Two Thanksgiving Picks (“Affordable Edition”)

Two Thanksgiving Picks (“Affordable Edition”)

Posted on Nov, 27. 2013 by

Categories: Wine

Before you know it, The Feast will be upon us. And you do not want to be caught with your pants down when it comes to what to drink with your Thanksgiving meal. So, I’ve got for you a couple selections (one red, one white) that are eminently versatile and adaptive for any variation of dishes, and (of course) outperform their price point by a mile:

2012 Avantis Estate White: You might remember this little sub-$10 gem from earlier this year – it’s one of those wines that seems to get lost in the shuffle of other flashier wines (perhaps the price causes people to not take it as seriously as they should?), but every time I go back and try it, I am yet again astounded at how good it is, how interesting it is, how expressive it is. It’s Viognier (which can be great or awful), it’s Greek (which can be great or awful), and it’s in a blue bottle (which can be great or awful). This is great wine. It’s got a spicy herbal punch up front like Muscat or Gewurtz; that leads to juicy fruit like lychee and passionfruit. It’s got a touch of richness on the palate, but there’s plenty of acidity to balance everything out nicely and give you a tremendously refreshing palate experience. A tremendous value anytime of the year, but it begs for the panoply of flavors that a holiday meal offers.

2012 Avantis Estate White
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $8.80 • Premier Cru: $9.20 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $12.00

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2012 Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Passetoutgrain [typ. retail: ~$18.50; Grand Cru: $13.56; Premier Cru: $14.18]: That’s a mouthful, to be sure, but so is the wine. I love this producer…their wines (while often a little pricier) have a real stoicism and attention to traditional details and styles that I really identify with (duh). I’d never had their Passetoutgrain before last week, but I was an instant fan (especially at this price point). Passetoutgrain is a relatively rare oddity in Burgundy – it’s an “AOC” wine, but the AOC covers all of Burgundy, and instead of the typical single-varietal wines that are mandated in most of the region, Passetoutgrain is a blend, typically of Pinot Noir and Gamay (with other stuff like Chard, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris occasionally thrown in there). The Gamay, in this case, adds a bright juicy fruit character and a bit of brambly woodsy depth that is often lost of Pinot-only Bourgogne. It’s also very expressive and even a bit masculine (which is not altogether common for these cuvees), and I chalk that up to the producer. It’s been years, honestly, since a rep brought me any Passetoutgrains, and I couldn’t be happier to find this stuff. Both Will and I were all over it, and with a price under $15, I think it’s one of the steals of the season. Stock up, because you’ll want more as soon as you try it. I know I do.

2012 Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Passetoutgrain
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $13.56 • Premier Cru: $14.18[/private_member]
Retail Price: $18.50

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One Response to “Two Thanksgiving Picks (“Affordable Edition”)”

  1. Nurul

    23. Oct, 2015

    Our French canal cruise along the Burgundy canal, staretd in a very exciting and interesting way. We approached our first Lock and the look on everybody’s face was of intrigue. How will we ever fit in the space. we cruised closer and eventually slid into the lock with only centimeters to spare.Cruising along the canal, taking in the beautiful surrounding. French plain trees lined the canal. We sat back and realized that canal cruising in France and especially Burgundy really does have a magical sense.After our first morning cruise along this beautiful french canal, we set off in the luxurious mini bus which was waiting for us at the mooring to drive us to our afternoon visit. Wine lovers will find their heaven along the fabulous route de Grand Crus. As we drove along, engulfed by vines and the spectacular scenery, we arrive at our destination, Chassagne Montrachet. We were welcomed by Jacquie Morrison, a very well established wine expert and local character.We toured the distilling room and then onto the creme de la creme, a 1000 year old cellar for our wine taste, which in french is degustation. The nectar slid gracefully over our teased taste buds. We sampled various wines which were all in my opinion excellent.At the end of this delightful afternoon we are welcomed back onboard the Apres Tout with warm hospitality from the crew. We untie the ropes and once again we are off for another superb canal cruise along the Burgundy French canal. What better way to spend a day.Well done to for such a superb experience. THANK YOU ALL xx