Weekly Wine Notes From Brian Kemmerle
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please note that we will not be offering A Bottle Among Friends wine specials this Thursday (check back next week for the December 2 wine list). We will be providing a delicious feast for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet from 12pm-6pm on Thursday, November 25, 2010. We encourage you to make reservations by calling 503.779.1660.
Bentley’s Wine Steward, Brian Kemmerle regularly offers his insight and experience to help select the perfect wine to accompany Chef Derek Ridgway’s dishes. Here are Brian’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet wine suggestions:
Stick to fruity and floral whites like; Riesling or Pinot Gris, the more adventurous should try Gewurztraminer, Viognier and Semillon. As for reds; Pinot Noir makes for a good choice especially the warmer 2006 or 2009 vintage, Washington’s “other” reds like Sangiovese or Grenache and California Zinfandel are also good choices.
Stay away from Chardonnay, especially the more oak’d versions and the more tannic, darker fruited reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah the flavors all tend to clash with the sweet, salty and savory flavors of Thanksgiving dinner.