There were so many things to give thanks for this week. Surrounded by family and friends, watching my 84-year old mother arm wrestle any one who dared to challenge her. My wonderful nieces and nephews exploring the city. My lovely daughter dancing the night away in the kitchen with guests from 8-84. And of course, toasting the whole night with some terrific wine picks that I highly recommend.
Giuseppe Campagnolo Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 Corvina Blend $16.95 Medium bodied and fruity. This was perfect to serve before, during, and after our turkey dinner. 13.5% In the Vintages section, but going fast.
The People’s Pinot Noir Central Otago, New Zealand 2011 $16.95 I was looking for a Pinot Noir to serve with turkey and this one caught my eye. Admittedly this time it was the label that stood out – often a detractor in my mind – but I do like Kiwi wines and this light bodied pick with cherry and raspberry notes turned out to be a crowd pleaser.
Julian Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2007 Blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is only $16.95 This was my favourite of the bunch. If you are looking for an affordable red – this one is worth sampling.
A little trip around the world in wine made for great Thanksgiving feasting. Just in time for this week at the LCBO, where Vintages is celebrating my favourites – great Italians. Time for some sampling in the tasting room this weekend. Salute!