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Arlington, VA 22240
We are getting really close to Turkey Day and a lot of people are having Friends-giving and other celebrations this weekend! So, stop by tonight when Jenalyn is going to be pouring four perfect wines to pair with your Thanksgiving meal.
- Gruet Blanc de Blanc Sauvage NV: Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery is a family owned and operated New Mexico-based winery that produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay based Methode Champenoise sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with its roots in Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. Sauvage is for the sparkling wine connoisseur that appreciates bone dry acidity. 100% Chardonnay with zero dosage and 0.04% RS! Wonderful bright citrus and mineral aromas match the delicate but persistent bubbles. This pairs well with seafood, dishes with cream sauces, and fatty foods … the acid and fizz would be perfect on Thanksgiving to cleanse the palate.
- Castillo de Monjardin“El Cerezo” Pinot Noir 2014: Castillo de Monjardín sits in the northwest corner of Navarra in the foothills of the Pyrenées, not far from the French border. Monjardín’s 300+ acres of vineyard lie on sunny slopes at an average altitude of 1,800 feet and are cooled by the Cierzo wind from the mountains. Monjardín’s unique microclimate and the winemaking skills of proprietor-winemaker Victor Villar yield wines of singularly intense aroma, full flavor and firm structure. All wines are single-vineyard bottlings, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak. One of the few Pinot Noir’s grown in Spain, it is from a 10 acre block of the “El Cerezo” vineyard that is 30 years old. It was planted on clay and limestone. Silky, with a long, refined finish. On the palate is very elegant, well balanced with flavors of red berries. 100% Pinot Noir
- Marqués de Griñón El Rincón 2013: This wine is produced from a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Garnacha from the El Rincón estate vineyard in the Aldea del Freso region of the DO Vinos de Madrid. The family strives to capture the unique terroir in the bottle of each wine they make, and El Rincón is no exception. Here, the vines are grown in decomposed granite, which they believe lends an unmistakable elegance and precision to the final wine. This vineyard is 23 acres in size and produces just over 3,000 cases. El Rincón is marked by its expressiveness with notes of ripe plum, violets, spice, and a background of vanilla caramel. The palate shows the same expressiveness and complexity with plenty of ripe fruit that is balances by soft tannins and nice acidity. Many think that Syrah offers a great Thanksgiving option, and who are we to argue, especially with a bottle like this on the table!
- Gruet Demi-Sec NV: The Gruet family, already well-established making Champagne since 1952 in France, knew a few European winemakers who had started vineyards in New Mexico with pleasing results. So, they visited the state and realized an ideal climate for growing grapes. In 1983, the Gruets purchased a vineyard near the Elephant Butte Reservoir and expanded their legacy to the U.S. Today, they have three vineyards with a total of 405 acres ranging in elevation from 4,245 to 5,110 feet above sea-level. Their Demi-Sec has two sides: the seriousness of a well-made methode champenoise and the fun of an everyday, slightly sweet libation. It has been named one of the Brides Magazine Top Ten Wedding Wines but pairs wonderful well with all of life’s occassions, like Thanksgiving. It is fresh and delicate with aromas of fresh apple, pear, and peach that continue onto the palate and merge with notes of honeysuckle and pineapple that emerge towards the finish.
Also, don’t forget that we have a great special event tomorrow, our Iberian Holiday tasting!