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There’s just something comforting about fall foods. Warm, soothing soups, fragrant apple desserts, hearty pasta dishes that make you wonder exactly why no-carb was ever popular.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc

Wanting to take full advantage of fall foods, I invited Dry and Mr. Dry over for an Autumnal dinner. The goal was casual and easy food and the pairings weren’t too planned out. All the wines but the Burgess were sent free for review.

Indian Chenin Blanc

We started with a roasted butternut squash soup with sage croutons and a 2009 Honah Lee Viognier , a single-vineyard 100 percent viognier from Tarara Winery in Virginia. I had tried this wine while on a trip to Virginia last week and loved it so much I bought a bottle to bring home. While Virginia might not be the first wine-producing region you think of, they’re making beautiful wines and have a rich history of winemaking. It’s a wonderful area to visit and the wines have a breathtaking acidity. It smells like a tropical oasis – bananas, lychee, pineapple and coconut. Almost as if you were sniffing banana boat but in a much more delicate, refined way. It’s a round, luscious wine that has beautiful balance. This was my personal favorite of the night that I kept sipping on, even as the rest of the company turned to red. This wine is available online from Tarara Winery for $30 a bottle.

Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



I know when the holidays are nearing because of the massive number of pitches, press releases and (a small amount) of wine start coming in. I've been getting these since before Halloween, just like the department stores putting out Christmas decorations super early. Much of the wine is Pinot Noir. I certainly understand that. It's a safe and expected choice.

Indian Rosé

Not knocking Pinot here, but I like to introduce my guests to interesting wines, wines that you might not otherwise try with a holiday dinner. One year my pick was a Pinot Meunier, a wine that is mostly blended into Champagne. It was a big hit. So no Pinot Noir or Chardonnay here, just my top 10 recommendations to try along with the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. All the wines, except for a big splurge on a Sauternes from Chateau Coutet (hey, it's the holidays), sell for $25 and less.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc

Start the holiday on a festive note with a pink sparkler.  Seguras Viudas makes some of the best value bubbles around.  This brut rosé is made from Trepat and Garnacha grapes (no Pinot Noir here!) in the Cava region of Spain.

Indian Chenin Blanc



GEYSERVILLE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Sbragia Family Vineyards, the winery founded by renowned Winemaster Ed Sbragia, and owned by the Sbragia family and Bacchus Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based wine investment firm, announced today the appointment of Steve Cousins to the position of General Manager of Sbragia Family Vineyards. Cousins will be responsible for all business operations of the winery including the development and implementation of the company's sales, marketing and strategic plans. He will work closely with Ed Sbragia and his son, Winemaker Adam Sbragia.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

Cousins has 30 years of wine industry experience with expertise in general management, branding, marketing and sales. He has a successful track record of accelerating growth at family owned and operated wine companies.

Indian Rosé

Most recently, Cousins owned and operated Cousins Consulting which provided strategic and business planning for several California wineries. Previously, Cousins was COO of Freemark Abbey, CEO of WineQuest (Delicato's brand company - Delicato, Monterra), CEO and President of RACKE USA (Buena Vista, Robert Stemmler, Haywood) and VP Operations of KIMCO Restaurant Group.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc



The Star-Ledger - NJ.com John Foy At Thanksgiving, it is better to have more delicate wines, especially when there is an array of palates at the table.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India

Some wine collectors like to pour their biggest, boldest, most alcohol-laden cabernet sauvignon, syrah, or Meritage wines on Thanksgiving. I always think that’s overkill for turkey, stuffing and the traditional side dishes.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

Better to have more delicate wines, especially when there is an array of palates at the table, and I have two suggestions that will not overwhelm the food and have moderate alcohol content.

Indian Rosé



At Holesinsky Organic Vineyard and Winery, owner and winemakerJames Holesinsky stirs this year’s batch of fermenting merlotgrapes. The mixture must be stirred several times a day forweeks.

Chenin Blanc India

• As guests arrive, surprise them with a champagne or sparklingwhite wine, served chilled in a flute. “This will create acelebratory atmosphere.” • For pairing wines throughout the meal, Melone suggestseasy-drinking red and white wines. A sauvignon blanc has herbaceousflavors that mix well with traditional turkey dishes. Looking for agood red? Try a pinot noir, which complements turkey breast.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India

• Most importantly, don’t worry about breaking a rule, Melonesaid. Simply enjoy the day with family and friends.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz



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