The perennial oenological question is what to bring for Thanksgiving dinner. These wines will do justice to the holiday bird.
Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir 2011, $13.95
While Chile is not known for Pinot Noir, cooler regions of the Aconcagua Valley are ideal for growing this finicky grape. Pour a glass if you’re a leg man.
Ponce notes “While there is a bit of earthy character on the nose, this Pinot is more California than Burgundy. But the balance is evident with black-cherry flavours and solid acidity.”
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2011, $14.95
At only 12.5 per cent alcohol, this Adelaide Hills white is low octane compared to the average Aussie Chard. Try it if you prefer white meat.
Ponce notes “The first sip is dominated by bourbon-esque oak. Once it shakes off the chill from the fridge, this Chard blossoms with pear and pineapple flavours and a refreshing acid jolt.”
Malivoire Gamay 2011, $17.95
From Vintages Essentials, Niagara’s Malivoire has had a lot of success with Gamay, Beaujolais’s signature grape. Pour if there is a meaty stuffing on the table.
Ponce notes “It’s not as fruity as the ripe 2010 vintage, but there’s plenty of juicy strawberry on the palate, plus an attractive peppery character. Chill 30 minutes to soften its tart edge.”