Ultimate Thanksgiving Case
Need that awesome Thanksgiving case, but don't want to think too hard about what goes well with turkey? We've cracked the code for you! Each bottle is an excellent pairing for the Thanksgiving feast....
Here are the details:
Bubbly Rose - Filipa Pato, sparkling Baga & Bical '3B' rose, Portugal
Filipa is a darling of the Portuguese wine scene- her fresh take on Portuguese wine is always welcome at our tables!
Bubbly Champagne - Duval Leroy Champagne - France
A half bottle of Champagne for you! This is the perfect excuse to abscond to the living room if the Thanksgiving conversation gets heated.
Blanc - Xión Albariño - Rias Baixas - Spain
This classic Spanish wine is concentrated, yet has a lightness-of-being you tend to find in most Albariños that's sure to keep your palate refreshed during the feast.
Blanc- Verdicchio - Castelli di Jesi - Marche
If you can't tell already, yeah, we love Verdicchio- especially when it comes from Castelli di Jesi. These wines are some of the world's great values-- high quality, mineral-driven, savory white wines that pair so well with a wide variety of foods.
Blanc - T26 Gruner Veltliner - Austria
This vineyard sits in the shadow of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was held captive in Austria. He likely stared at this very vineyard during his captivity. But, historic significance aside, the wine is great! A kaleidoscope of mineral flavors and textures...
Rouge - La Motte Pinot Noir - Languedoc, France 2017
Delicious Pinot from southern France, grown right along the Mediterranean coast.
Rouge - A Deux Pinot Noir - Touraine, France 2015
A rich Pinot Noir from the middle of the Loire Valley. This is from the rich and toasty 2015 vintage. Full of flavor, and aged to perfection...
Rouge - J. Mourat, Marie du Fou Gamay blend - Loire Meridionale, France 2016
A paradox wine-- this one makes you think. You take a sip, try to pin it down, and are confronted with a completely different sip! This wine has a rich density to it, but also a zippy finish. It's a unique blend of Gamay, Pinot Noir, & Cabernet France (all our favorites!).
Rouge - Benjamin Taillander 'Viti Vini Bibi' - Minervois, France 2016
We were blown away by this wine when we tasted it last week. It's in a beautiful spot right now-- lively yet rich and dark-- the perfect balance of meaty, red fruit aromas and subtle herbal complexity.
Rouge - La Fleur du Roi - Bordeaux, France 2015
2015 Bordeaux! One of the great recent vintages that is drinking beautifully right now. For the Classic wine lover :)
Rouge - Cambon Gamay - Beaujolais, Burgundy, France 2016
We love Gamay from Beaujolais so much we have a whole section dedicated to it in the shop. Cambon is a project of several great Cru Beaujolais masterminds, and it is a crown jewel of this Thanksgiving Case.
Rouge - Don Silvestre Malbec - Argentina 2017
Lush, bold Malbec from Argentina. Malbec is originally from Cahors in France, but Argentina's climate brings out the dark, juicy side of Malbec...
Available for in-shop pick-up.
Supreme Thanksgiving Case
This is it: a case of supreme Thanksgiving decadence... If you want to get fancy this Thanksgiving, this is the celebratory case you want!
Aperitif - Del Professore Vermouth - Vermouth on the rocks is the hip new aperitif. Show up with this cool bottle, pour some over ice, and you'll have already brought the most interesting bottle to dinner... This is sure to impress your relatives from NYC. (If you hate vermouth we'll switch it out for something else, don't worry. But we suggest you give it a try!)
Bubbly - Montand Blanc de Blancs
Day-in, Day-out, this bottle of yummy bubbles over-delivers. It's one of those bottles you open, and then suddenly it's empty.
Bubbly - Bott Geyl Cremant d'Alsace - Extra Brut
Cremates are wines made in the Traditional Method (just like Champagne). They are highly regulated for quality, and they are from regions that are outside of Champagne. Cremants are well made and this particular one from Alsace uses classic grapes (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc).
Blanc - Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 'Les Chaumes' 2015
We only get a few bottles of this rare bottle each year. Pillot's wines are always so well balanced, and his wine from the Les Chaumes vineyard is that classic, elegant, rich-yet-refreshing Burgundy Blanc that dreams are made of. Oh- and it's from the great 2015 vintage!
Blanc - Weinbach Gewurztraminer 'Cuvee Theo' - Alsace, France 2016
Unicorn alert! Weinbach is at the top of the Alsatian wineries, and it is ultra-rare. Believe it or not, Gewurztraminer is a classic grape to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. Gewurztraminer has lush, floral, aromatics and finishes on the palate with a spicy, white-peppery zippy finish. Classicists will adore this pairing, but it will also be fun to pull out this bottle during dinner and have everyone try a sip of this historic turkey-pairing wine.
Rouge - Ken Wright Pinot Noir 'Abbot Claim' - Willamette Valley, Oregon 2015
Ken Wright is the bellwether producer of Oregon-- his techniques and views about producing high-quality wine from small vineyard sites set the tone for the Oregon wine industry, which has been focused on ultra-high quality wine since its inception. The '15 Abbot Claim is a richer Pinot Noir that is drinking great right now.
Rouge - Vajra Langhe Rosso - Nebbiolo blend - Langhe, Piemonte, Italy 2016
Nebbiolo from in and around Barolo & Barbaresco made by the charming Vaira family-- this Langhe Rosso bottle is a great ambassador of the wines of Piemonte in northern Italy.
Rouge - Chateau Falfas Bordeaux - Bourg, Bordeaux, France 2012
Chateau Falfas has been farming biodynamically for decades and has led a quiet revolution of high-quality, sustainable wines in the Bourg. Wines from the Cote de Bourg grow just across the river from Margaux, and their history is about 600 years longer than Margaux winemaking. Bourg wines are historic, traditional glimpses into the original Bordeaux wines of long ago... This particular bottle is powerful, with rich, silky tannins, and a deep red-fruited center.
Rouge - Taillander 'Viti Vini Bibi' - Minervois, France 2016
This southern France blend of Grenache, Cinsault, & Carignan is one of our shop favorites. This wine is one of those powerful, dense wines that also happens to be so smooth that it goes down easy. How is this possible? We're still wondering. Benjamin Taillander only makes 25K bottles every year, so we know he's putting lots of care and attention into each bottle.
Rouge - Francois de Nicolay, Mercurey, Burgundy, France 2015
Burgundy! We could wax poetic for days about our love of Burgundy, but we'll let this 2015 Mercurey speak for itself. Traditional horse-ploughed vineyards, rich wines that are made so minimal there is no filtration or movement throughout the cellar, and the wines are made without sulfur additions. Classic, healthy, and most important of all, delicious.
Rouge - Filipa Pato 'Post Quercus' anfora-fermented Baga 500ml
Filipa grew up in her father's winery; since she opened her own winery she has become a darling of the Portuguese wine world. This bottle is her unique take on one of her father's favorite grapes -- Baga. She ferments this one in terra-cotta pots (anforas) and the result is a fascinating wine that has a medium-rich body to it, and tons of deep-fruited flavor. She's a minimalist who farms and vilifies sustainably. We love her simple approach that produces wines that, with each sip, take you straight to their source...
Rouge - Domaine Guion Cabernet Franc - Bourgueil - Loire, France
Bourgueil is right near Chinon, and is also known for elegant, savory Cabernet Franc. We love the nascent complexity of Loire wines-- wines that make bold statements with subtle flavors and textures...
Available for in-shop pick-up or free local delivery in the Charlottesville area