A White Wine Quintet for a Traditional Thanksgiving

A White Wine Quintet for a Traditional Thanksgiving

From a bit dry to a bit sweet

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If you love white wine with your turkey, and other main course possibilities, please consider the following choices: a vibrant California chardonnay, an overtly fragrant Greek, a volcanic southern Italian, a sugar-kissed northern and an Alsatian bubbly that also hits the right notes for your sweet potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Splurge a bit for this most wonderfully democratic of American holidays. (Other food match-ups are included in each review.)
2015 Chardonnay, Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Anderson Valley $40 srp
     Bright golden color. Intense and mineral-edged bouquet with tropical fruits, lime and nutty essence. Flavors have jumping jive! – pear, pineapple, creamy yet juicy. A startling wine! (Also for salmon or pork.) 92/100 points
2017 Malagouzia “Turtles”, Alpha Estate $19
     Pale, greenish yellow in color. What a bouquet! Bright, salty with peach, jasmine, almond and herbal flair. Rich mouthfeel, this single-vineyard white drinks with finesse including pear and stone fruits on its harmonious finish. (Wonderful for vegetarian and vegan choices.) 90/100 points
Crémant d’Alsace Brut, Lucien Albrecht Non-Vintage $23
     Very light, almost clear color. Flowery with apple, peach, nutmeg and yeasty bouquet. Crisp, precise bubble with tangy tea elements, oily texture and apple brioche finish. (A blend of pinot blanc, auxerrois and chardonnay – good with anything!) 90/100
2017 Falanghina, Feudi Di San Gregorio $23
     Pale gold in color. Aromatic, nutty and mineral-laden with bold floral, citrus, peach and smoke elements. Full of personality! A weighty mouth feel yet fresh, with melon, pear, orange peel and saline cut. (Try beef or pork as well.) 91/100 points
2014 Molamatta Collio Bianco, Marco Felluga $25
     A richly golden color. Herbal and “stony” with pineapple, honeysuckle, licorice and freshly cut grass element. The palate is glycerin-rich with alluring fruitiness, a creamy texture and slightly bitter aftertaste. A bit of bottle age adds complexity, and a touch of sweetness will marry well with the cranberry sauce! (A blend of pinot bianco, friulano and ribolla gialla – also good with ham or mac and cheese.) 91/100 points
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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.