Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Wines

We all have a lot to be grateful for.

Verdict: The experts are all wrong. There's no better wine on Turkey Day than beer.  Dog Fish Head 90 Minute IPA - one of the best damn brews this country produces.

The rest of the story:
The right wine for Thanksgiving is a hotly debated subject.  Some experts say the semi-dryness of Reisling is a perfect offset to tryptophan.  Others suggest that boisterous Beaujolais plays well with the varying flavors a typical spread offers.  Still more insist that well aged California Cabernet is the right way to celebrate this feast.  Who's right?

More importantly, Who gives a crap?

The truth is that if you're reading a blog dedicated to overpriced grape juice, then you are better off than 99.9% of the world's population.  Really.  So, this Thanksgiving, we're taking a pause from the cherry picking and analysis and, well, we're giving thanks

Thanksgiving is about family, friends, togetherness. But (speaking of family) it's also about taking deep breaths, mending fences, forgiveness, and, sometimes, eating a side of humble pie with your turkey. More than anything else, Thanksgiving should be about gratitude.

Aside from our heartfelt thanks for our readers, the wineries who so generously supply us with behind the scenes information (and samples!), and tolerant spouses who patiently listen to more wine-related content than anyone should be asked to...we are grateful for our families, for what peace we do have in our lives, for our health, and for our good fortune to be alive during this most incredible time in our species' existence.

Cheesy, perhaps, but sincere. 

So, instead of focusing on the wine at the table this year, let's take a moment to look around and take stock.  We all have a lot to be grateful for.

Besides, the experts are all wrong.  There's no better wine on Turkey Day than beer.  It goes with everything on the table - and everyone at the table.  That's what we'll be drinking. 

So, with the sober aspect of this holiday behind us, we're recommending you reach for a Dog Fish Head 90 Minute IPA - one of the best damn brews this country produces.  We're surely thankful for that.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Winethropology.  Now, deep breath...