NEW YORK - As Thanksgiving approaches, Sotheby’s Wine would like to share what we will be drinking with our turkey and why.
Me: As always, I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends in Vermont. It seems I am in the mood for Rose Champagnes, so we will start with the excellent Billecart Salmon Rose, but I am also sorely tempted by the Krug Rose - it is impressively good! This will be swiftly followed by a white Burgundy - I love Raveneau's wines, so it's going to be their Chablis, Butteaux 2002 (a top vintage). My Red Burgundy, for the big bird, will be another favorite grower, Sylvain Cathiard's Chambolle Clos de L'Orme 2006 (good value for money). But we will also have Leoville Barton 1989 (better than the 1990, in my opinion), side by side with Ridge Montebello 1994 (I am an American citizen after all......). We will wrap things up with a Sauternes: Château Guiraud 2002 - Xavier Planty is making top class wines at Guiraud and the 2002 is more fresh, crisp and lemony, than fat and rich, which I prefer.
I feel a patriotic duty to serve American wines for the great American holiday. This year my family hosts and I thought we would start with something bubbly from Taittinger's Domaine Carneros, a great value California sparkler, but then I saw the latest Bond "Skyfall" this weekend (Brilliant!) and was inspired to break the all American theme and go for Bollinger's 50th Anniversary "007" bottling, complete with locking, gun shaped packaging for a bit of holiday fun to kick start dinner. Then Araujo's Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 while the family nibbles on pre-dinner snacks, this is a wonderful bridge in style between White Bordeaux and Napa. Next as we sit down for the big meal, Mark Aubert's Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 is a favorite for big meals, powerful, creamy, yet with lovely lemon bite. For the reds I need some volume to satisfy my audience, and I go for a couple of classics: Ridge Estate Cabernet 2009 is an all-time favorite go-to for its Montebello-like coolness and finesse, while Heitz Trailside Vineyard 2001 has the richness, and sweet fruit of Napa and that so typical Heitz minty nose that will carry us through second and third helpings.
NICK JACKSON: Given that Thanksgiving is an all day affair, finding the right wines to enjoy throughout the day is a fun challenge. I prefer to have a diversity of different wines available, so there's always something appropriate on hand. While cooking: gorgeous Prüm Spätlese Riesling 2011 - low alcohol and the merest hint of sweetness. Before we sit down to eat it has to be champagne. For me, one of the best non-vintage champagnes: Pol Roger. With turkey I would select a powerful Spanish red, Valbuena 2007, from the makers of Vega Sicilia. To finish, the holidays are the time to open a bottle of Port - Fonseca 1985 is stunning right now.
To place an order for delivery in time for Thanksgiving, or for further advice on wines for your dinner, call or email us at 212.894.1990 or Jamie.Ritchie@sothebys.com, Eli.Rodriguez@sothebys.com, Nicholas.Jackson@sothebys.com.