On October 23, The Daily Sip sat down with its Editor-in-Chief Karen MacNeil (author of The Wine Bible) and went on Twitter to guide our readers through eight Sonoma pinot noirs in the inaugural #SipWithKaren tasting.
While Halloween was just around the corner at the time, we couldn’t help but imagine sipping these wines on another of our favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. Here are five reasons Sonoma pinot noir should be on your Thanksgiving table.
1. Pinot noir pairs with turkey. Yes, the conventional rule has it that white wine is best with white meat, but why be conventional? Besides, pinot noir is light enough in body that it won’t overwhelm the poultry. Great pinot also displays earthiness and spice, both of which complement turkey well.
2. Sonoma pinot noir also goes well with cranberry sauce. Many of the wines we tasted burst with the flavor of fresh cranberry compote. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without cranberry sauce, and pinot noir offers a classic pairing.
3. It’s American! Sure, Burgundy wouldn’t taste half bad on Turkey Day. But, why not give thanks to the great bounty of America’s soil and go domestic?
4. Pinot noir is elegant. As a friend of Karen’s told her, “When you taste a great pinot noir, you should feel like Grace Kelly just walked in the room.” Choose pinot, and you’ll give your guests the impression they’re dining with royalty.
5. It’s still fall! Alright, in some parts of the country it may feel as if winter arrived weeks ago. Although the trees may be bare, let’s hang onto autumn while we still can and push cabernet off to the colder months.
Looking for some recommendations? Here are the eight Sonoma pinot noirs we tried:
BELDEN BARNS “Serendipity Block” Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma Mountain, CA) $48
BENZIGER de Coelo “Quintus” Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma Coast, CA) $75
FORT ROSS “Sea Slopes” Pinot Noir 2012 (Fort Ross-Seaview, CA) $42
LA FOLLETTE “Cuvée Barlow” Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma County, CA) $58
MARTINELLI Bondi Home Ranch “Water Trough Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2012 (Green Valley, CA) $60
PAUL HOBBS Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (Russian River Valley, CA) $55
PFENDLER Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma Coast, CA) $45
THREE STICKS “Gap’s Crown” Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma Coast, CA) $65
Join us the evening of December 10 from 9-10pm Eastern Time/6-7pm Pacific Time for the next #SipWithKaren tasting. We’ll be tasting Champagne. Watch for more info next week!