|Crowd enjoys J. Patrick's wine tasting|
We enjoyed a “sensational seven” of wines provided by Heidelberg Distributing, each a possible match for your Thanksgiving dinner. Chef Jeremy provided a creative food pairing for each wine.
|St. M Riesling with quiche|
Working with Kevin Boehm of Heidelberg, we selected the following lineup of wines. Later in this article we’ll reveal the group’s favorite wine.
- NV Poema Cava Brut Sparkling – Spain
- 2010 Firelands Gewürztraminer, Isle St. George – Ohio
- 2012 Saint “M” Riesling – Germany
- 2009 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir – France
- 2011 Joel Gott “815” Cabernet – California
- 2011 Amado Sur Malbec – Argentina
- Reserve – 2011 Shatter, 100% Grenache from France
|Tom and Katie Bruning|
Our sweetest wine came next, the 2010 Firelands Gerwurztraminer. I like my Gerwurz a little drier, but it paired wonderfully with the mini-crab cake and the spicy red pepper aioli.
Riesling is a “go to” Thanksgiving wine and I was introduced to a new favorite. The 2012 Saint M Riesling is a product of the same partnership (Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen) that produces the famous Eroica Riesling. This has a dash of sweetness, but is balanced with some nice acidity. At only $15, this is a steal! We enjoyed this with a mini quiche with roasted shallots and braised spinach.
|Steve McEwen and Jim Zsigray|
The 2011 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon was second favorite among our tasting party. This gives you a full Cabernet experience without denting your wallet. Although Cabernet is an atypical Turkey Day choice, this is a solid selection at only $17. It is silky with dark berry flavor and a lingering finish.
A nice learning point here from Kevin: Some people couldn’t care less about wine pairing lore – they just want their Cabernet!
|Shatter was the crowd choice|
If you haven’t yet guessed it, our top pick from the J. Patrick’s crowd was our reserve wine, the 2011 Shatter – a beautiful 100% French Grenache from the partnership of Joel Gott and Dave Phinney. This wine had it all: beautiful shimmering violet color in the glass, light body with bright raspberry flavor notes and a vibrant finish. This is a $30 bottle, but drinks like $50.
What an outstanding night! A Happy Thanksgiving toast to all our guests. Thank you for coming. Many thanks to Liana, Kevin, Dana, Jeremy and Chef Jeremy for making the evening an enjoyable success.