Red Wine of the Month
Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun party wine. Not only because of its young, vibrant grape flavors but because it is meant to be drunk in celebration-specifically, celebration of the end of the harvest. By French law, this wine must be released on the third Thursday in November and drunk no earlier than 12:01 A.M. on that day. That works well for Americans, because it’s just in time for Thanksgiving! Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be enjoyed very young - within a year of its vintage.
Today I am tasting a 2017, George Duboeuf, Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais is the southernmost district of Burgundy and also the largest, responsible for almost half of the wines produced in the region. In a year like 2017, France’s overall smallest harvest since 1945, due to a late spring frost. If that wasn’t bad enough they experienced two July hailstorms devastating parts of the region. Some wineries lost 80% of their production.
The 2017 release of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is the 35th in America. Americans drink an estimated one million bottles of this young wine each year. Made from the Gamay grape, known for its light, fruity red wines that often exhibit floral notes makes this wine a crowd pleaser.
It pours a beautiful, brilliant and bright-ruby color. The aroma is vibrant and perfumed with crushed berries. On the palate you will find it dry, and it is a bit more tannic than I had expected. The length is good for such a young, light wine. This wine is screaming to be paired with foods like roasted turkey and cranberry sauce. Isn’t that convenient! Perfect to serve your guests, and under $10.00 a bottle!
2016 Mia Dolcea Piemont Moscato
White Wine of the Month
The term “piedmont” refers to the location of this region at the foot of the mountains-the Alps-in the northwest of Italy. The most important grape in Piedmont is the traditional Moscato d’Asti, and the well-known, sweetish wine. With it’s proximity to the French border, Piedmont has a very strong French influence on it’s wines. The individual wines of Piedmont are considered some of the best in Italy if not in the entire winemaking world.
The 2016 Mia Dolcea Moscato, is true to it’s heritage. It smells of lovely fruit. Some say it’s floral, but I smell pineapple. It’s very inviting! On the palate it is crisp, soft, and sweet. It has the fresh taste of apricot and just a bit of honey. Like any good Moscato it bursts with stone fruit flavors. It has a delicate balance, lovely finesse, and a nice length. This sweet wine will be a hit with your Thanksgiving day guests.
Cocktail of the Month - Straight Vodka - Strong
You may know November 11 as Vetrans Days, but to the Poles, November 11 is Independence Day. With the close of World War I, the country of Poland was finally returned to the map after a hundred years of occupation by Russia, Germany, and Austria. What better time is there then to celebrate the Poles favorit drink: vodka?
Traditionally, Poles drink their vodka straight; no mixers or coctails, just chilled, but without ice. When I lived in Poland, I saw vodka stored in the freezer. This made it very cold and thicker. Shots are taken with the toast, "na zdrowie," which means "to health." Glasses are often refilled in rapid succession to taking a shot, so the drinker needs to pace themselves. However, if you are a guest in a Poles house, the host will expect the bottle to be empty before you leave.
Polish vodka comes in a dizying array of flavors and colors. But to drink like a real Pole remember to serve it cold without ice and never mix it; down it in one gulp no matter the size!
Mock Pink Champagne
For Designated Drivers & Under 21
Wondering what non-alcoholic drink to serve during the Thanksgiving celebrations? Try this simple Mock Pink Champagne.
1/2 parts orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
1/2 parts sugar
1 1/2 parts water
2 parts cranberry juice
4 litres 7 Up
Pour 1 1/2 parts water, 1/2 parts sugar, 1part pineapple juice, 1/2 parts orange juice, 2 parts cranberry juice, 4 litres 7 Up in a punch bowl. Stir together. Serve in Champagne glasses (if possible).