Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or having someone else carve the turkey, a good wine on the table is of utmost importance. We consulted three of the best wine stores in the city, and here are their top wine suggestions for toasting this Thanksgiving:
Astor Wines and Spirits: this Greenwich Village fixture is our go-to destination for downtown spirits shopping. For Thanksgiving this year, the Astor wine buyer recommends a sparkling Malbec from Argentina: Terra Sparkling Malbec, 2008 by Viniterra. It’s a fresh complement to hearty dinner fare, pairing nicely with Thanksgiving dishes from tart to rich and sweet. Typically, people think of sparkling wines as being only white. This wine is unique because it’s an off-dry to dry sparkling red – and it’s also incredibly berried and fruit-forward. Drink chilled and serve up. The cost is very affordable — you might consider purchasing a case so that everyone at your Thanksgiving gathering has plenty to enjoy.
Sherry-Lehmann: this venerable wine and spirits shop on Park Avenue recommends a wine from Belle Glos (owned by California’s famous Caymus Vineyards). They suggest the Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley) Pinot Noir, 2007. Clark & Telephone Vineyard is cooled by wind and fog that approaches from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River. ”Now 35 years old, the vineyard was planted ‘own root’ to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir — one of the first to grace the California coastlands — has become something of a lost treasure.” The hints of spice, cinnamon, and ripe rich fruit in this wine make it an ideal complement to Thanksgiving dinner.
Gotham Wines and Liquors: Gotham Wines on the Upper West Side suggests taking a different approach from the traditional Thanksgiving wine pairings of Zinfandel and Beaujolais Nouveau. Instead, their pick for 2008 leans toward more of a classic style: Merlot. That’s right, Merlot. Gotham insists you can find great Merlots from Washington State, France or any other countries you wish to explore. Their top choice is the Falesco Montiano, 2004, a red wine from Lazio. Its dark garnet in color and has flavors of dry black fruit, cured black olives, cloves, milk chocolate, and hints of vanilla and licorice. With soft round tannins and rich body, the Falesco Montiano is perfect for a Thanksgiving feast.
Winebow: Finally, we conferred with our friends at Winebow, America’s leading importer of premium Italian wine and one of the largest distributors in New York. They recommend the Allegrini Palazzo della Torre from the Valpolicella region of Italy as one of the best wines for Thanksgiving. This is an innovative ripasso-style wine that is rich, juicy and refined. Its aromas of currant and dried spice pair well with the traditional turkey and cranberry sauce meal. You can find Allegrini at fine wine emporiums throughout New York and in the three stores mentioned above.