Thanksgiving Wine Picks from Williams-Sonoma Wine

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Thanksgiving Wine Picks from Williams-Sonoma Wine

We’re all looking for wine recommendations for the Thanksgiving feast, so we asked David Mogridge of Williams-Sonoma Wine for some of his crowd-pleasing favorites. Find his picks and comments below, but don’t forget these tips, too: have plenty of glasses and decant everything.  All the wines on this list will greatly benefit with some air. While the decanter is sitting, set it on a bed of ice in a big bowl to help keep the temperature just right.


Aperitifs & First Courses


Toast a special occasion meal with a glass of bubbly — Mogridge recommends these two picks.


NV Coquilette Les Clés Chouilly Champagne: “This an absolutely spectacular non-vintage champagne, with great balance and complexity and a good weight.”


NV Adami Garbèl Prosecco: “Light, fruity and balanced, this sparkling wine is great by itself but affordable enough to be used in cocktails, too.”


Turkey & Sides


White wines can make excellent pairings with poultry, from Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay and Riesling. If you choose white, look for a medium-bodied wine like these.


2010 Greywacke Wild Sauvignon: “This is one of the best, most interesting and most compelling Sauvignon Blancs I’ve ever tasted. From the original winemaker at Cloudy Bay, it’s textured and layered with a wild floral, honeysuckle nose and balanced fruit and length.”


2010 Val de Mer Chablis: “Patrick Piuze is an important young winemaker in Burgundy, and this is his second, more affordable label. It has great minerality balanced with ripe lemon flavors — a classically proportioned Chablis, bright, light and delicious.”


2009 Robert Craig Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard: “We love Robert Craig’s wines. Theyhave incredible balance and elegance while retaining ripe, bold fruit — they’re world-class and affordable. This Durell chardonnay isn’t too cloying or overbearing; California chardonnay lovers will instantly recognize the touch of richness and weight, but wine geeks will appreciate the minerality, stone fruit flavors and acidity.”


2007 Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru: “If you want to get serious about Pinot, drink a Grand Cru from a stalwart producer like Latour, who has been making wine since 1797. And drink from a classically feminine vintage like 2007. This wine has incredible depth and nuance and a magical weight and texture. It’s one of the best wines we sell.”


2011 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir: “I am really enjoying some pinot from New Zealand now, and this is a delicious crowd pleaser. New Zealand pinots have a nice mix of bright cherry fruit and ripeness that is most similar to Oregon. There’s a great purity of flavor in this compact and fun wine.”


2007 Ronchi Barbaresco: “This nebbiolo features floral notes complemented by weighty fruit, richness and a specific depth that only Italians can achieve. The combination makes this wine intriguing, complex and wonderful — and very affordable for what it is.”


After Dinner


1998 Niepoort Colheita Port: “This is port done right by the winemaker with the correct amount of age (15 years). Seriously complex, not at all cloying or overly sweet. Buy two — you’ll need them!”

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