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How to Have a Foolproof Thanksgiving
By Emily Vere Nicoll
Thanksgiving should be a time to connect with our loved ones. It should be a day of rest, relaxation; a time to reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for. Instead, all too often this holiday becomes one dedicated to fighting the crowds at Grand Central, last minute grocery store runs and trying to keep track of whom isn’t speaking to whom. I’ve a got a few suggestions about how to avoid the hassle, and actually enjoy the holiday.
Get in and out of the Kitchen as fast as possible.
Bring a bottle of Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay to keep the peace early on in the day. This beautiful bottle of vintage white wine from Santa Barbara County, California will ease any familial tension over whose cooking what. With well-balanced flavors of lemon, tropical fruit and light oak, this bottled treat will get you appointed the role of sous chef (read buyer of pre cut veggies) hors d’oeuvres (read putting said veggies on a plate), which will get you out of the way and around the good nibbles!
Get the party started and open the bubbles!
To congratulate yourself for a job well done, and to help everyone start celebrating-open up a bottle of the Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz. Rich, juicy, ripe and with a touch of bubbles, it’s the perfect way to appease your Aunt Gertrude asking “is the turkey done yet”, every five minutes. From MacLean Vale, Australia, the Black Chook is 100% Shiraz, which means this wine can’t miss the mark, and you can’t miss your Uncle Anthony asking about your love life. I suggest two bottles.
Turkey's Done- Lets Eat!
You’ve made it through the day to the sit-down portion, and thankfully NOT at the kids table. You’ve loaded your plate with the essentials. Now, the tough part: white or red?
The Cristom Vineyards Pinot Gris originates from Oregon and possesses an exquisite texture for your palate with exceptionally delicate flavors of apricot and nectarine. Clean, crisp and bright in acidity; this beauty will please your senses and cut through the heaviness of the filling meal. Plus its organic, which means its healthy.
The Jacques Girardin Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, France, and is a very special wine. The grapes are grown on 40-year-old vines, which gives this wine a glorious deep red color and powerfully elegant structure. Aged in oak barrels for 15 months, you will still taste the red cherries, raspberries and strawberries that permeate the grape.
You absolutely can’t go wrong with either.
Authors Note: For a plentiful and well-stocked cellar for your Thanksgiving feast of 8-10ppl, Emily suggests getting 1 bottle of Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay, 2 bottles of the Black Chook, 1 bottle of Cristom Vineyards Pinot Gris and 2 bottles of the Jacques Girardin Pinot Noir.
Emily Vere Nicoll is an actor, director, producer, writer and Jane-of-all-trades. She is an aspiring connoisseur of food and wine, traveling all over the world to experience all sorts of fine and local dining.
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