After Independence Day, the most American of holidays is Thanksgiving. And it’s celebrated in that most American of ways: food and lots of it. An abundance and diversity of food that sends the palate will go into overload… and presents a special challenge to the wine pairer.
Fortunately, it’s a challenge easily met when we remember these three “musts” about Thanksgiving wine:
Pinot is one of the oldest known grape varieties in Europe thought to have been in existence for about 2000 years. It was first mentioned in the 13th century (as “Morillon”) in the Île-de-France region where Pinot was likely domesticated. This longevity makes Pinot a particulary interesting beyond it’s ability to produce great wine for two reasons: mutations and relations.
In celebration of our 50th “Like” on Facebook, today’s topic is provided by our 50th “Liker,” Alan Wiley of Dallas, TX. Alan writes:
What is the best way of storing sparkling wine? From 2 of the top sparkling producers in the US, I have gotten 2 1/2 answers. What is the best answer?
As with so many things wine-related, the best answer is: “Depends.”
In the most recent version of their Wine Glass Guide, Riedel, the wine glass company, suggests that Spätlese Riesling might be consumed from the Montrachet glass instead of the traditional Zinfandel/Riesling glass previously recommended. Your Private Wineaux decided to give the two glasses a side-by-side comparison.
Fall is when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of … football! And with football comes that uniquely American pre-game ritual: tailgating!
Tailgating. An American tradition that, while not quite as old as Thanksgiving, actually has quite a bit in common with the all-American holiday. It starts with a gathering of family and friends who might not otherwise find time to be together in the same place. It’s followed by a football game that, for some at least, is the primary reason for the gathering. And in the middle is a meal consisting of several of the most diverse dishes to share a plate.
Frei João Bairrada (2001). The label is cork! The wine was excellent with Cochonillo Asado!
Whether you consider it a celebration of love and romance, or just another overhyped Hallmark Holiday, Valentines Day is just around the corner. And with it come all of the signifiers and customs we’ve come to associate with the holiday: roses, chocolates, the color red, those chalky candy hearts. While any number of wines can be appropriate to help celebrate the mood of the day (if you choose to celebrate), your Private Wineaux believes that there’s one that wraps it all up into one glass.
Ladies and gentlemen: Brachetto d’Acqui