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Local wine picks for your Thanksgiving table

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WINCHESTER— The Thanksgiving meal is a smorgasbord of different flavors. From Aunt Diane’s sweet potato casserole that tastes almost like dessert, to Dad’s hearty stuffing filled with sausage and sage, and of course, the turkey itself – finding the right wine that can compliment those many flavors can be tough. We asked a few local wine store owners for their recommendations.

Murphy Beverage Company

Kings Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

“Kings Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Gris shows off beautiful aromas of ripe pears, lemon, and kiwi,” said Charlie Fish, Sommelier and co-owner of Murphy Beverage Company in Old Town Winchester. “The flavors extend to the palate which shows great intensity and richness extending long into the finish. There is also a little spice which is why it goes so well with turkey! This wine also was #61 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2016. Not too shabby.”

Le Fraghe Rodon Bardolino Chiaretto Italy (organic)

“This Bardolino is made from Corvina and Rondinella, 80-percent and 20-percent proportionally. Both are indigenous grapes and there’s more Corvina than you would usually find in a blend from the area. The grapes are estate-grown organically, and the two varieties are picked and fermented separately. Then they aged in stainless-steel tanks and the wine is bottled in the spring,” said Fish. “Think candied fruit. Everything about this wine is perfect for Thanksgiving, from cranberry sauce to fruit cake!”

Wine Mill

Treveri Gewürztraminer, Demi-Sec - Columbia Valley, Washington

“This wine has a delightful combination of spice and exotic fruit aromas,” said David Johnson, owner of Wine Mill in Winchester. “It ignites a spark of variety with every sip. Easy to recognize but hard to put down, this sparkling wine will captivate your senses and enlighten your experience. This varietal is the spice of life! Enjoy this wine with salty foods such as ham. It also is a great aperitif for your Thanksgiving guests with cheese and nuts.”

The Stalker - Willamette Valley, Oregon

“This wine retains richness and texture with stalk-derived spice and body that compliments rather than dominates the ripe Pinot Noir fruit,” said Johnson. “This wine pairs very well with turkey, ham or roasted meats such as standing rib roast because it will compliment the food rather than overpower it.”

D'Vine Wines & Beer

Willm Gewürztraminer, Alsace, France

“Not the typical Gewürztraminer, this is not sweet,” said Michael Janow, co-owner of D’Vine Wines & Beer in Winchester. “It produces full-bodied having a nose like rose petals and lychee. On the palate you are treated to notes of exotic fruits, like lychee, passion, and pineapple. On the mid-palate the real spice becomes apparent: pepper as well as a savory note, that carry over into the lush finish. It’ll pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving herbed stuffing.”

Busca Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California

“Savory herb aromas intermingle with dark fruits. The palate is full of cherry, blueberry, and red plum flavors that are underpinned by spice and floral elements,” said Janow. “The long, acid-rich finish exhibits bits of earth, mushroom, thyme, and continued red fruit flavors. The fruits and herb characters of this wine will enhance the flavors of the traditional turkey feast!”

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