What Are YOU Drinking With Thanksgiving Dinner?

Posted November 27, 2013 by Lenn Thompson in Features


Last week, the NYCR team shared some of what they will be drinking tomorrow with Thanksgiving dinner. It was a diverse list to be sure.

Now it’s your turn.

We want to know what are YOU plan to uncork with your meal tomorrow. Tell us about one bottle. Tell us about all of them.

The NYCR team is on vacation until Monday — it’s the least I can do, right? — so have a great Thanksgiving!


    Matt Covey

    Probably a Kumeu River 2008 Chard from NZ and an as yet to be determined Finger Lakes or NoFo Riesling. I’ll keep a light red on deck just in case extra drinking is required.


    Forge Cellars Reisling and Pinot Noir! Yummy!


    2009 Hosmer Brut Rosé, Cayuga Lake, Finger Lakes, New York; 2012 Barboursville Vineyards Reserve Viognier, Virginia; 2011 Passaggio Wines Unmarked Code Seven Pinot Noir, Fagan Creek Vineyard, Napa Valley, California and 2011 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California.

    Paul Z

    Won’t know for sure until I get there, but I’m assuming there will be lots of Shinn Estate Vineyards reds…Cab Franc, Nine Barrels Merlot, (hopefully some) Wild Boar Doe, all in various vintages. ‘Cause that’s how we roll. And I’m hoping there will be some FLX riesling, even if I have to bring it myself.

    David Grabowski

    Last year I served Niagara County Rieslings: Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Semi-Dry & Leonard Oakes Estates. This year will be pouring two bottles of Herman J. Weimer Dry Riesling. NYS wines are so food friendly.

    Dennis Kozuch

    Zichichi 2009 OV Zin, La Crema Pinot Noir, 2005 WEgeler Wehlener Riesling Spatlese and Billsboro Pinot Gris.


    Believe it or not, we’re still undecided. We brought back quite a few possibilities from our last FLX and VA trips. Maybe Damiani Semi-dry Riesling? Linden Vidal Riesling? Some Red Newt single vineyard Riesling? Rosé? Check back on Friday,,,,

    Anthony ianni

    We start the night before with Chef Pyle and his wife from Fair Hill Inn and Kit, my wife and co-conspirator. Not being the biggest Cali Chardonnay fans we thought it good to open two, 2006 Kistler Hyde Vineyard and 2010 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch. I liked them both for different reasons. The Kistler opened weird and backward. It opened nicely though. I’d say its about at peak. We moved to 03 Sabon CdP Prestige. Despite the heat that year I thought this wine displayed very little effect. It was more five spice, thyme and raspberry. Very nice. Moved to 99 Clerico Percristina Barolo. Powerful and delicious. Opened two or so hours prior to dinner. Displayed violet, plum, coffee and licorice. Just a killer wine which has a long road ahead of it. Clerico is one of my favorite producers and I love his Dolcettos and Barberas too. Ended with 99 d’Yquem. Compelling and contemplative. Pineapple, roasted apple, spice and honey. Who knows? It truly is one of a kind and I was grateful Chef Pyle opened this for us. Fun evening for sure. Still unsure of what I’m opening today. It’s just Kit and I this year. You’ll get two posts! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Paul Z

    So as it turns out we had 2007 and 2010 Shinn cab sauv as well as a magnum of Wolffer rose. Wow.

    Anthony Ianni

    Part 2. Kit and I spent a low key day and opened two wines: 2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Reserve and 06 Roar Pisoni Vineyard PN from Santa Lucia Highlands. The Roar was much tamer then previously tasted. Wine from this area tends to be a little big. Admittedly for a while I enjoyed the style however not so much these days. Loads of raspberry, black cherry herbs and Dr. Pepper. Was good. The Wiemer was from another planet. Peach, apple a bit of citrus and minerals all balanced with fresh acidity and just a little sweetness. Really nice length. It really was dynamite and solidifies my personal thought that HJW makes the best Riesling in the US. I’d argue the point with anyone. On a final note I think it still has life left in the bottle so if you have a few I’d suggest holding or you could sell one to me!

    Dana Estep

    2011 Gruet (NM) sparkling rose’, 2010 Lange (OR) pinot noir, 2006 Weimer semi-dry riesling – The sparkling rose’ before dinner. The other two with dinner. All were very enjoyable.

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