Singin’ & Swiggin’ on Thanksgiving (or, why Sarah Vaughn reminds me of California Pinot)

So, every Thanksgiving I host a family wine tasting the night before the holiday (this tradition beat out several attempts at running a Turkey Trot 5k race the next morning – we now stick to our strengths.) This year, my brother suggested I pair music with the wine, making this year’s tasting a pleasure to many senses. I crafted some ‘tasting’ notes that I felt also embodied the singer’s style that inspired the pairing. Either way, if the notes appeal you might discover a new wine or a singer you’ll like! Pour yourself a glass and enjoy – If you’d like to listen to the playlist I created for the tasting, you can find it here on Spotify (I’m sure it would pair well with any activity):

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Alsatian Whites

Blossom Dearie

These are lighter wines that have a touch of sweetness. They’re deceivingly delicate with a cut and edge that makes what seems initially dainty lingering and profound.

Trimbach Reisling 2011

Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer 2011

Pinots of the World

France: Burgundy

Ella Fitzgerald

The gold standard of craft and excellence – fine and nuanced with range and palpable delight. Vivid, ebullient and true to itself.

Domaine Champy Chorey-les-Beaune 2010

New Zealand

Nancy Wilson

A surprising and bright wine with backbone and focus. Persistent, pure and a little tart.

Nobilo Icon Marlborough 2012

USA: Oregon

Anita O’Day

A dusky tone and a darker charm, popular but never pandering in style. Touches of smoke lend it mystery and finesse.

Montinore Estate Willamette Valley 2012

USA: California

Sarah Vaughn

Quintessentially voluptuous and generous expression of the grape. Silken, ripe, indulgent, soft and unmistakable.

Russian River Vineyards, Russian River Valley 2013

At the end of the tasting, I’d say Nancy Wilson got the most notice from the musical category, while the California Pinot seemed to be the favorite. As for me, I was drinking Ella’s wine but am in an Anita O’Day mood as of late…and you?

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