TN: Thanksgiving in Georgia

Tuesday we (myself, Betsy, her mom) made it to LaGuardia without incident= . We had excellent burgers from the Pat LaFrieda stand, but no wine (but I= was actually tempted/impressed by the lineup at Bar Brace in Terminal D- = prices a bit high. until you remember its an airport, but interesting array= of Italian wines by the glass). /Flight to Atl was uneventful, good to be at parents.=20
Wednesday included a trip to Harrys/Whole Foods and Total, wine prices in G= eorgia are a big gulp for me, and selection in Alpharetta not terribly broa= d. But I ended up with a=20 an interesting German, a US PN with familial connections, and a CA CS (t= rying to do mostly US for Thanksgiving, though I tried for Beaujolais till= I realized most f of my choices were DuBoeuf).=20
Wed night with roast beef, =93Asian cole slaw,=94 baked potato, asparagus,= etc the 2007 Togni Tanbark Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. I find Togni=92s main= estate wine to be the runnerup to Dunn in accessibility, luckily the secon= d wine is more approachable. Black fruits, cocoa, some new oak. I enjoy in= a fairly typical CalCab way , but with some structure but am surprised = that it basically falls apart overnight. B on night 1.=20
Thanksgiving of course was the big event. Dishes included turkey, ham, sa= ge dressing, oyster dressing, corn, beans, cranberry relish, cranberry jell= y, mashed rutabaga turnips, Brussels sprouts, roasted vegetables (kohlrabi,= yellow and red beets, carrots, turnips), sweet potatoes, Caesar salad, pu= reed squash, rolls, and a bevy of desserts.=20
2010 Hans Wirsching Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Trocken Grapefruit and pit fruits, mineral, moderate acids, just a hint of sweetnes= s,.quite nice. over couple nights B++
2008 Foris Pinot Noir I got this because I was wandering Total Wine and spotted this, and rememb= ered Betsy=92s late father=92s double-cousin=92s son (don=92t try to chart= that!) was owner.=20 Black cherry, light, fresh and bright, a good turkey wine, that holds up we= ll over following day. B/B+
2007 Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay This was sitting in cabinet of my parents=92 kitchen since last Thanksgiv= ing, when it wasn=92t opened. Didn=92t seem damaged, no heat or advanced = notes. Vanillin oak,.but good acids and not much in the buttery range. To= o oaky for me, but if the oak ever integrated this might be interesting, = not gloppy or flabby. B-
Friday we went to my brother=92s club,. food was actually quite good, , = excellent=20 calamari and shrimp to start, then I had grouper with chevre grits and sala= d, along with a glass of 2011 Berger Gruner Veltliner, light, peas and green plums over = a light saline base, pleasant. B (Betsy had scallops with a very good glass of Godello, that I liked ,more t= han the GVbut I neglected to note producer. Damn!)
Not a bad few days vinowise, but will be happy to be back to my cellar ( (a= nd NY pricing). Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.=20
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine,= B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a pa= rty where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi= ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.=20
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