November’s Featured Wines – Second Flight

Melissa:  It’s November, and for me that means it’s all about Thanksgiving!!  Anyone who knows me knows I adore Thanksgiving, and like to go all out!  (You may have seen my posts of my bacon wrapped turkey.)  That’s why I’ve staged a little blog coup and decided I’m not going to bring you 2 wines… Oh no… I’m rolling with 4 suggestions!

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

In my opinion, Thanksgiving or any celebration requires a little of the bubbly… I suppose it’s also important to point out there are times when making it through a Monday is cause for celebration in my house.

I’m starting out with the sparkling wine I keep in stock at all times in my home (See above point about celebrating the completion of a “Monday”).

LaMarca Prosecco

What They Say:  Prosecco has quickly become one of the most successful sparkling wine types made today. Prosecco refers to the white grape variety and the sparkling wine from which it is produced. This expressive grape is prized for its delicate flavors and aromatics. Therefore, Prosecco is made through the Charmat method, as the classic Champagne method would mean aging the wine for several years before release, robbing the wine of its freshness.

What We Say:  This is literally my everyday bubbly.  I will not hesitate to pop open a bottle the second a girlfriend walks in the door to celebrate getting together.

Food Suggestions:  Enjoy as an apéritif or pair with mild cheeses, light hors d’oevres, salads, seafood linguine in garlic butter sauce, a lighter fish, such as sole, snapper and mahi-mahi.  I like this Prosecco with a light cheese flight, or just sipping casually before your starters.

Price Point: $ 15.79 (wine.com)

Click here for the LaMarca website

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (Brut) – @Veuve_Clicquot


Now, this is my celebration / holiday go to!!  It’s on the higher price side, but consider it part of your “I’m thankful for… “ toast. (And you can be thankful for Veuve.  It’s acceptable.)

What They Say:  First, Brut Yellow Label looks beautiful: golden-yellow, with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles. Next it is so pleasing to the nose: initially reminiscent of white fruits and raisins, then of vanilla and later of brioche. Note the fine balance between the fruity aromas coming from the grape varieties and the toasty aromas following the aging in the bottle.

What We Say:  There is a reason I like to save this for the special occasions. It’s just so wonderfully crisp and fresh and just brings a smile to the lips and kicks off any special occasion with a happy start.

Blend Information:  Grapes from 50 to 60 different crus, or growing areas,
are used to produce the Veuve Cliquot Brut Yellow Label:  50 to 55% Pinot Noir, 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier, 28 to 33% Chardonnay.

Food Suggestions:  They suggest as an Aperitif Champagne, which is just how we typically serve it, with our cheeses and start to a holiday dinner. It is also the bubbly that we drink to welcome our travelers when they arrive the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,  just before our pizza dinner.

Price Point: $ 44.99 (wine.com)

Click here for the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin website (requires translation)

The Main Stage

Here’s where I break the rules yet again and refuse to serve a white with my poultry.  My Thanksgiving meal breaks the rules too and deserves a wine full-bodied enough to compete.

The Show Cabernet Sauvignon by Three Thieves – @threethieves


If you follow us on twitter at all you know I discovered this yummy little treat just the other week… and I FELL IN LOVE!!  This is a wine that I can happily sip on a summer night by the fire pit or sitting inside having pizza in the middle of winter.

What they say:  Like a Hatch print for an Elvis gig, The Show grabs your attention. Big and bold, it is dominated by full flavors of dried black cherries, jammy preserves and complex toasty, vanilla, and spicy oak.

What we say:  Again, love at first sip!!  This was a “staff suggestion” at a local martini bar and am I glad we tried it.  Thankfully, my local package store carries the whole lot from Three Thieves (Imagine me doing the Snoopy happy dance in the aisle at White Deer Package Store), so expect more gushing over their lovely varietals.

Blend Information:  86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Syrah, 2% Zinfandel

Food Suggestions:  They don’t offer food suggestions that I could find, but this was not only lovely to sip while waiting for our meal, but held it’s own (and then some) to my ribeye as well as my husband’s fish tacos.

Price Point:  13.99 (www.onestopwineshop.com)

Click here for the Three Thieves website

Two Hands – Angels’ Share Shiraz – @twohandswine

I’m a HUGE fan of Two Hands. I was introduced to them by friends a few years ago and have been loving them ever since!

What they say:  The bouquet is classic McLaren Vale of coffee, mocha, cola, chocolate, mulberry, plums and with some lovely spices backed by a little peppermint.  The palate starts out coating and round, a really long drive with loads of plummy fruits. This finishes round, soft and very inviting; its got great personality and drive and is a lot of fun to drink now and will age well into the medium term.

What we say:  I drink this with EVERYTHING – Literally!  They serve this at a local restaurant, and they know us well enough to just ask when they come to the table “your usual Two Hands?”.  I’ve had it with burgers, steaks, tequila lime marinated shrimp pizza… it has no boundaries for me.

Food Pairings:  As I’ve said, I have this with anything and everything.  This is a big wine that likes being paired with big food. It’s a no-brainer with a grilled steak or a nice hearty braised meat or stew.

Price Point: $$25-$40 (twohandswines.com) – depending on vintage

Click here for the Two Hands website

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