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  • Russian River Valley wines that will hit all the right notes for Thanksgiving dinner

    Chicago Sun-Timesby W. Peter Hoyne
    November 18, 2018

    “Thanksgiving is quietly approaching, and it is time for a strategic plan. Which relatives should I invite, how do I keep Uncle George and Aunt Edna apart and, of course, who will eat Brussels sprouts?

    After solving these complicated matters, the easiest decision may be the wine.

    You will need a selection that keeps the conversations lively and leaves a lasting impression. It may be wise to have enough wine on hand to appease the unruly relatives and provide a diversion from the cooking.

    For offerings to serve alongside a traditional feast, choose domestic reds and whites of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cooler reaches of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley in California. This region remains one of the front-runners, and these wine may be the darlings at the dinner table. An herbstuffed turkey or a roasted lamb shank will find a middle ground here. These wines can accentuate the personality of your recipes with their freshness while finding harmony with protein and bountiful flavors.

    2016 MacRostie Russian River Valley Chardonnay
    This winery was founded in 1987 by Steve MacRostie, whose tenure in winemaking dates back to 1974. MacRostie had a fascination of cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir before it ever became popular. This Chardonnay is sourced from four or five vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. The expressive fresh floral aromas open to a medium-bodied, textured wine with white melon and baked pears. Its intense flavors are expansive and linger on the palate.”

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