Best Bets For the #1 Wine-drinking day in the U.S.
Ecker Gruner Veltliner 2009
Sometimes referred to as Austrian Pinot Grigio, this wine has more body and balance to stand up to turkey. It’s from a 300-year-old vineyard that produces only 3,000 cases of this clean, food-friendly wine. Herbal and grassy notes make this a turkey day winner.
Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi “Ultra Cuvee” Sparkling NV
Sparkling wine is a holiday tradition, and this one will get through the whole day. It offers hints of peach, pear and floral notes, plus spice and a red fruit finish. It’s full of flavor. You can’t help but enjoy this bargain-price sparkler.
Forest Grove Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley , Oregon, $16
This wine is from the best locale for pinot in the United States, the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This 09’er typifies what the vineyard does best: cherry and raspberry highlights, juicy spice, medium body and elegant texture. If you select only one wine for this day, make it a Pinot Noir.
Park Lane Gewurztraminer 2007
Alexander Valley, California, $11
For a light and spicy, all-purpose choice, Gewurztraminer is spot on. The best are from Alsace, but this all-American version is up to the challenge. It’s low in alcohol and easy to sip all day long, right through the last football game.
Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
It’s always a safe choice, especially with any heavy sauces or gravy. This one offers big smoky oak with orange, apricot and vanilla notes. It delivers all you expect from a California chard due to its big, oaky flavors. Plus, it’s dry and crisp—perfect for the big bird.
WINES COURTESY OF THE WINERIES & (1) BE MEGAN ROWLEY