Giving Thanks… for Pinot Noir
Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday of mine. As I child, Thanksgiving meant anxiously awaiting the arrival of out of town relatives, including a large contingent of cousins whose appearance turned our home into a kid free for all. In retrospect, I wonder if my parents were as anxious for the holiday weekend to end as I was for it to start!
As an adult, I still love Thanksgiving. A big part of that is due to the pleasure of having family and close friends together. But I also love to cook - and I really love to eat - so Thanksgiving is certainly a day that speaks to me on that level. The last few weeks I have started excitedly working on the Thanksgiving menu and planning what I will put on the holiday table.
One thing I am always eager to serve at Thanksgiving is Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir. That might surprise those who are well acquainted with my wine preferences. It is not an easy thing to admit considering who signs my paycheck, but the truth is that I’ve never been a huge fan of Pinot Noir. However, over the past several years my appreciation for the varietal has grown by leaps and bounds. How could it not considering the many Talley Vineyards wines I’ve been given the opportunity to taste? And the Thanksgiving meal, with its many complex flavors, surely gives our beautifully balanced Pinot Noirs the chance to shine. When I open a bottle (or two or three) for the Thanksgiving dinner crowd, I know that I am offering them something really special that will be truly enjoyed. That is definitely something to feel thankful for!
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving for each of you. Here’s to hoping you have something special in your glass to toast with!