Some things are meant for each other: Laurel and Hardy, Minneapolis and St. Paul, certain foods and certain wines.
What follows is a range of tasty wines for Thanksgiving. They run the gamut from gew?rztraminer to ros? from sauvignon blanc to pinot noir — and everything in between.
Some of the varietals pair beautifully with a particular dish, like a crisp sauvignon blanc with scallops or an exotic gew?rztraminer with pumpkin pie. Others listed — like a full-bodied pinot noir — can be enjoyed solo, either before the feast or after.
<strong> Tablas Creek Vineyard, 2011 Esprit de Tablas Rhone Red Blend,</strong> 14.5 percent alcohol, $55. A wine with a lovely earthiness. Notes of mushroom, herbs, cherry and pepper. Lamb would be a particularly good pick.
<strong>Lasseter Family Winery, 2012 Enjoue Ros?</strong> 13.4 percent, $24. This is an exotic ros? complex and refreshing. It has notes of strawberry, grapefruit and a hint of mango. It's buoyed by bright acidity and has a dry, crisp finish. Gorgeous. (78 percent syrah, 12 percent grenache, and 10 percent mourvedre.) A marinated pork loin would be a tasty food match.
<strong>Gundlach Bundschu, 2012 Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast Gew?rztraminer,</strong> 14.5 percent, $22.50. An aromatic wine with layered flavors. Notes of Asian pear, guava and ginger. It's buoyed with bright acidity and it has a crisp finish. Exotic. This wine would be exceptional with pumpkin pie.
<strong>Au Bon Climat, 2009 Santa Maria Valley, Harmony Nuits-Blanche au Bouge, Chardonnay,</strong> 14 percent, $22. A bright chardonnay with crisp acidity and good minerality. Notes of bright apple, pear and a hint of lemon. Refreshing. A tasty pairing would be smoked chicken.
<strong>Groundwork, 2011 Central Coast, Grenache, 14.7 percent,</strong> $20. A ripe red that's turning heads. It has juicy red fruit, a lush texture and notes of herbs and pepper. A steal for the caliber of wine. This bright grenache would work well with a slow-cooked roast.
<strong>Landmark Overlook, 2011 Sonoma County Chardonnay,</strong> 14 percent, $25. A lovely chardonnay with rich, yet bright flavors. Tasty notes of melon, pear, white peach and Meyer lemon. Lingering finish. Baked salmon would play off the bright notes of this wine.
<strong>Davis Bynum, 2012 Virgina's Block Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc,</strong> 14.5 percent, $25. Tropical, with notes of lime, grapefruit and citrus. Bright acidty. Great minerality. An impressive match would be grilled calamari.
<strong>McFadden, 2011 Potter Valley, Mendocino Gew?rztraminer,</strong> 13.7 percent, $17. Floral, with notes of green apple, pear and honey. Light and lively. Zesty. An Asian-inspired appetizer would pair well.
<strong>Steven Kent, 2012 "Merrillie" Livermore Valley Chardonnay,</strong> 14.7 percent, $34. A budget-savvy price for the caliber of this chardonnay. Complex and rich, with notes of pear, lemon curd and toast. Lingering finish. A tasty pairing would be grilled chicken.
<strong>Loring Wine Company, 2012 Rosella's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir,</strong> 14.9 percent, $50. A jammy, big boy pinot with gorgeous fruit and great concentration. Layered with notes of black cherry, anise and cracked black pepper. A savory match would be smoked squab.
<strong>Carmenet, 2012 California Chardonnay,</strong> 12.5 percent, $12. A value chardonnay that has notes of pear, melon and toast. It's not a highbrow wine by any means, but it's well integrated with appealing flavors. An outstanding match for pumpkin risotto.
<strong>Vina Mayor, 2012 Rueda Verdejo,</strong> 13 percent, $16. Intense, with crisp acidity and lively flavors of lime, herbs and mineral. It's a refreshing quaff, well worth the price. The best pairing here, hands down, is oysters on the half shell.