Featured in Reggie's Thanksgiving Wine Letter
|Dear Wine Lover,
Ventana Vineyard was in full harvest the first day of autumn and now we are performing some serious winemaking! But even as busy as the wine making crew and I are, we can still feel the holidays beckoning. Each year I get a lot of questions about wine selection for Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to get an answer to you all now so that those of you who need to ship still have time to order.
The real challenge with this tasty meal is that it is normally served “family” style, all the dishes on the plate together, not course by course. Essentially you need one or two wines that will pair nicely with all of the foods.
I like to start my guests with a well chilled glass of Dry Rosado. It pairs extremely well with light appetizers; it looks festive and cheerful and refreshes the palate. The guests can mingle with wine and appetizers while last minute kitchen prep is happening. For the main meal, my choices are Gewürztraminer for the white wine selection and Pinot Noir for the red.
Gewürztraminer has a spicy zip that plays with the sweeter items like sweet potato, apple and cranberry. Pinot Noir’s bright red berry fruit and balance will not overwhelm the delicate flavors of the Turkey. At Ventana our current vintages are 2008 Dry Rosado, 2008 Gewürztraminer and the 2007 Pinot Noir. Each of these wines has received a gold medal.
Enjoy your holidays!
Winemaker, Ventana Vineyards
"Gewurtz" in German means "spiced" and that spiced quality is what makes this grape very special. This varietal grows best in cool growing regions like that of our Ventana Vineyard. In the vineyard, we have the vines planted under two types of trellising systems, the original ten acres planted in the early 1970s uses a quadrilateral trellis and in other parts of the vineyard we prune the vines to a trellis utilizing the Vertical Shoot Positioning system (VSP) pionereed by founder Doug Meador.
For the Ventana Gewurztraminer, we pick, press, and send to tank very quickly to retain fresh flavors. After 48 hours of settling, we transfer to stainless steel tanks for fermentation.
Ventana models its Gewurztraminer in the off-dry Alsatian Style. With flavor characteristics of litchis, orange blossoms, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, it exudes a lively bouquet. The wine is medium bodied with a lingering crisp spice finish. The off-dry style matches beautifully with food. Try Gewurztraminer with mild creamy cheeses, spicy Asian cuisine, pork dishes and poultry, especially turkey.
GOLD – Grand Harvest Awards 2009
GOLD-Denver International Wine Competition 2008
GOLD-Critics Challenge Intl Wine Competition 2008
SILVER – U.S. Professional Wine Buyers Competition 2009
SILVER-California Mid-State Fair Wine Competition 2008
SILVER-Riverside International Wine Competition 2008
SILVER-Central Coast Wine Competition 2008
SILVER-Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2008
Vineyard: Ventana Vineyard
Soil Type: Calcerous composition of alluvial desposit, rocks and gravel