V. Sattui Winery, located in the southern reaches of the gorgeous St. Helena appellation, has put together a special collection of wines for the Thanksgiving dinner table this year. All chosen to pair perfectly with an array of Thanksgiving main courses and side dishes, the collection features four fantastic varietals: Gamay Rouge, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines are classic choices for Thanksgiving—lending themselves well to the array of delicious food and enhancing the textures, flavors and experience of each bite. What’s more is that enjoying great wine also brings family together—creating that warmth of spirit, stimulating endless conversation, and providing an overwhelming sense of gratitude for love and family.
V. Sattui Winery’s Thanksgiving Box offers every member of the family an enjoyable Thanksgiving wine experience. With four distinct wines, there is something to strike the fancy for each individual palate.
The 2014 Gamay Rouge, a newly-released Rosé-style wine made of the French Gamay grape variety, is excellently suited to the turkey, cranberry sauce and natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes. With an aromatic nose and sensuous palate full of red fruit flavors of strawberry, cranberry and maraschino cherry, this wine is a great way to begin the meal. Furthermore, the notes of apple blossom and gentle sweetness are a heavenly combination. Drink this at the dinner table or even before dinner while you are cooking it up in the kitchen!
Another classic Thanksgiving wine is Chardonnay, and the new 2014 Sattui Family Chardonnay release certainly does not disappoint. Lovely aromas of citrus fruit coupled with crisp green apples and a touch of vanilla embody the spirit of the season; the palate brings a rich mouthfeel juxtaposed against nice acidity, with alluring flavors of apple and deliciously-spiced butter. This is both delicate and rich—simply delicious with turkey drenched in gravy and butter-laden mashed potatoes.
Pinot Noir is perhaps the wine most commonly paired with Thanksgiving dinner, and for good reason! Pinot Noir is delicate and flavorful, as well as textured and flexible with a range of flavors. The newly-released 2013 Sattui Family Pinot Noir is masterful at complementing the flavors of the Thanksgiving dinner table. Lending itself well to the succulent turkey, you could choose to dip bites into cranberry sauce that would highlight the fruit flavors of the Pinot, or even dip bites into gravy to enhance the texture and richness of the Pinot—yielding two very different, but equally delicious pairing combinations. Pinot Noir can even be enjoyed with those vegetable side dishes! Take for instance a classic green bean casserole. The wine is full of fruit and earthy flavors, the latter of which marries quite well with the rustic flavor of green beans.
For those looking for a little more gusto in terms of body and richness with their Thanksgiving wine pairing, look no further than the 2011 Sattui Family Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a classic Napa Valley Cab that is approachable in its youth and offers a bit more weight for the serious, robust red wine drinkers at your Thanksgiving table. You may be thinking that Cabernet Sauvignon is a bit too heavy for turkey, but its ability to pair with Thanksgiving foods all depends on the style of the wine.
This particular Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to be enjoyed young—the tannins are gentle, the fruit is juicy and up front on the palate, and the balance between fruit and earth make this wine versatile for pairing. Savory flavors of earth, ginger and cocoa mingle with floral touches of lilac and red and black fruit, all wrapped up in a sophisticated style. Robust enough to handle gravy and stuffing, but gentle enough to bring a little oomph to the turkey, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a welcomed addition to any Thanksgiving dinner.
For Thanksgiving this year, invite the Sattui family to your family dinner table with their stunning Thanksgiving Box collection.
*Originally published on Examiner.