Wine: Give thanks for this sip

By Brittany Kress Gibson
From the November 14, 2013 edition

Who knew my pursuit of a great wine to bring to Thanksgiving dinner would lead me to a whole six-pack?

A wine six-pack is the wise idea Meza Wine Shop owners Tatjana and Jason Brown had this year. That’s right, six bottles hand-picked to take you from pre-dinner snacking through the cranberry relish, turkey, pumpkin pie and beyond. Plus, they’re meant to please most palettes: three whites (including a bubbly) and three reds.

For $100, you’ve got Thanksgiving covered. (OK, at least the wine part.)

Among those whites is the 2012 Anne Amie Cuvee A Amrita ($16), a white-wine blend from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Little bubbles hover along the edge of the glass as it’s poured, and the wine’s effervescence is even more obvious when you take a sip. It’s also sweet — but not super-sweet — and has stone-fruit flavors of peach and apricot that bring it crispness.

Gewurztraminer is a popular pick to serve with turkey, and this blend contains a splash of that along with viognier and riesling, primarily. Tatjana Brown suggests serving it with dinner’s main course as a new take on the classic option.

It also plays well with Asian food flavors, as the slight sweetness and crisp edge cuts through sauces or spice.

As for the holidays and the food and drink that comes with it — here’s hoping there’s a six-pack for every time of year.

Photo by Meghan Ralston