Friday, November 26, 2010

American Thanksgiving Comes to Canada (Ontario / California)

I have an American wife who works in the USA, therefore she had Thursday off for the American Thanksgiving holiday - she dressed it up with all the fixin' and invited a few friends over for our first Thanksgiving north of the border:  turkey, sweet potato casserole, green bean salad, mash potatoes, pumpkin pie and brownies ... afterward we all sat on the couch (sofa, chesterfield, whatever it is called these days) bloated and full and watched, of all things, Toy Story 3 - with a 4 year old in the room football doesn't always keep their attention.  Anyway, wine did play a part in the day, as you would suspect.  

Started everybody off with Palatine Hills new vintage of Juliette sparkling wine - crisp and delicious ... then cracked the cap on a bottle of Hillebrand 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, this just might be the best Sauv Blanc made in Ontario from the 2009 vintage, the price point was excellent ($14.05) and the wine is developing so well, peach has been added to the flavour profile of grapefruit, grass and lemon, still with great acidity.  Finally, I popped the cork on a bottle of La Crema 2006 Sonoma County Pinot Noir ( it was afterall American Thanksgiving, had to throw their wineries a bone somewhere) - it went well with the turkey, though the fruitiness of the wine is starting to fade.  Also had the opportunity to retry some of the Cattail Riesling Clonal series wines and a sneak peak at the new reserve red from Nyarai Cellars.

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