No meal is more challenging to the wine lover than the Thanksgiving dinner. "You are not only confronted with a panoply of flavors but with people, young and old, who may or may not like wine, white or red," writes Richard Fadeley. He set his his tasting panel to plow through a raft of wines to pick out the best ones for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here's his report.
Weingut Markus Huber 2011 Niederösterreich Zweigelt ($15.99)
Zweigelt is a 20th century cross between the Austrian Sankt Laurent grape and Blauburgunder. Dark garnet with a clear edge. Good, fresh red-fruit aromas, tart cherry and cranberry, are appealing but restrained, elegant but no fruit bomb. On the palate it's lean and crisp, light but delicious fruit and fragrant white pepper, with an intriguing back note of stony minerality. It's lean but not austere, showing good refined, elegant fruit at 13.2% alcohol.
Vino e Cucina d'Italia
Recently, Neil Duarte had the opportunity to visit Azienda Agricola Negro Angelo e Figli, where the Negro family has been the landowners of the current vineyards since 1670. Here's his report.