Thanksgiving is upon us.
Here at RED, we’ve been busy. Our storefront is almost complete (the sign looks amazing), we’ve hired some fabulous new team members (welcome Tim and Kelly) and we’ve been fortunate to welcome some fantastic new customers to the store.
As our thoughts turn to the Thanksgiving meal, we want to offer you some special wines to serve to your family and friends. At RED, we believe Thanksgiving wines should be special wines; so we have selected a sampling of both white and red wines that we feel are unique and worthy of a place at your table. As always, if you’re looking for something to pair with a particular dish, please give us a call or swing by the store and our knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist.
Domaine St. Nicholas Les Clous 2009 $21.99:
On a recent visit to RED, famed French importer Dan Kravitz (owner of Handpicked Selections—one of the finest importers of French wines around) toured the store surveying our selections. He stopped in front of this wine, and remarked, “Wow, I can’t believe you guys have this wine. I buy this for Laurence Feraud (owner and winemaker for Domaine de Pegau and one of the Rhone Valley’s top winemakers) and keep it for her in Paris. This is a very good wine.” Coming from someone of the caliber of Dan Kravitz, that’s pretty high praise. The 2009 Les Clous is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Grolleau Gris from the Loire Valley. It has a wonderful taste of minerals and rich apple/pear fruit, and will complement most any white meat or poultry dish.
Kitchen Sink White Blend $9.99:
This white blend (as the name implies) is just off dry, with flavours of honeysuckle and melon. It’s just dry enough for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc drinkers, but with aromatics and fruit to please those who enjoy sweeter whites. A staff favorite. A RED Spirits & Wine exclusive offering in Nashville.
Tami Nero D’Avola 2009 $19.99:
For those who prefer a heavy-styled red, we’re recommending this Nero D’Avola by Arianna Occhipinti, a young up and coming winemaker who released her first vintage in 2004 at the age of 21. Arianna tends 14 hectares of olive groves and 5 hectares of vineyards in the land around Vittoria, southeastern Sicily. This Nero D’Avola is rich with complex flavours of blackberry and other dark fruits, finishing on a spicy, gingery note. This wine makes a great alternative to Zinfindel and Cabernet Sauvignon, and will pair nicely with grilled or roasted meats.
Domaine de la Noblaie Les Chiens-Chiens 2007 $21.99:
Our final red is a delicious Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. This wine is light enough to please those who prefer Pinot Noir or cru Beaujolais (another of our favorite selections for Thanksgiving), yet has the structure to be versatile throughout the entire Thanksgiving meal. Made by the young and dynamic vigneron Jerome Billard (27 years old), Les Chiens-Chiens (literally Dogs-Dogs) is produced from a single vineyard of Cab Franc and aged for 12 month in 3-year-old barrels. From limestone and flint terroir, it is earthy, with concentrated dark fruit flavours. This wine will benefit from a 45 minute decanting.
Coquelet Beaujolais-Villages $16.99:
Sourced from some of the best vineyards in the Beujolais-Village AOC (from select parcels just south of Morgon, one of the most renowned of the Beaujolais crus), this wine has flavours of wild berries and coriander. Light and lithe on the palate, this wine shows why Damien Coquelet is a rising star in Beaujolais. It also garnered 89 pts. from Robert Parker.
Brazin Dry Creek Zinfindel $14.99:
This Zinfindel is stuffed with bountiful flavours of black cherries, plums, and blueberries with just a touch of mocha and cinnamon on the finish. A define crowd favorite and a wine that will hold up to just about anything you want to serve. (Ok—maybe not Thai Curry!)
The RED team hope that each and every one of you has a very special Thanksgiving, and we hope to see you in the store again soon.
– The RED Spirits & Wine Team