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Thanksgiving Overseas

by Tom Wolf

Thanksgiving Overseas

Normally $217.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $173.00
(a 20% discount)

This item does not take further discounts

When my colleagues and I were putting together a Thanksgiving sampler full of wines that would pair perfectly with all of the wonderful dishes on your table and ours, we considered explaining how exactly each of these bottles would complement your turkey or mashed potatoes or Brussels sprouts. When we decided it might be more interesting to share with you what the producers whose wines feature in this sampler are eating this time of year, I reached out to six of them throughout France and Italy to ask about some of their favorite autumnal meals. I hope you enjoy reading their replies, below, as much as I did!

2020 Colline Savonesi Rosato “Pettirosso Allegro” (Punta Crena)
In autumn, roasted chestnuts are a popular snack in the Italian region of Liguria, which borders Provence. Paolo Ruffino of Punta Crena loves to pair these with his Pettirosso Allegro, a versatile sparkling rosé. This time of year, there is also an abundance of wild mushrooms at the market, which he likes to slice and deep fry and serve alongside the Pettirosso as an appetizer.

2019 Vouvray (Champalou)
In November, Catherine Champalou says, “The heat has ended, the harvest is over, and for me, a winegrower, this period represents calming down and finally, the feeling of having accomplished the best possible harvest and the discovery of the new vintage that we ‘raise’ as a child. In short—a gentle and peaceful period. So our cooking is too, and we love to cook comforting foods like white meats, wild mushrooms, and crème fraîche-based sauces. Today, I would cook a slightly thick veal chop with chanterelles, all with a crème fraîche sauce. I would add a little toasted spice to add some extra flavor. This recipe perfumes the house with delicate scents.”

2018 Riesling (Albert Boxler)
There are few dishes more Alsatian and fall-inspired than an onion tart. Jean Boxler, who makes some of the greatest Rieslings in the world, recommends this as an ideal appetizer.

2019 Langhe Nebbiolo “Pian delle Mole” (Giulia Negri)
Giulia Negri proposed possibly the most tantalizing autumnal dish when I asked her what she was enjoying with her Langhe Nebbiolo this time of year. “My favorite dish at the moment to pair with this wine is a risotto with Fontina and orange, whose delicacy is masterful—it seems banal but it is very difficult to make well. But when you balance the fat of the Fontina, which gives great flavor, with the acidity of the orange that refreshes, the result is sublime!” The quick version of the recipe: sauté onions in butter, add Carnaroli rice, a splash of white wine, and—for four people—the juice and zest of one orange. Add vegetable broth a little at a time. Roughly five minutes before the risotto is done, add Fontina gradually, allowing it to melt until the balance of cheese-to-acidity is right for you!

2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune “Vieilles Vignes” (Pierre Guillemot)
I was hoping Vincent Guillemot would respond to my query with his favorite bœuf bourguignon recipe, but he replied with another equally appetizing meal. “These days, I enjoy what’s called ‘Poulet Gaston Gérard,’ which is a traditional dish of Dijon and Burgundian cuisine, made with chicken, white wine, crème fraîche, Dijon mustard, grated comté, and paprika. The recipe was invented in 1930 by Reine Geneviève Bourgogne, and named after her husband, the politician Gaston Gérard.”

2016 Bandol Rouge (Domaine de Terrebrune)
This five-year-old Bandol is in a wonderfully open place today and vigneron Reynald Delille recommends a rolled lamb roast with olives, the latter of which is a perfect flavor complement to this rouge, with its subtle hint of black olive.



Sampler Includes:

2020 Colline Savonesi Rosato “Pettirosso Allegro”  •  Punta Crena  $22.00
2019 Vouvray  •  Champalou  $24.00
2018 Riesling  •  Albert Boxler  $52.00
2018 Langhe Nebbiolo “Pian delle Mole”  •  Giulia Negri  $30.00
2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune “Vieilles Vignes”  •  Pierre Guillemot  $41.00
2016 Bandol Rouge  •  Domaine de Terrebrune  $48.00

Normally $217.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $173.00
(a 20% discount)

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