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Bubblies are always a hit at any celebration, including Thanksgiving. You'll be surprised at how well they pair with most of the eclectic offerings on the table. 

From California to Italy, here are some good choices:


J Cuvée 20 Brut NV, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA ($28) This easy to drink Cuvée Brut is made with hand-harvested grapes – 54% chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir, and 2% Pinot Meunier – from the cool-climate vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley.  Gently pressed without destemming, the juice from each vineyard lot is fermented and kept separately until blending. After second fermentation in the bottle, the wine was aged for 2 years in the cellar and then an additional 6 months after disgorging.  The wine opens with crisp clean aromas of toasted hazelnut and ripe apricots and is enlivened by lemon lime and ripe pear notes. It pairs well during social gatherings, with seafood such as scallops in citrus-based cream sauce, or salad with toasted nut; Parmesan and  Blue cheese.


J Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA ($38). 66% Pinot Noir, 33% chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier grapes from J’s Estate Vineayrds in the Russian River Valley make for a gorgeous sparkling wine with a pink salmon hue, delicate aromas of strawberry, fresh cream and freshly baked brioche, flavors of tangerine, rose petal and raspberry and a bright, delightful acidity. It pairs superbly well with oysters, smoked salmon and cheese canapés


Délice, Chandon, Napa, CA ($24) is making its début onThanksgiving. A fruit-driven semi-sweet sparkling wine made with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier has a creamy, luscious mouthfeel with nectarine, pear, golden apple and ruby grapefruit flavors.  It is easy to drink and is a good match for spicy dishes, such as Thai curry, Cajun jambalaya and Mexican salsa. It pairs well with creamy cheeses of all kinds and rich desserts such as lemon meringue pie or crème brûlée.


Ferrari Perlé 2007, Trento D.O.C., Italy ($35) Made from 100% chardonnay sourced from vineyards owned by the Lunelli family on the Alps, hand harvested, processed by Méthode champenoise and matured for 5 years on selected yeasts, this is a dry, crisp, elegant  vintage Blanc de Blanc. Golden straw-colored with an intense and refined bouquet of almond blossom, apples, and hints of freshly baked crusty bread. It is  rich, creamy and zesty with complex notes of citrus, ripe apples and pears, yeast, sweet almonds and the lush fruit typical of Chardonnay, with a bright acidity and a refreshing finish. This is a seriously good wine that pairs with just about every food other than venison and grilled red meat.


Terredirai Prosecco Extra Dry DOC Treviso Millesimato 2013 ($12.99) This new line of Ca' di Rajo wines from Rai of San Polo in the Veneto, Treviso, is made from 100% Glera grapes with the charmat method. Bright, straw yellow with a delicate and persistent perlage, it is floral on the nose with notes of apple, lemon and grapefruit prolonged on the palate with added hints of peach and pineapple, bread crust and yeast.  This is a well-balanced, well-structured wine to be sipped cold as an aperitif; it stands up to tempura vegetables and seafood, raw oysters and crudos, cheeses, pastas and truffle dishes.   A good bargain.

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