Riesling: A holiday no-brainer
Anyone seeking a Thanksgiving wine should consider a riesling from the Pacific Northwest, said Penelope Bass in Imbibe. The “incredibly versatile” white varietal flourishes in cool climates, and its bright fruit flavors pair beautifully with turkey and roasted vegetables.
2016 Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl ($13). A “knockout,” especially at its price, Kung Fu Girl combines “gorgeous” floral aromas with a pleasant acidity that “dances across the palate.”
2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle ($9). The acidity in this standby from Washington’s oldest winery is balanced by a “barely there” sweetness.
2016 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap ($20). “With a creamy sweetness up front and a pleasantly dry finish,” this Columbia Valley white “can easily stand up to turkey.”
2015 Ponzi Vineyards ($22). “Bonedry and delightfully crisp,” this Willamette Valley riesling is almost sake-like, but with “notes of melon and almond.”