Thanksgiving is only 1 week from tomorrow!  It is crazy how it always seems to sneak up on me every year.  November is a busy month.  My birthday, my husband's birthday, Wine Spectator Top 100 release, Beaujolais nouveau(blah) and then Thanksgiving and the holidays!  The wine business is extremely busy from November to the end of the year.  As much as I love Christmas, it can be a little hectic and crazy and it usually flies by!

Being the "wine guy" of my family.  I am usually always responsible to bring the wine, or I am receiving calls from family about what they should buy to pair with the meal.  I am always a proponent of drinking what you like and not what the "experts" say would pair best.  There is no need to drink something you don't like just because it is supposed to be the best pairing.  With that being said, the classic pairing for Thanksgiving is Pinot Noir.  Pinot Noir is a lighter bodied red that will not overpower the turkey and the bright red fruit notes in the Pinot complement the sides that typically go with Thanksgiving dinner.  For whites, Gewürztraminer or Chardonnay are typically the most common recommendations.  I will probably mention more about this next week, but today I wanted to focus on a Pinot Noir.

The 2018 Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Estate Grown Pinot Noir is a perfect option for your Thanksgiving dinner.  This California Pinot has a bit more body than say your Oregon or Burgundy Pinot Noir's, but still elegant enough so not to overpower the food.  It has wonderful earth tones and nice bright raspberry and cherry notes to compliment the stuffing and cranberry sauce.  Wine Enthusiast gave it 92-points.  "...this impressive red is juicy and stemmy, a mix of earth and fresh cherry and raspberry. Black tea, forest floor and a memorable hint of white pepper combine to make it complex, elegant and delicious."

This is not the cheapest Pinot, coming in around $40, but still a wonderful value considering most of your Oregon and Burgundy Pinots of this quality are usually $50 or more.  And I always find people like to spend a little more for their wine during the holidays (even though a more expensive wine doesn't necessarily mean you will like it more).

So, with just over a week left before Thanksgiving, it is time to get your wine ready!  If you want a delicious red to pair with your Turkey, look no further than Emeritus.

Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2018

-Patrick Mulrooney

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