What to Drink: Thanksgiving Edition

There’s a few important things coming up on the calendar:

  1. T-Minus TEN days until Turkey Day[1]
  2. T-Minus ELEVEN days until Black Friday[2]
  3. T-Minus FOURTEEN days until Cyber Monday[3]
Because Bubbly is always a good idea! (c) Vinley Market
Because Bubbly is always a good idea! (c) Vinley Market

There’s a lot to do to prepare in the coming days, arguably the most important of which is deciding which wines you’ll be pairing with your Thanksgiving Feast[4]. I’ve teamed up with Vinley Market to discuss what wines go best with turkey, Grandma’s Stuffing and Aunt Mary’s Sweet Potato Casserole. I’m thinking that Zinfandel, Rosé and Riesling should all be making appearances. And if you’re not hosting, you should probably bring a bottle of bubbly![5]

Check out my Thanksgiving Wine Pairings and let me know what you’ll be drinking this Turkey Day.

And while you’re at it, get 10% off your wine order at Vinley Market with coupon code WINEESQUIRE10.

Until the next glass, Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] That means its T-MINUS TEN days and a few hours until 24/7 Christmas Music! YAY
[2] Also, another day off work. #score
[3] Is your Amazon Wish List ready? Mine is. #alwaysready
[4] Or Friendsgiving Feast, as the case may be.
[5] Obviously.

Place Setting Goals (c) Vinly Market
Place Setting Goals (c) Vinley Market

Wine News Roundup: Cheesy Celebrity Edition

All the latest wine fodder for your next dentist appointment, cocktail party or pre-trial hearing. You’re welcome.

Wine and Water. There seems to be a polar shift happening in the universe[1]. Somms are now becoming water experts leaving wine behind[2], and Italy has started filling their fountains with wine instead of water[3]. What a time to be alive.

Wine Fountain For The Win.
Wine Fountain For The Win. (C) Dora Sarchese VineyardWine and Cheese.

Wine and Cheese

a. There’s a reason you love to pair wine and cheese, and it’s apparently scientific fact that they go together like Peas and Carrots. A study published by very knowledgeable researchers has found that cheese gives wines a more pleasant flavor, and decreases brain activity associated with disgust. Cheers to cheese (and wine)! Also, how do I sign up to be a subject in one of these studies?

b. As my mother always says, a little is OK, too much is no good. Kim Jung-un, that crazy dictator guy in North Korea[4], apparently has a bit of a wine and cheese problem. He’s tipping the scales at around 300 pounds, allegedly because he can’t stop popping Swiss cheese cubes and sipping on bottles of Bordeaux red wine. I feel your pain buddy, I feel your pain. He’s even bragged about having ten bottles before dinner. #cantstopwontstop

A Crazy Time in Celebrity Wine.

a. Brangelexit. Brangelina’s sudden breakup has left the state of their Miraval Rosé up in the air and the Château has allegedly been for sale since before the divorce bombshell broke. I was always on Team Jen, but I did taste the stuff a few times[5]. I admit, I didn’t want to like it, but I did. Perhaps now the bottle I still have in my cellar will be worth some money as a collector’s item.

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Château Miraval (c) People Magazine

b. Calling All Outlander Fans[6]. Claire and Jamie’s passionate love story has apparently spurned a line of wines. Not sure how I feel about this, although I usually am drinking a glass of wine while reading the books or watching the TV series. Sassenach Cabernet anyone?


c. Hello Kitty? I’ve never understood the allure, but my 3-year-old neighbor is obsessed[7]. Apparently enough adults are likewise enthralled, and a special edition of Hello Kitty Wines was recently released by an Italian winery who partnered with Japan’s Sanrio, creator of Hello Kitty. Turns out the wine is virtually impossible to find right now, so if you get some, let me know how it is so I can pass it on to my neighbor, for that time when she can drink wine in 18 years.

Hello, Kitty! (c) Torti Wine
Hello, Kitty! (c) Torti Wine

Until the next glass, Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] And I’m not talking about the REAL polar shifts that apparently are happening, or already have happened, or may happen in the future, depending on who you ask.
[2] LA’s Ray’s and Stark Bar, an upscale eatery by the Patina Restaurant Group, purportedly has a FORTY. FIVE. PAGE. water menu. Yes. You read that right. 45 pages. Really?
[3] This has been added to the Wine Esquire’s Wine Bucket List. A free-flowing wine fountain. In Italy? How can I NOT go?
[4] I hope the government doesn’t come abduct me because I wrote about him. If I disappear, you’ll all know why.
[5] I’m a sucker for Rosé, pretty bottles, and pretty labels, and they pretty much nailed all three.

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Rosé All Day

[6] If you haven’t read them yet, please do yourself a favor and download Book 1 on your Kindle. I can pretty much almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Assuming you’re into time traveling historical romance kinda stuff. Disclaimer: If you don’t like it, it’s not my fault.
[7] She was the cutest damn “Spooky Kitty” for Halloween you ever did see.