Let’s think outside the box with regard to Thanksgiving wines–there’s more to Turkey Day than just pinot noir or chardonnay! Wine Manager Michael Catalano of The Cellar at the new H-E-B San Felipe has a few hidden gems for us to seek out…
The Volratz Riesling from the Rheingau wine region of Germany is bright and crisp with noteworthy mineral tones and lovely acidity. There’s also enough fruit in there to pull everything together as far as your meal is concerned – rieslings pair beautifully with most food.
A common misconception is that rieslings are really sweet, but that’s not the case–especially here! This one is a steal for under $14 at H-E-B.
This 2013 Año Verde Pinot Noir is out of Santa Barbara, which by the way, is producing some wonderful wines as of late. This pinot has fresh fruit (cherry) with a subtle warm baking spice on the finish. Its bright acidity allows for a choice pairing with a ton of fare. Yes, this is your Thanksgiving Pinot for less than $20!
In keeping with our offbeat selections, the Melée by Tuck Beckstoffer is 100% Grenache with nice acidity as well as a solid tannin structure. Another fun Thanksgiving wine with a lot of dark berry flavor and spice. Around $29.
REMEMBER: Buy six or more bottles – mixed and matched – for 10% off your total purchase! Your holiday party planning begins with a much deserved glass of the good stuff. 🙂