Vietti Barbera D’Asti “La Crena”- Piemonte, Italy

Reds for this particular feast should possess a particular set of qualities: low tannins, not too much oak, supple fruit and good acidity. Barbera is perfect for the job!

The three main zones for growing Barbera are Asti, Alba and Monferrato. La Crena is a single vineyard in the Asti zone in the sub-commune of Agliano, planted in 1932! Due to the age of the vines, and Vietti’s insistence on proper pruning and vineyard management, this Barbera is on the dense and complex side. Aging is in botti and neutral French oak.

Why more people are not drinking Barbera is beyond us. If you like Pinot Noir, this would be an easy shift. Clearly, the PR company responsible for spreading Barbera’s message is , as the kids like to say, an “epic fail”. Barbera has no FB page, instagram account, and no twitter. Its wikipedia page is luke-warm, at best. So I guess it’s up to us lovers of Barbera to spread the word. #buymorebarbera

At least now there’s a hashtag!

$41.99 / BTL.- $251.94 CASE OF 6




2009 Lynmar Estate Pinot Noir- Russian River Valley, CA

Listen, there are definitely times, when a velvety, red-fruited Pinot Noir imbued with spice and vanilla, from a great California vineyard fits the bill.

Lynmar has an amazing history. The property was purchased in 1980, and planted with vines from the famous vineyards of Joseph Swan. These vineyards were fruit sources for both Merry Edwards and Tony Soter at the time. Lynmar makes a bit of estate wine and a few single vineyard designates, mainly from Quail Ridge, their flagship vineyard.

We have quite a bit of the 2009, and we able to broker a very good deal with the distributor for this larger purchase. It is a good enough deal that we are actually are not allowed to advertise the price, so you will need to email or call (sorry) for the deets.





2006 Wieninger “Nussberg” Beerenauslese, Wiener Wein, Austria


Why limit yourself to just one dessert when you can have one, plus one in a glass?


Celebrating a special occasion like Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to grab a bottle of fantastic dessert wine like this one from Fritz Wieninger.


Wieninger is one of the great producers of Austria, his vineyards just happen to be in the city of Vienna.


This rare and amazingly delicious dessert wine comes from the famed vineyard of Nussberg.  The vineyard is co-planted with dozens of varietals interspersed, harvested and fermented together.


On rare occasions, such as in 2006, Wieninger is able to produce a dessert wine, a Beerenauslese from the vineyard.


Rich, layered honey and floral notes, combine with hints of pineapple and orange peel.  The wine is lush, but has an acidity that keeps it fresh.  Pair this with your apple or pumpkin pie, or just drink this nectar on its own.


This is an amazing value, an supply is very limited, so don’t miss it!


$28.99 BTL. (375ML) / ONLY 20 BTLS AVAILABLE 

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