Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2010 – Perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving feast – Chicago Sun Times
“Wine is the essential catalyst for the bountiful seasonings offered during Thanksgiving. While some might insist that you adhere to steadfast rules with regard to what is poured alongside an oven-roasted fowl, it is more a matter of balancing flavors, occasionally with some minor adjustments, while walking the line and pleasing the relatives.
“To begin with, you can easily start your entertaining with a domestic sparkling white or rose. If you are so inclined, you can carry these wines through the entire meal because they likely find the middle ground with most foods.
“Just remember to avoid wines with an attitude and choose only those that are willing to keep peace at the Thanksgiving table. Here are a few recommendations.
“Schramsberg has a world-class reputation in sparkling wines and is on par with some of the best French Champagne houses. Jack and Jamie Davies were one of the first pioneers in the sparkling arena, founding Schramsberg in what was an abandoned mountainside winery in 1965. Although better known for its vintage dated Blanc de Blanc and J Schram wines, this Demi-sec style is a blend of Flora (Semillon and Gewurztraminer) along with some select lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir aged on the yeast for 2 years. The end result is a contoured wine with baked gingerbread and almond cookie aromas. The soft effervescence and well-defined fruit is kept in balance with some orange citrus notes that are integrated between velvety layers.”
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