Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving


I love the holidays.  It brings about a huge sense of joy and gratitude, which I wish was emphasized year round.  Some say it may not make the holidays as special.   I think being kind and giving thanks should be a year round tradition.  And Thanksgiving would just enhance that sentiment even further.

I have been fortunate to be a part of a few Friendsgiving gatherings this year.  It’s traditions I hope to be a part of for years to come.

Last week was a special one with my roommates.  We made some great food.  The originators such as the turkey, staffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, and various vegetables were a part of it.  And what wine went with our meal?…

Out comes the 2012 Pinot Noir from Pinnacle Ridge Winery out of Kutztown, PA.

In researching a perfect wine to complement a heavy meal such as Thanksgiving, Pinot Noir tends to be near the top of many lists and opinions.   It could be for the simple fact that very filling foods need the perfect counterbalance with something lighter bodied.

I was lucky enough to visit Pinnacle Ridge back in May of this year.  And I found the place very welcoming.

This particular Pinot is aged in French Oak Barrels, and the taste is spectacular.   In my previous post I made mention about oak and my love for it.  This will be continual theme.  There are flavors of vanilla and cherry according to the synopsis, that I can detect somewhat.    There are pie spices included as well.  Seems like a good one for the holidays.  It’s easy to drink, even with the oakiness.    This is not a sipping wine.   But it’s also low in tannins, so it won’t feel too dry.  This is worthy of a 5+ course meal.

At $16, I found it to be a great price.    In a future post, I will be recapping my visit to Pinnacle Ridge and reviewing another one I purchased.

One important thing about all this – The wines you drink during the holidays, or any time for that matter, should be whatever makes you feel good and brings you joy.  There is no right or wrong to this.  Even the wines that taste bad are a learning experience.  There are no rules to this thing, except to have fun.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoyed reading.




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