This dinner needs wine - what dinner doesn't? - and here's a few suggestions. A good turkey calls for Pinot Noir... Continue reading
With apologies to our Canadian friends, who have this done and dusted already, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving. To them yanks, a time for family and togetherness, to us an excuse to gross out on turkey and trimmings a month early. This dinner needs wine – what dinner doesn’t? – and here’s a few suggestions.
A good turkey calls for Pinot Noir…
Nothing complicated or over complex here – everybody’s got to like it, not just the winos – but a glass oozing with red berry crisp characters wrapped in a smooth velvet sleeve. Refreshing, classy, attractive and looks the part; old school enough to be proper Burgundy, open enough to be bright cheerful Pinot Noir.
Or, for out and out New World Pinot Noir lushness, there is the heavenly Brodie Estate. Martinborough is not just one of the best areas in New Zealand for Pinot Noir, but one of the best areas in the world for Pinot Noir. Bold with plump ripe red berry and young plum fruit, touches of liquorice and a warm sweet finish.
Pazzo 2008 Bacio Divino £23.95
Experience teaches us that, oddly(?), Americans tend to forswear the fruit of their own land when washing down the Thanksgiving dinner. But, if you feel the need to dangle the stars and stripes across the whole evening, Bacio Divino’s bizarre Sangiovese, Cabernet, Viognier blend will suffice where trad’ Zinfandel might be too bruising. Intense cherry/berry fruits with a velvet touch. Sort of, like a Pinot Noir, only it isn’t.
And, for the sakes of balance, a white Burgundy that offers delightful balance between the rich texture of tradition and the bright mineral refreshment of the current age.
For those retiring to a comfy corner to talk life, philosophy and utter nonsense with a balloon glass and some close confidents that you haven’t spoken to since last Thanksgiving, allow us to recommend an outstanding small batch Bourbon.
Rowan’s Creek 15yo Bourbon £49.95
Smooth and round, seductive and silky with a gentle malty sweetness. No Thanksgiving is complete without a bottle of ‘KenTurkey’ bourbon!
All available from your nearest LEA & SANDEMAN store.
Chelsea | Barnes | Chiswick | Kensington
You can see all the wines with tasting notes on our website here.
Happy Thanksgiving one and all.
Barnes Christmas Wine Tasting
Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th November
It’s that time of year again, and this year we will be kicking off the Festive Season with our BIGGEST EVER in-store wine tasting.
We will be showcasing 24 wines chosen to fill all your festive needs, whether it’s Pinot Noir for the Turkey, Bordeaux for the Beef or a spicy winter warmer, from Fizz to Port we will have it covered.
This is not a tutored tasting, but notes will be provided for all of the wines on show.
The Theme – Festive Favourites
The Place – Lea & Sandeman Barnes – 51 Barnes High Street
The Dates – Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of November 2014
The Time – 6.30 – 9.00pm
Tickets – Tickets are £15 per person, bookable in advance, and refundable against any purchase on the night of £50 +
In order to reserve your place on your preferred date please contact us as soon as possible, as we will offer places on a first come first served basis.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Derek & Emerson
p.s. to see all of our Christmas champagne offers and seasonal wine selections click here.