Updated: Dec 2, 2019
This month we chose wines that will pair well with Thanksgiving fare!
For our white we chose a Riesling from Selbach, a family run winery located in Mosel—a certified wine region in Western Germany. Clean and crisp, with flavors of fall apples and hints of honey, this bottle is an excellent pairing with rustic potatoes and roasted squash. This wine balances a mild sweetness with zippy acidity, and is especially friendly with food as it’s ABV is slightly lower than most other white wines, hovering around 10% instead of 12-14%. If you are categorically opposed to the idea of a mildly sweet white wine, this is the bottle to change your perspective!
Our red wine is another family owned affair, this time from Côtes de Bourg in France. Château Brûle Sécaille is owned by Martine Rodet, whose husband Jacques oversees viticulture, and son, Guillaume, is in charge of vinification. The bottle we have is a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cab, 10% Cab Franc, and 5% Malbec. A 60/40 split of French and American oak, only 1/3 of which is fresh, leaves this wine on the lighter end of medium-bodied, with fine tannins and hints of vanilla. On the nose you’ll find aromas of fresh blackberries, candied black cherries, and hints of leather. These notes show up on the palate, and are married with hibiscus and cranberry. It finishes with hints of vanilla and fine tannins, suggesting light cherry pastries. Good acidity, bright and perfect for pairing with turkey and stuffing.
We hope these selections bring you joy over the holiday, and perhaps have expanded your appreciation of German wine!