Elevating Traditional Classics

Why We Love These Wines:

From Bordeaux to Rioja and Burgundy to Champagne, today’s wine picks are perfect choices if you’re looking for a special vinous treat this weekend while gathering with friends, family and loved ones for Thanksgiving. From a remarkable bubbly to kick start the festivities, to a selection of turkey friendly whites and reds, this line-up will have you covered!

Raise Your Side Dish Game:

And while we are on the subject of elevating classics, we wanted to share a few more ideas that will transform side dishes from side kicks to superstars… Just click on the dishes below for some awesome Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

Prosciutto, Parmesan and Parsley Mashed Potatoes
 
 
Pecan & Brown Butter Crusted Sweet Potato Mash
 
 
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
 
 
Sausage, Cornbread & Blue Cheese Stuffing 
 
 
Cranberry Sauce with Port & Rosemary

Champagne Ayala

2006 Perle d’Ayala Champagne

Price:

$168.95 per 750mL

Region:

Champagne, France

Tasting Note:

“After 12 years aging on the lees, this wine is at its peak. Its maturity is now showing beautifully, bringing out toastiness, yeast and a taut texture. The wine’s richness is now at its best and it is ready to drink.”

95 out of 100 Points

WineEnthusiast.com

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Tertre de Launay

2018 Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc

Price:

$14.95 per 750mL

Region:

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Note:

“This wine is sourced from vineyards planted where Bordeaux’s Garonne and Dordogne rivers divide: the Entre-Deux-Mers (‘between two seas’) growing region. Expect this lees-aged blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle to deliver a rich, complex mixture of citrus and tropical fruit. This excellent introduction to the white wines of Bordeaux will pair beautifully with grilled seafood.”

LCBO Vintages Tasting Panel

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Bodegas Godelia

2015 Mencia Red

Price:

$24.95 per 750mL

Region:

Bierzo, Spain

Tasting Note:

“Black cherry, plum and currant flavors give this red a rich core of fruit, while leafy, licorice and mineral notes add complexity. Well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity focus the plush texture. Harmonious, showing good depth. Drink now through 2025. Ranked #34 in the 2019 Wine Spectator Top 100.”

93 out of 100 Points

WineSpectator.com

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Domaine Chanson

2018 Reserve du Bastion Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Price:

$24.95 per 750mL

Region:

Burgundy, France

Tasting Note:

“Elegant, with sour cherry, mineral and spice. Unlike many wines at this price point, it’s comprised entirely of fruit from the Côte d’Or. Food-friendly, it’s perfect with grilled eggplant with veal cutlets, rotisserie chicken or rack of lamb.”

LCBO Vintages Tasting Panel

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La Rioja Alta

2010 Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial

Price:

$59.95 per 750mL

Region:

Rioja, Spain

Tasting Note:

“Dried cherries, cedar, sandalwood, tar, treacle tart, cinnamon and vanilla. Medium body, fine-grained and very silky tannins for a wine of almost 10 years of age, bright and transparent acidity and a long, very spicy finish. Like going back in time and touching an ornate tapestry. The texture is mesmerizing. Drink now [to 2035+].”

96 out of 100 Points

JamesSuckling.com

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5 Fabulous Wine Picks for Thanksgiving Dinner