Obama served it at his first White House dinner. Fundraising dinners and events are centered around it. Organic wines are quickly rising in popularity and with the number of options out there, it’s difficult to choose which one will to serve with your dinner. If you’re hoping to create a green Thanksgiving complete with organic wine, choose one of the following to complement and pair with your meal.
Top Organic Wine #1: Ukiah Cellars’ 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
For about $15 a bottle, the Ukiah Cellars’ 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County, California, is hard to beat for value and flavor. Sustainably farmed, it is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and 1% Viognier and highly accessible, thereby an excellent choice for a wide range of Thanksgiving guests.
Top Organic Wine #2: Protero Viognier
The Protero Viognier from South Australia is an excellent organic wine to drink with the lighter first courses of your Thanksgiving meal. Extremely aromatic with a whiff of sweetness, it’s almost creamy with a lemon and apricot flavor.
Top Organic Wine #3: Talmage 2006 Mariah Vineyards Syrah
Out of Mendocino County comes another excellent organic wine. Mariah Vineyards has been sustainably farmed since 1979, relying solely on solar power and biodiesel, so the creation of interesting and flavorful organic wines is no passing trend. A full bodied, velvety wine, this Syrah will go well with Thanksgiving desserts like mincemeat pie or pumpkin pie, accentuating the spice with its white pepper aromatics.
Top Organic Wine #4: 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc, Chateau Veronique
A medium-bodied red wine, the Coteaux du Languedoc will go perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey dinner or with any soft cheeses you serve on baguette or crackers as an appetizer. An historic region, this is a perfect excursion into rich and flavorful organic wine.
Top Organic Wine #5: 2007 Prosecco Sparkling, Perlage
The 2007 Prosecco Sparkling wine from the Perlage region north of Venice is a sparkling white wine that is perfect for any course in your Thanksgiving meal. Light and crisp, it’s refreshing and will cut through the heavy side dishes and gravy. If you prefer something with more body for the main course, offer this sweet vintage with the appetizers or dessert.
Where to Buy Organic Wine
If you’d like to buy a nice bottle or two of organic wines to complement your green Thanksgiving dinner this year, there are a number of online vendors you can try. Check out Organicwinepress.com or Wine-Searcher.com.