November officially marks the beginning of another “season” in South Florida, so it’s time to start thinking about special occasion wines.
First up is Thanksgiving, and my favorite choices for that family feast are California zinfandels. They can handle the variety of flavors on the table better than any other single wine.
Ravenswood Old Hill ($45), a single vineyard zin originally planted around 1880.
Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine ($30), a red produced from vines that are up to 110 years old.
Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice ($21), a zin conceived over a real game of “Liar’s Dice” by co-founder Tim Murphy.
Decoy from Duckhorn ($25), an outstanding zin from the always reliable Duckhorn winery.
Bonterra ($15), a certified organic red produced from grapes grown in California’s Mendocino County, an often overlooked area that produces superior zinfandel grapes.
For those at the table who prefer something in white, I’d opt for a fruity Riesling like the Carmel Road Unoaked Riesling ($16). With flavors of papayas, apricots and limes, this well-made white can complement the turkey and the sage dressing.