Blends for friends
Wine blends please many guests’ palates.
Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be detailed enough. Selecting the wine shouldn’t be difficult.
For choices everyone will like, look to blends of several grapes, which are often better than the individual grapes alone.
In a Champagne blend — usually Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — each grape contributes something unique. Pinot Noir gives it structure, Chardonnay adds finesse and Pinot Meunier lends a certain fruity richness.
The Prisoner Wine Co. 2012 red blend, Napa Valley, Calif. — $42.99
The entire kitchen sink awaits you — and a most luscious one at that. This blend consists of Zinfandel, Cabernet, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Grenache and Malbec. I often pick this wine at business or social dinners because everyone raves about it.
Fonseca Bin 27 Port, Portugal — $12.99
You always want the wine to be sweeter than the dessert. Anything chocolate is a winner with this option, but it even works well with pecan or pumpkin pie. You’ll find grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca in this blend.
Canard Duchêne Brut Rosé, Ludes, France — $44.29
This hugely popular bubbly has been all the rage in France and just arrived on our shelves in the states. Rosé is my first pick for holiday bubbly. The color is festive, and there is usually a little more Pinot Noir in the blend, which helps it hold up to more foods in your meal.
Conundrum 2012 California white blend, Rutherford, Calif. — $17.69
One of my favorite blends, this mix includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Viognier and Semillon. It’s off-dry — meaning it has a little sweetness — and will please everyone. It’s simply delicious.