Thanksgiving can weigh you down. The rich meal topped with heavy red wine can overwhelm. One answer: go for high-acid, lighter bodied reds like Beaujolais and Pinot Noir, and pour white wine like Chenin Blanc and Riesling. But what about mixing it up a bit, and pouring something unexpected? Even the richest rosé will offer freshness and light to cut through the heavy meal….
The freshness of Tracey and Jared Brandt’s 2011 Donkey and Goat Grenache Rosé makes it an easy favorite any time of year. Named after their daughter, Isabel’s Cuvée smells just like ripe strawberries, and that berry flavor is too delicious to stop drinking. This wine, picked from 90+ year old Grenache Gris vines in the McDowell Valley vineyard in Mendocino, has a lovely creamy texture and fresh acidity (that doesn’t veer into astringency, which happens all too often with rosé.) Behind the berries, it tastes of crisp Asian pear with a squeeze of lemon. This is a party-friendly wine that’s ready for food. It sells for around $20.
Maggie Hoffman, Serious Eats , November 15, 2012