Giving Thanks to the US of A

By / Wine + Drinks / November 26th, 2014 / 2

Well tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US of A, and, as we all know, the official gateway to Christmas is kicked open the next day with the Black Friday sales starting as early as midnight.

To honour the occasion of Turkey Day down south I give you the official wine of Turkey Day, Pinot Noir – all of which come from the good ol’ US of A.

Fess Parker 2010 Pinot Noir, California ($33.95)

Gentle and easy with a good mix of red and black fruit backed by notes of smoke and spice which seem to hang around on the pleasant finish.

Belle Glos 2012 Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir, California ($44.95)

Many purists find this Pinot Noir over the top, a Pinot Noir meets Zinfandel love-child, but for those who like big, rich and fruit forward wines with black cherry and plum this will be right up your alley.

Plowbuster 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon ($25.95)

Oregon seems to have nailed the in-between of California’s rich fruited Pinots and Burgundy’s delicacy to make Pinots all their own; this one is pretty with vanilla, dusky cherry and hints of spiced plum.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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