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2021 Thanksgiving Wine Picks

Domaine Papagiannakos Markopoulo Savatiano (November Staff Pick)

Bright gold and clear in color, delicate bouquet, aroma of citrus. Medium acidity, long and pleasant aftertaste. The medium-weight palate and acidity make this a versatile pairing wine.
$19

Three by Wade White Blend (November Staff Pick)

95% Chenin Blanc, 5% Viognier. Think spring lemon blossoms and honeysuckle while the palate is medium bodied with snappy and refreshing melon fruit characters. This is a versatile white wine that will pair with a wide range of foods.
$21

Domaine Cogne Chardonnay (November Staff Pick)

Fruit layer shows asian pear, stone fruit, pineapple, lemon curd, anise, verbena, white pepper, crushed gravel, chalk. Over the palate, MLF is very evident with a creamy mouthfeel but also a refreshing mid plus acidity.
$16

Domaine Merceron Martin Anjou (November Staff Pick)

This 100% cabernet franc shows aromas of blackcurrant, and blackberries with spice. The supple palate highlights the fine and light tannins that are showcased on the finish.
$16

Moillard Fleurie (November Staff Pick)

Fleurie gets its intense crimson color, its floral and fruity aromas of iris, violet, rose, red fruit, and vine peach from the pink granite soil the vines grow in. The mouthfeel combines elegance, finesse, and a fleshy and silky body. Evolving to notes of spice with age.
$20

McNab Zinfandel (November Staff Pick)

This full-bodied wine leads with a savory spicy aroma that sets it apart from the simply fruity versions, and follows with blackberry, black-pepper and rosemary flavors on a slightly firm texture. Aged for 19 months in French and American oak barrels, it's distinctive, well balanced and delicious. 
$17

Taking Root
Blanc de Cabernet

The aromas have some of Sauvignon Blancs' grapefruit and grass notes, but the wine's texture is more like Albariño and the flavors of creamy sweet strawberry, pineapple and banana pith suggest something like Verdejo.
$14

Koster-Wolf
Silvaner

Dry and light on its feet, it's a wonderfully thirst-quenching white with a long, intensely mineral finish. A fantastic value for an elegant wine with wide appeal.
$17

Airlie Seven
White Blend

Muller Thurgau, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Muscat. A complex wine that appeals to all, with floral, grapefruit, pear and apricot aromas. An off-dry palate offset by crisp acidity adds to the lingering finish.
$18

Big Cork
Viognier

This delightful Viognier offers aromas of ripe lemon, gooseberry, fresh cut grass and crushed white gravel on the nose. The palate is soft and caressing, but with plenty of mild-mannered acidity to bolster flavors of peach, and lemon-lime.
$19

Folly of the Beast Chardonnay

Well-balanced and elegant, this wine has been aged in 30% French Oak to enhance delicious notes of apple, apricot, and butterscotch and scents of white flower and yellow apple.
$15

Âme du Vin Côtes de Provence
Rosé

Expressive notes of fresh apricot, citrus and jasmine flower delight the senses, yielding an exceptional Rosé with balance and length.
$16

Benazzoli Daphne
Bardolino

On the nose it offers a rich bouquet of fragrances, in which you can perceive red roses, geraniums, ripe red cherries, and sweet wild strawberries. The palate is light yet mouth-filling, with freshness, and gentle, well-integrated tannins.
$15

Fairfax
Pinot Noir

Classic pinot flavors of black cherry and spice with a nice velvety texture.
$17

Jacques Dépagneux, Cuvée Annie Beaujolais-Villages

A supple and upfront Beaujolais with crunchy red-fruit character that is both well balanced and showing appealing freshness on the palate.
$15

Bonny Doon Vineyards “Le Cigare Volant”
Red Wine of the Earth

This blend of 56% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 13% Syrah and 1% Petite Sirah pops with bright raspberry, crushed rock, turned earth and lilac aromas on the nose. The palate is fresh yet zesty with pomegranate and strawberry flavors.
$17

Domaine Lafage “Tessellae”
Red Blend

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre. This wine displays a spicy, complex style that carries vivid red and blue fruits, leather, licorice, tree bark, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied wine has solid purity of fruit, silky tannins, and a lovely finish.
$22

Babylon’s Peak
Cinsault

A fruit driven wine with slightly smoky undertones gives way to a lively light palate and lingering mouthfeel. The soft tannins and fine complexity are a true reflection from granite soils.
$14

Domaine Les Aphillanthes Rouge Carmin Côtes-du-Rhone Blend

Intense, stewed red and dark fruits are joined by nutmeg and black licorice in this rich wine.
$17

Luzon Monastrell

On the nose, aromas of fresh red fruit, sweet spices, roasted coffee notes predominate. In the mouth it is rich, soft and fresh. The tannins are ripe, sweet and abundant.
$13