Thanksgiving is – and has always been – my favorite holiday. As you pause for a moment on Thanksgiving with your friends and family, please enjoy this selection of fine wines. Here are my wine picks for Thanksgiving… Cheers!

Chene Bleu Vaucluse Rose 2017: While many Rosé drinkers look forward to the first flowers of Spring and the lengthening of days as a prelude to the arrival of a new vintage of fresh and lively Rosé, the true Rosé connoisseur knows that the best bottles don’t really express themselves until summer is well over and the leaves have changed from green to many shades of red and brown. Chene Bleu is such a Rosé made from Grenache and Syrah vines up to 60 years old from an area of the Rhone valley called “Vaucluse”. It shows the versatility of fine Rosé with food, the structure to stand up to meats like a succulent brined bird or a crowned rack of pork, as well as the elegance to match nearly any appetizer leading up to the main Thanksgiving meal. It will add elegance and color to your dining room on Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite Rosé selections every year and it hails from one of the most beautiful areas in France.

Charles Heidsieck Champagne Grand Cru Blanc De Blancs NV: The Champagne region is one of the most traditional in Europe, and as such, new wines from Champagne houses are rare. This new cuvee from Charles Heidsieck is a Blanc de Blancs, which translates to “white of whites” – essentially, a white sparkling wine made from white grapes – in Champagne that means it is 100% Chardonnay. A Champagne made from 100% Chardonnay is quite unusual, as typically there is a significant percentage of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Why 100% Chardonnay? It creates a brisk, powerful Champagne with notes of citrus and flowers capable of cutting through a rich dish or pairing perfectly with fresh cracked crab or shucked oysters. In the hands of Charles Heidsieck, it also has the hint of richness the house is known for from the use of reserve wines and extended aging. This is a perfect wine to start the meal or continue the conversation with your friends and family long after the meal is finished.
Resonance McMinnville Hyland Vineyard Chardonnay 2016: Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays; in fact, as you travel the world, Thanksgiving is a fascination of many people outside our borders because of its uniquely American origin. Therefore, a proper Thanksgiving should always have wine selections from our home soil on the table. Most people associate domestic Chardonnay with California, but Oregon is making a unique style of Chardonnay that has the wine world paying close attention. In the case of Resonance – a venture from Maison Louis Jadot in Burgundy – they have the help of one of world’s most heralded winemakers in Jacques Lardiere to propel them to the top. Hyland is one of the most celebrated Chardonnay vineyards in Oregon and there were a scant 200 cases made of this wine in 2016. It has the grace and mineral quality unique to Oregon which make it a versatile food wine while matching some of the lush fruit character that California Chardonnay fans don’t want to live without. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Marin Blomquist has been working at Young’s Market Company since 2002, and has been managing The Estates Group, the Fine Wine Division of Young’s, in California since 2012. Marin grew up in Sonoma around grape vines and wineries in a family that was in the food business. After working in restaurants and graduating with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science, the wine business essentially found him. Marin is a CSW and has travelled to wine producing regions in five continents. His is passionate about wine and appreciated its deep, rich place in history and the people and families connected to and through it around the world.