kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Thanksgiving recap

Hope you enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving holiday, filled with good friends and family, as well as good cheer. Thought I would post a little rundown of what wines I served, along with mini-reviews:

* Pre-dinner cocktails: I served a Pomegranate sparkling wine cocktail with Zardetto Prosecco. Fill a champagne flute 1/3 of the way with pomegranate juice, and then top with Prosecco. It was very refreshing, especially since Prosecco has a "clean" taste without the yeasty finish that Cava or Champagne can have.

* Main course: I offered a Domaine Sauvion Vouvray (nice apple and pear fruit, maybe even a little peach, along with a bit of fizz), as well as an Angeline Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (good cranberry and raspberry fruit, especially for the price)

* Cranberry sauce: I made it spiced, with Cline Zinfandel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and orange peel. A real crowd pleaser, although I must admit that the wine tasted better in the sauce than it did on its own.)

* Dessert: Along with pumpkin and apple pie, I served a Hogue Gewurztraminer. It was very tasty, with a bit of spice and residual sugar on the palate, but I wished it has been a bit sweeter. Next time I'll select a late harvest version.

In the next few weeks, I'll be offering some options for the holidays. Feel free to email me with questions, or with your own suggestions.