Thanksgiving will soon be here, and you're probably starting to put together your menu. And as it looks like most of the country will be in what amounts to another Covid19 lockdown, wine and family sound like just the ticket.  So, I politely suggest that you get on it!  No matter what you're having, you'll want some great wines to go with the big meal. You might want to think about ditching the "standard" stuff -- Cabernet Sauvignon and oaky Chardonnay -- to expand your horizons. Your guests will love it! Vouvray/Chenin Blanc:  These are 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…

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Try some different wines for Thanksgiving-Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Ports for dessert. Leave the Chardonnay and Cabernet on the shelf.
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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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