Thanksgiving Wines

Gatherings will be smaller than usual this year, but perhaps more “˜Thanksgiving’ than ever. I’m certainly thankful to be living in Canada at this point in time. Let’s count our blessings for sure.Lighter reds such as Pinot Noir are my go-to wines for Thanksgiving, and this year I’m touting the South American below. Both will flatter the big bird, and hit a sweet spot between crowd appeal and high quality. I’m including a sale-item Pinot that you might also consider for party sloshing.

Montes is the lighter wine, with a whack of vitality and vigour. And a lovely tease for the palate. The sort of wine you’re tempted to carry on drinking forever. I’d be very happy having it every night. The Condeminal is fuller, more of a show-stopper ““ gorgeous stuff, with a special occasion feeling. Lightly chilled, these are super exciting wines to have in your glass and share with family and friends. May I suggest you go big this Thanksgiving, and have both wines, starting with the Montes.

You might want to think ahead not only to Christmas, but to treats over the next few years as these wines should continue to delight for at least two more years. There’s good availability around the province ““ go to and enter the product numbers in the SEARCH box.
MONTES 18 Pinot Noir, Casablanca, Chile 37937 Vintages $14.95
BODEGA ATAMISQUE (Condeminal) 18 Pinot Noir, Tupungato, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina 15095 Vintages $18.95

P.S. Pinot fans will want to take advantage of the sale on Cono Sur’s wine. Much simpler than the pair above, but a tasty and lively mid-week refresher.
CONO SUR 18 Pinot Noir, Chile 341602 $11.95 ($9.95 till Oct 11)



To get your event up and running I’m recommending a Viognier from the south of France. Not your normal pretty edition, but one with mineral refreshment ““ and just a tease of floral flavour. Has the “˜give me more’ feeling, along with moderate alcohol level. Les Salices estate, located just north of Carcassonne, is one of many projects by Bordeaux native, and global winemaker, Francois Lurton. ~ ~ DOMAINE LES SALICES 19 Viognier, IGP Pays d’Oc, France 14031 Vintages $15.95

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.” Sam Lefkowitz

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