I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. You know, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I just love the fact that it is focused on family, food, and wine. There is no pressure. You're with your family and it's just like, "Hey, eat this delicious food! Hey, drink this great wine!". What's not to love? When I was little, we used to spend Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family, and it was always hosted at our house. Mom, Dad, and I would spend a lot of time cooking together the days prior and certainly the day of to prepare (Zack helped make breakfast in the morning, but he was hard to find after that...). My dad was always in charge of making soup and his famous garlic stringbeans with carrots and bacon (and wine selection, and in more recent years, coming up with a new brine for the turkey). Mom and I were in charge of everything else. I love cooking with my mom. One day, when I have a son or daughter, I hope that they enjoy cooking with me like I enjoy cooking with my mom.
When you are cooking (and of course, are over the age of 21), you need a glass or two of wine. It is just a rule. Of all the wines we have here at Karamoor, I would probably choose the 2013 Merlot or the 2014 Chardonnay as a drinking while cooking wine. I have done a post about the 2013 Merlot..it's an easy drinker. Enjoyable sip after sip. I have not, however, done a post about our 2014 Chardonnay.
I am usually not a huge Chardonnay fan. I typically prefer a dry reisling or gewurtztraminer...or maybe a Pouilly-Fume or Sancerre. I do like OUR Chardonnay though. For me, our Chardonnay drinks more Sauv Blanc-y (Kevin doesn't like when I say that, but it's what it reminds me of!). It is good and crisp, nice mouth feel (not buttery), with just a hint of oak. Kevin has been making them like this for us since 2012. For those that have not been following along, the 2012 Chardonnay was sold entirely to the Union League of Philadelphia. The 2013 has been flying off the shelves since its release this past January. Our 2014 Chardonnay was just released for sale last week, and it is really awesome. It has a bit more malolactic and a touch more oak than our past vintages, but it also has that wonderful crispness that I love about our Chardonnays. The nose is totally different than our 2013's (you should try them side by side!). It has notes of honeysuckle, butterscotch, and pineapple. The nose leads to flavors of juicy pear and flinty minerality and the finish is long and lingering. It will not disappoint.
I think that I would serve this wine with turkey or chicken thighs, shellfish, seabass, and I also think that it would go very well with trout almondine or something like that. I stumbled across this recipe: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/turkey-thighs-stuffed-porcini-sausage-artichoke-hearts.aspx, and I thought that it just sounded like it would be so terrific with our 2014 Chardonnay. 'Tis the season for roasts! I love roasts. They are just so easy and they make the house smell SO good. In the summertime, roasts are tough because it is hot out, and you have the air conditioning on, and the last thing you want to do is have your 375 degree oven on for 3+ hours (my roasts are large...we eat a lot of meat). But now, Old Man Winter is beating on the door and it is roast season. So, try that recipe...and our 2014 Chardonnay.
I hope that everyone has had a great week. If you remember, last weekend I was going to Casey's wedding. It was great, she looked so beautiful and happy. Congratulations Casey & John! Don't forget that we have that congratulatory wedding discount going on for the month of November! Use CASEY at checkout to get 10% off of all of our Merlots, and make sure to take advantage of it before time runs out. I will be spending my Friday night on a little date with the boyfriend and then I will be enjoying a very quiet weekend. Have a great weekend, and until next time...