It’s during this time of year that I find myself reaching for wines that I like to call “Spring Sippers,” like this one, a sparkling rosé from Le Grand Courtâge. This wine is an unusual blend of 3 grapes: Chardonnay and Ugni Blanc, which are white and one red grape, Gamay.
Have you ever heard of the term itis? You won't find it in Webster's, nor will your mother know the definition. No, for this word, you have to go straight to the urban dictionary (or to someone with street cred). But to save you the added effort, I'll give it to you now. Itis is defined as "the drowsy sleepy feeling you get after eating a large meal. Usual meals like big Sunday dinners, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals." And just in case you need to see the word in sentence form, the urban dictionary offers up this, "man, that itis done got me. I'm fixin' to take a nap." Now you understand, right? Me, too! I always thought it were the turkey that made me so sleepy, but apparently, it's the amount of food I'm inhaling, accompanied by large amounts of fat and salt, yummy! So, this Thanksgiving when your stomach swells up to the size of an eight month pregnant woman, you can share this little information you just learned with your family and friends. But, please don't tell them it was your favorite wine expert that gave you this incredibly intelligent word...just something you came across on the Internet. I mean, I wouldn't want to make myself look any sillier than I already do;)
A Cru Beaujolais is thought to be the quintessential wine to serve on turkey day. Beaujolais is a wine region in France (they name their wine after the place it's grown) and is made using the Gamay grape. Most people are familiar with Beaujolais Nouveau, which is fruity red wine released on the third Thursday of November, shortly after being bottled. Cru Beaujolais however, is different from Nouveau and is often compared to good Pinot Noir, except at a fraction of the price ($10-20/bottle). Its been said that this wine is the best choice when serving a Thanksgiving feast for large amounts of people. However, I have to disagree. I recently tasted the 2010 Jean Marc Burgaud Vieillesc Vignes Morgan with a huge lineup of Thanksgiving fare and personally, it didn't always work.
Although the wine has been given wonderful acclaim by Robert Parker, the only items I truly enjoyed with the wine was the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole all clashed with the wine. And my maple glazed ham didn't work, either. Except, I will note that the pieces of ham without the glaze did. (You can expect my wine and ham pairing later in the week) So, why would I serve this wine for a banquet full of people who are going to choose other items on the table? This is the problem with picking one wine for Thanksgiving dinner when a vast assortment of foods are being served! So, my advice...if you're going to serve earth driven dishes such as turkey, stuffing and veggies, go with the Beaujolais. But for items like sweet potato casserole or dark meats, refer to my previous posts for suggestions. At the end of the day, your loved ones probably won't care what they're drinking, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't make it a more enjoyable experience! Cheers!
Please let me know your comments in the section below! Have you ever heard of the term "itis"? Do you have a particular wine that you like to serve on Thanksgiving? Let's chat!
Where To Find The Wine:
The 2010 Jean Marc Burgaud Vieillesc Vignes Morgan retails for $19.99 at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits. Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463. They can ship anywhere!