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post #1 of 19
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We're having a small dinner where I'll be more or less the only wine drinker. So my agenda is something on the light side that will stand up to food without requiring conversation. We'll see about the weather, but my best choices along this line have generally been Cru Beaujolais or German Riesling.

I never did get organized enough to have my 2009 Beaujolais shipped in time this year, so going red would require trolling about the 2003s that are still left. Some of the Moulin-a-Vents will likely be holding in-- I loved the Julienas from that year but they're getting a little uneven. Alternatively, I may open the first bottle of Egon Muller's Scharzhofberger Kabinett (2005). Low in alcohol, eminently sippable (I would guess), and won't get pushed around by any of the rich food.

What will y'all be serving?
post #2 of 19
I, unfortunately, will spend another Thanksgiving working all day for other people.

However, my staff and I will be recommending the 2009 Drouhin Cru Morgon and the 2005 Family Helfrich Steinklotz Grand Cru Riesling.
post #3 of 19
Roasting a duck this year. 2003 JK Carriere Pinot.
post #4 of 19
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I, unfortunately, will spend another Thanksgiving working all day for other people.

Ugh, that sucks. Hopefully some post-service debauchery planned?

Re: OP, had originally planned to get some Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, but folks here (including kwilk) suggested it might be too heavy. I think I'm going to go champagne. Also, my friend might be bringing some Peter Michael pinot noir, which I'm excited to try.
post #5 of 19
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Ugh, that sucks. Hopefully some post-service debauchery planned?
Re: OP, had originally planned to get some Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, but folks here (including kwilk) suggested it might be too heavy. I think I'm going to go champagne. Also, my friend might be bringing some Peter Michael pinot noir, which I'm excited to try.

Nope. Gotta get to bed early. Work at 10 the next day.

Ive never had the peter michael pn, but ive had a couple of their chards. none were that special. In fact, my reaction to a peter michaels chard tasted blind caused the head somm at Trotters to say that I was developing "a very european palate," which was, and remains, my favorite compliment of all time.
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Nope. Gotta get to bed early. Work at 10 the next day.
Ive never had the peter michael pn, but ive had a couple of their chards. none were that special. In fact, my reaction to a peter michaels chard tasted blind caused the head somm at Trotters to say that I was developing "a very european palate," which was, and remains, my favorite compliment of all time.

ffffuuuu.gif Mr. fancy-pants sommelier keeps bursting my bubble. That's it--it's gonna be a PBR Thanksgiving, just like the motherfucking pilgrims intended.
post #7 of 19
I purchased a bottle of Merry Edwards Pinot Noir a week ago; haven't opened it yet. I'll probably drink it with some pigeon. Their Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorites.

I'll have to check out that '05 Riesling.
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ffffuuuu.gif Mr. fancy-pants sommelier keeps bursting my bubble. That's it--it's gonna be a PBR Thanksgiving, just like the motherfucking pilgrims intended.


Shit man im just one guy. You might love it. Amd since someone else is paying for it, no skin off your back either way.
post #9 of 19
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Shit man im just one guy. You might love it. Amd since someone else is paying for it, no skin off your back either way.

I was just kidding.
post #10 of 19
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I tend not to understand West Coast pinots, but the only Peter Michael chard I ever had was remarkably good. So their reds might be worth trying, especially with an American-style meal.
post #11 of 19
Which cuvee, Concordia? I think the one that I had a very bad reaction to was Cuvee Indignee, IIRC. Just overpowering wine made from poor quality valley floor fruit. The others I had were inoffensive, but not good.
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I purchased a bottle of Merry Edwards Pinot Noir a week ago; haven't opened it yet. I'll probably drink it with some pigeon. Their Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorites.
I'll have to check out that '05 Riesling.
Was it a single vineyard release or the RRV blend? I think her RRV blend is fine for pop and pour, but the single vineyards need a few years.

If you can find the Steinklotz, it's good stuff. It's distributed by a company that I hate to work with-- the WalMart of wine distribution, but this was a good deal. Only $14 at wholesale if I'm remembering that right.
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I was just kidding.

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post #12 of 19
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Was it a single vineyard release or the RRV blend? I think her RRV blend is fine for pop and pour, but the single vineyards need a few years.
If you can find the Steinklotz, it's good stuff. It's distributed by a company that I hate to work with-- the WalMart of wine distribution, but this was a good deal. Only $14

RRV blend.

I'll look for it. So far, my favorite Riesling I've purchased was the 2003 S.A Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr. One of the best I've tasted was a 1990 J.J. Prum.
post #13 of 19
^i used that riesling to get red wine stains off my shirt today peepwall[1].gif. it was a later vintage tho


i think champs is always a good choice no matter what the occasion. i'm thinking of bringing a bottle of dom p 2k2 to the real turkey day dinner, but honestly dont want to share it
post #14 of 19
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Which cuvee, Concordia? I think the one that I had a very bad reaction to was Cuvee Indignee, IIRC. Just overpowering wine made from poor quality valley floor fruit. The others I had were inoffensive, but not good.
No idea-- sorry. And since I'm not really a fan of California chards, I might just have been setting the bar really low.
post #15 of 19
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So far, my favorite Riesling I've purchased was the 2003 S.A Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr. One of the best I've tasted was a 1990 J.J. Prum.
Prum is one of the safest bets out there. If you ever find any 2001s, jump on them.
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