A passion for food + fashion

And to Drink?

In Drink on November 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of our heritage bird via FedEx. Last year, it arrived wearing a silver Prada Sport-inspired aluminized bubble wrap to keep Tom cool. (And at those prices—$129 for a 10-12 lb bird—I hope it was Prada.) While we wait for this year’s fashionable arrival, let’s talk about what we’re going to drink on Thursday!

I’m torn because my father is a hard-core White Burgundy fan, and my sister is a Russian River Pinot Noir devotée. My husband likes California Chardonnay, and I’d rather be drinking Alsatian Riesling, but would be thrilled with a bottle of Lopez Heredia “Viña Tondonia” Rosado Rioja—an earthy, nutty and fruity Spanish rosé. In fact, Spanish wines in general—red, white, pink, bubbly—are a great choice for Thanksgiving since they have both that Old World minerality and earthiness, and that New World fruitiness. (For more on this, check out my Thanksgiving Wine piece in the November 2009 issue of Bon Appétit Magazine.) I was loving Lopez Heredia rosé all summer after my friend Dudley introduced me to it, and the love affair continues well into fall…

Of course, the one area on which we all agree is Champagne to start, particularly blanc de blancs, which is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes. I’m thinking either a Ruinart or Henriot would be perfect with the smoked salmon & crème fraîche app we’re planning. Cheers to Thanksgiving!

  1. my dad’s famous hawaiian coolers are the start to every holiday season. i know, they don’t sound “holidayish” at all, but they are frosty,creamy, and DELICIOUS. here’s the recipe…..
    1.in a blender add 1 small can of dole pineapple juice (the can will act as your measuring cup for the rest of the liquids involved. take a can opener,take off the top, and there you go.)
    2.1 can of vodka
    3.1 can 1/2 and 1/2
    4.couple scoops of pineapple sherbert
    5.handful of ice
    blend away!!! cheers!

  2. Champagne! And more champagne. Easiest, most festive, and I have dozens, yes dozens of flutes.

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