Wines for Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving eve, and you're probably putting together your menu.  And if you're not...get on it!  And no matter what you're having, you'll need some wines to go with the big meal. Vouvray/Chenin Blanc:  This is among the best wines in the world for Turkey.  Vouvrays are Chenin Blanc-based wines from France, and come in a variety of styles, from dry to off-dry, semi-sweet and sweet.  South Africa makes great Chenin Blancs, too: try Raats Family, Indaba or Cederberg.  And Napa's Pine Ridge makes a wonderful mixture of Chenin Blanc and Viognier that I recommend highly.Rose:  If you're having ham by any chance, try pairing it with Mulderbosch Rose, from South Africa, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. And if…

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Perfect Pairing: Corn Fritters and off-dry Vouvray!

Over the Christmas holidays, I twice made fresh corn fritters and served them with pure maple syrup. And - I accompanied them with a chilled Vouvray, Domaine le Peu de la Moriette J.C. Pichot 2008. The pairing was a big hit both times! Vouvray is a wine region in the Loire Valley in France, and its wines are typically made from 100% Chenin Blanc, although in that appellation a small amount of the Arbois grape is permitted but rarely used.  Chenin Blanc isn't too popular or well known in the US, and that's too bad, as it makes a wonderful, silky and lush white wine. It's also made very well in South Africa and sometimes referred to by its local…

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