Everyone is focused on Thanksgiving, the big feast and, yes, politics. Everyone is plotting how to keep the holiday dinner from being a political nightmare. What does one do when you have staunch republicans and feisty democrats at one table?
Simple. Just keep the wine talk flowing.
Here’s a winning strategy. Just have some favorite bottlings on the table and when someone starts to filibuster or a nasty argument begins to fester, just point to the wine and say, have you tried such and such?
Here are a few lovely peace-keepers:
- Garnet Vineyards, 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, $35.
- “The Whole Shebang! Cuvee 10 at $10.
- The Chandon NV California Brut Classic at $22.
Just put your faith in the wine because if it’s tasty enough, it will not only serve as a distraction … it will be the main course in your table talk.
For wine geeks, here are detailed tasting notes on the bottlings:
Garnet Vineyards, 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, $35. A treat for Thanksgiving because it’s a bright and lively food wine. It trumpets tangy red fruit – cherry and strawberry – with notes of mineral and white pepper. Lovely.
“The Whole Shebang! Cuvee 10 at $10. With Cotes du Rhone as it model, this blend has tangy red fruit with crisp acid and a spicy finish. It’s approachable yet layered and sophisticated, a remarkable red for the price.
The Chandon NV California Brut Classic at $22. The Brut Classic is citrusy with notes of apple, pear and spice. It manages to be balanced with bright acid keeping the sparkler’s creamy texture in check.