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Lodi Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Thanksgiving is definitely one of my most favorite holidays – maybe because it is so centered on the food. Of course it is about families and friends getting together, and giving thanks for many many things which comprise our lives – we all have a lot to be thankful for. Nevertheless, the food on Thanksgiving is essential, it is a canvas of gathering, and even more importantly so if you are hosting the gathering.

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For many years we visited our close friends to celebrate Thanksgiving together with them. This year we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house, which gave me a pleasure of doing a boatload of cooking, and – I’m sure you expected that – to select the wines for the dinner.

Thanksgiving is a quintessential American holiday, so choosing to serve the American wines comes easy and logical. But then America is all about freedom, so of course, you can drink whatever you feel like, I’m just talking about my personal choices. About a month ago I visited Lodi region in California (my second trip there, after Wine Bloggers Conference back in August), and while I was tasting through the line of delicious wines at Bokisch Vineyards, it dawned on me – this year, we should celebrate Thanksgiving with wines from Lodi. Now, as it is almost time to get to the table, this is exactly what we are doing.

Lodi is somewhat under the radar (and believe me – I would love to keep it like that, for it to stay the best kept secret for a few oenophiles only), but totally unique and totally unexpected region, which produces unique and delicious wines. Lodi is a California appellation, yet it produces the world class wines absolute majority would never associate with California. Look at the wines I’m planning to open. Sangiovese Rosé from LangeTwins – yes, an Italian star, Sangiovese, right out of the Central California. Graciano from Bokisch Vineyards – yes, Graciano, the unique grape from Rioja in Spain – this was the wine which prompted this whole “Lodi Thanksgiving” idea. Or how about Borra Vineyards Heritage, a field blend (!) of Barbera, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet – here is another core Italian varietal, Barbera. I don’t have a Lodi white wine, this is where Turley White Coat should do, as it contains Grenache Blanc and Verdelho from Lodi. Unique grapes, unique and, most importantly, delicious wines – this is what makes Lodi wines such an easy choice for me.

The Thanksgiving dinner will include the infamous “3 in 1″ bird, the Turducken, and lots of the side dishes – you can see some of the key components in the picture below.

thanksgiving prep

I have an ambitious plan to report on the dinner right after its completion – that might never happen, but I will try. By the way, do you care to guess what wine is hiding behind the wrap? Maybe name the grape, and maybe even the producer? How are you going to celebrate? With what wines? Is there a dish you are looking forward to making or, at least, eating? Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers!

  1. November 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

    • talkavino
      November 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Happy Thanksgiving Jeff!!!

  2. November 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Happy Thanksgiving

    • talkavino
      November 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Michelle! Same to you!!!

  3. November 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

    What a great line up of wines! Can’t wait to read your follow-up post. HappyThanksgiving!

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. November 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Danielle! Same to you and your family!

  5. November 25, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Anatoli! Cheers!

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thank you! Is this something you celebrate too? Happy Thanksgiving!

      • November 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

        Not really, but have had the chance to enjoy a good Thanksgiving Dinner or three with friends.

  6. November 27, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Well I am a little late wishing you a grand Thanksgiving. This is like the first time in four days to get on line for any period of time.

    • talkavino
      November 27, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you John! Happy Thanksgiving!

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