Thanksgiving Wines with Blair

November 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Okay, don’t forget about the wines that you will need to serve around the meal at Thanksgiving. Whether it is the bubbles beforehand or the Port to go with dinner, Thanksgiving is a great time to pull out the stops and serve a selection of wines to complement each stage of your meal! Stop by tonight to sample wines that will go great with those various courses of your Thanksgiving extravaganza!

The Wines:

  • Bohigas Brut Reserva Cava NV: The Bohigas family has been making wine from their estates in Catalunya (about 45 miles west of Barcelona) since 1290 and their cellar aged sparkling wines (what would eventually become known as Cava) first appeared on the market during Christmas 1936. Today, it is a family affair, with three generations involved with the production, management, and export of the wine. Like all Cava, secondary fermentation is carried out in the bottle in their underground cellars, which are naturally maintained at 60F all year round. In the dark and cool, the yeast slowly work their magic, turning the still wine into wondering sparkling! Aged for 15 months, at least, on the lees and dosaged to 6 g/l sugar. Gorgeously golden, like the late autumn afternoon, with a lovely aroma of citrus zest and white flowers. Those same white flowers appear on the palate with a nice spiciness and it is balanced with plenty of acidity, freshness, and volume. Serve as an aperitif, with appetizers, fish dishes, or to accompany an entire meal. 50% Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeo, & 20% Parellada.
  • Finca Decero Malbec 2015: Decero, meaning “from scratch”, was born of a bare patch of land and a family´s love affair with wine. Starting “decero” was exactly how Thomas Schmidheiny dreamt of beginning a world-class vineyard, free from constraint of tradition and full of passion. The beautiful yet desolate spot Thomas had found was cradled in the heart of Agrelo, in the foothills of the Andes. This land, bare apart from wild shrubs, was to become the Remolinos Vineyard. Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage. The 2015 vintage was characterized by a particularly warm spring and early summer which brought forward harvesting by 10-15 days. Even though there were frequent summer rains the final crop was small in quantity but high quality. The 2015 Malbec being one of our lighter Malbec wines of recent years which is in harmony with its supple tannins gently integrated over 14 months in French oak barrels. 100% Malbec
  • Noval Black NV: Quinta do Noval has been making fine port since 1715 and made it thru phylloxera thanks to the hard work of a couple of visionary men that replanted the vineyards and established a number of innovations that were revolutionary then. Noval really made its name with their declaration of the 1931 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, and the 1931 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port. Later in the century, they were the first house to launch the LBV (aka “Late Bottled Vintage” Port), which had been discussed for years in the region. Noval Black is another step in that innovation. It is clear expression of the house style that requires no ageing or decanting. Enjoy with dark chocolate, nuts, drink chilled, or use as a cocktail ingredient.
  • Noval 10 Year Old Tawny: Tawny Port is a blend of older vintage wines, displaying a rich amber color. They typically lie on the slightly sweeter side of the spectrum. As a tawny port spends more time in oak, its color starts to fade from ruby red to more ruby-orange or a “brick red,” often reaching a deep amber or mahogany color by the time it’s matured. The aging process also contributes to the flavor, making it nuttier and more complex with rich flavors of caramelized figs, dates and prunes compared to the fresh fruit factors found in a Ruby Port. The age designation is slightly confusing because the year on the bottle is just an average of the various vintages used in the blend, not the exact years the wine has been aged. Tawny Ports pair great with a wide variety of foods, including cheddar cheese, caramel apples, apple pie, dried fruit, chocolate, cheesecake, pumpkin dishes, and pecan pie.
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