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A Thanksgiving Plan

Magazine article Sunset

A Thanksgiving Plan

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Tradition notwithstanding, holiday celebrations come in all shapes and sizes, calling for different approaches to serving wines. Here's how I'd plan for the three menus we offer in "A Perfect Fit," starting on page 66.

Family feast for 12 to 14

For a large family gathering, Thanksgiving can be an all-day affair; people start sipping wine early. And the menu entails many flavors that, served buffet style, all appear on the same plate, so you need wines that match a wide range of foods. I'd serve two aperitifs, then a white and a red with the feast, followed by a terrific dessert wine.

Jekel Riesling 2002 (Monterey, CA), $11. Beautiful, fresh flavors of pear, ginger, lavender, and jasmine, with the merest touch of sweetness.

Mirabelle Brut Sparkling Wine non-vintage (Napa Valley), $18. Frothy and festive, with a crisp, citrusy tingle.

Thomas Fogarty Gewurztraminer 2002 (Monterey, CA), $15. Spicy and luscious--a great white for standing up to a multitude of flavors.

Mazzocco Zinfandel 2001 (Dry Creek Valley, CA), $16. Briery aroma, ripe boysenberry-pie flavors, and a soft but meaty texture.


Cossart Gordon 15-Year-Old Bual Madeira nonvintage (Madeira, Portugal), $31 (500 ml.). Pricey, but one bottle will serve the whole crowd, since a small pour is customary. The flavor is reminiscent of toffee and brown sugar with hints of creme caramel.

Harvest dinner for 6 to 8

With a smaller group and menu, the wines can complement specific dishes. …

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