We went on the hunt for more whites and reds for Thanksgiving and beyond. Our mission was to find wines that are terrific on their own, and match well with a wide array of foods. We found them, including one white that is a “secret” among wine experts. We’re excited because our collection is both delicious and affordable. (We provide one a little higher in price to bring as a generous host gift. Bonus recommendation: The Nino Negri 2011 Sfursat is a show favorite.)
TIP: Do it the easy way. Take these wine labels to your store on your smart phone, or call ahead and read the names to your store manager. ( The U.S. Distributor assures us they’ve made sure there is plenty of quantity.)
1. White wine lovers rejoice. When she’s not drinking her beloved champagne, Faith’s fave white for Thanksgiving is this beautifully balanced dry French Chardonnay that is elegant overall, with fantastic minerality, and soft in the mouth. She buys it by the case. $20 Olivier Leflaive Les Setilles, 2013. U.S. Distributor is Frederick Wildman.
2. Here’s the white that many wine insiders drink with turkey at Thanksgiving. $20 Hugel Riesling from Alsace. It’s very dry, yet it gives the impression of giving off a whisper of pineapple aroma and flavor, barely perceptible but a wonderful match with turkey and sides. U.S. Distributor is Frederick Wildman.
3. Red fans, here’s a delicious bargain from Italy, supple yet sturdy, and truly inviting when it comes to food. 2013 Ruvei Barbera from the winemaker Marchesi di Barolo, $15. U.S. Distributor is Frederick Wildman.
4. If people have gone all out for you, or you need a wine present, this is a beauty. Barolo is considered the king of wines in Italy, and when you drink this one you understand why. It has pristine structure to match with food, and a velvet mouth feel, with spice coming off the fruit. These Barolos can cost hundreds of dollars, that’s why one of this quality is an exceptional find. We drank this one with Lidia Bastianich’s Italian Beef Roasted in Barolo and we were in absolute heaven. Fantastic with turkey, stuffing, sides. $40, 2010 Barolo from the vineyard Marchesi di Barolo. U.S. Distributor is Frederick Wildman.