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Thanksgiving wine recommendations from Mayhew Wine

Wondering what to kind of wine to serve with your Thanksgiving meal?  Our friends at Mayhew Wine Shop in Fort Point are sharing their recommendations with Caught in Southie!  Enjoy!

Forge Cellars Dry Riesling “Classique” 2018, Finger Lakes NY $20

Forge Cellars is a small, artisanal producer focusing entirely on Dry Riesling and Pinot Noir. They are made up of three partners —French Winemaker-Grower, Louis Barruol of Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas and Finger Lakes partners Richard Rainey, and Justin Boyette. They strive to grow grapes and handcraft wines of interest and value that perfectly balance minerality, aromatics and fruit to reflect the Finger Lakes terroir.

The “Classique” hosts notes of candied lemon, apricot peel, Asian pear, and anise joined with salinity to give impeccable freshness. 

Domain Alain Gautheron Chablis 2018, Chablis FR $25

Alain Gautheron is the fifth generation to cultivate vines in Fleys, a village of 160 inhabitants, in Chablis.  His winery and home are located directly across from the 2 hectare 1er Cru “Les Fourneaux” vineyard. His wines are steely and mineral driven displaying lots of focus and crisp acidity with floral, cool-climate orchard fruit, and citrus flavors. There is great depth of flavor to the wines combined with ample body and richness, balancing the sharp acidity perfectly.  

Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages “Les Vignes de Lantignie” 2018, Burgundy FR $14

The vines are planted high density in order to enhance fruit concentration, and he usually picks later than many other growers. He practices a semi-carbonic maceration with regular pumping over in order to keep the fruit moist. The wines are raised in concrete vats. Stylistically they lean toward the rest of Burgundy: more serious Beaujolais wines that will reward cellaring. This wine bears lots of spice, with bright notes of stewed raspberries, and dark juicy cherries. An earthy component reflects the granitic soils in which the grapes grow. Wrapped together with bracing acidity and just enough tannin to hold it all in place.

Anne Amie Vineyards Pinot Noir “Winemaker’s Selection” 2017, Willamette Valley, OR $26

This Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the Anne Amie Estate Vineyards (43.6%) and the Twelve Oaks Estate (56.4%). The grapes were hand picked and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel. After a total period of 21 days on the skins, the wine was racked into a combination of new(17.3%), second use (21.8%) and neutral French Oak (60.9%) and aged for 10 months. After blending and bottling, the wine was left to rest for another 6 months before release. Aromas of dark cherry, sweet tobacco, horehound candy, cardamom, and black tea. Flavors of sweet dark cherries and berries, forest floor, anise, dark chocolate nibs, and baking spice.

Parajes del Valle Monastrell “Ecologico” 2018, Jumilla Spain $15

The magic of this wine comes from the hand of Maria Jover, a 28 year old winemaker that has implemented a modern view in wine-makng with organic Monastrell grapes from old vines(80-90 years old) with the old system of “Terraje”.  A revolutionary move towards freshness, searching for elegance, fruit, minerality and acidity in an area traditionally producing heavy, thick, oaky reds.

Here’s a peek at the labels

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.