Holidays: Drink American.

When you consider the cacophony of flavors and textures that appear throughout this season, many choices of wines that work beautifully emerge. One of the constants in the world of wine is that, “if it grows together, it goes together.” So, this great American holiday, we think the only way to go is American.
 
It is not always an easy task to pick wines for the occasion, so we will simplify these and break our suggestions down into flavors profiles to make decision making a little easier.

Bright, Crisp White Wines

This flavor profile will be most suited for early sipping while the feast finishes, but the clean fruity character of our choices can carry you all the way through the meal.
Ravines Dry Riesling
Surprise! World class wines from the New York Fingers Lakes region. Aromas of citrus, white peach and apple as well as a distinct minerality. On the palate, is a gentle round texture supporting the floral and mineral elements of this Riesling. A long, clean finish promises a bright evolution for this wine. $16.99
Ferrari-Carano Pinot Grigio
With its delicate aromas and delicious flavors, this Pinot Grigio is a refreshing, light-bodied white wine that is perfect as an apĂ©ritif. It has aromas of nectarine, lime, and melon  complemented by flavors: white peach and honeydew melon. It has a clean, refreshing acidity with a round mouthfeel and a crisp, lingering finish. $15.99
Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc
You’ll find the expected grassy tones here on the nose, with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavors alongside a crisp, bright freshness encouraged by wonderful acidity and a full, rich mouthfeel. We like to call this New World in style, with a nod to New Zealand. Fermented in stainless steel, the only oak this wine sees is in the pencil I use to make notes. $10.99
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier
Brilliant and refreshing, this bottling of our remarkable blend bursts with an array of delightful aromas, opening with fresh lemon, melon, and sweet mango. The palate is crisp and mouth-watering, leading with luscious papaya, yellow pear, and ruby grapefruit flavors that are balanced by hints of sweet tangerine and white tea. The juicy fruit flavors linger through the clean and lively finish. $12.99


Soft, Fruity White Wines

This group of wines will be crowd pleasers and complement almost all parts of the feast. These wines place their emphasis on full fruit aromas and flavor along with rich texture.
Cline Viognier

Viognier is a rich, “perfumey” grape that is full of flavor and texture. There is a combination of pineapple, peach and apricot with just a hint of citrus. In the mouth it is full and rich with a hint of spice. $9.99
A to Z Pinot Gris
The 2012 Pinot Gris offers bright fruit flavors and will pair well with the high-fat side dishes that contain the likes of onions, garlic, and herbs as well with the highly adaptable turkey main course. The Pinot Gris is also at the low seasonal price of $15.99
Four Vines Naked Chardonnay

This is crisp, concentrated Chardonnay with all its natural acid. Naked exhibits apple, white peach, and pear, finishing long with hints of citrus and mineral. This Chardonnay was fermented in 100% stainless steel and has not seen any oak, nor does it want to. $9.99
DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay

DeLoach California Chardonnay is a crisp, refreshing wine that offers alluring aromas of Bartlett pear and ripe apricots accentuated by notes of vanilla and a hint of cream. Soft and forward on the palate, flavors of green apple and nectarine add to the wine's great minerality and are reminiscent of the finest California Chardonnays. $10.99


Soft Fruity Red Wines

If you are a red wine drinker, looking for wines that feature bright fruit aromas
and flavors is the ticket. 

Mark West Pinot Noir
A medium-bodied, fruity red that features scents of spice, bright fruit, and cassis with notes of savory and smoky oak. The core reveals a pleasing mix of black cherry, cola, strawberry, plum, and soft tannins balanced out by a round mouthfeel. Rich in texture with a lingering finish, this versatile wine and is delicious on its own. $10.99
A to Z Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a theme here. The 2012 A to Z Pinot Noir invites with vibrant aromas of juicy berries, cherries, lavender and violets, evolving to clove, game, smoke and cherry tobacco. A succulent, focused attack has flavors of blue and red fruits, flowers and earth, then deepens with hints of mocha, gingerbread, green tea and cacao. $19.99
Avalon C.A.B. Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a blend of three major growing regions: Napa Valley is the nexus of finesse; Paso Robles’ punishing heat extracts deep character; Lodi’s life-giving soils result in bright fruit flavors. When blended in Avalon CAB, these three regions reveal the complexity for which California Cabernet Sauvignon is known. Its aromas of blueberry jam, strawberry tart and boysenberries lead the way to rich black cherries, red raspberries, and plums. $10.99


Full-Bodied Red and White Wines

Ok, throw all the rules out and drink what you like. Big, bold, full-bodied red and white
wines may not be the best matches, but who cares?
 

Martin Ray Russian Chardonnay
This wine has a moderate oak influence. It underwent full malolactic fermentation, which adds a rich, creamy mouthfeel, yet maintains some of the more delicate floral aromas. Perfectly balanced aromas of baked apple, creamy vanilla yogurt, citrus, tropical toasted coconut, and floral notes delight the nose and continue as flavors in the mouth. $16.99
Ferrari-Carano Siena
SIENA has delicious aromas of strawberry jam, plum, blackberry, and mocha. Bing cherry flavors are enhanced by sweet oak notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and spice that add layers of richness to this elegant wine. SIENA has tannins that are soft, harmonious and mouth coating with lovely viscosity, depth and a lingering finish. $21.99
Paraduxx

This seamless blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet offers a heady mix of blueberry and cherry aromas, underscored by layers of vanilla, clove, molasses, and black pepper. On the palate, it is velvety and round with lush and lingering berry and cherry flavors supported by well-integrated tannins. Balanced acidity adds brightness and lift of brambly fruit, which carries through to a long, satisfying finish. $39.99