November 18, 2017

Volunteered to Bring Wine?

We’ve got your Thanksgiving plan

It seems simple enough. Sign up to bring the wine for Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t have to plan in advance or stick your hand inside a bird. Win-win. However, this decision could ultimately land you in the middle of a liquor store picking bottles based on a logo, how expensive the label looks, or a neon “staff picks” sign.

This year, sommelier Siobhán Sindoni has taken out the guess work for you. At the newly opened Commissary downtown, she has put together a special selection of California wines with your Thanksgiving dinner in mind.

Each of the four chosen are versatile, pair well with a variety of dishes, and are easy to drink (crowd-pleasers). All priced to mix and match: two bottles for $40, four for $80, or 6 for $120 plus tax. And the best part is that 10% of proceeds from the wine sales will go to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund helping the families impacted by the recent wild fires. Here, Sindoni walks us through the lineup.

Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay
“This Sonoma wine strikes the perfect balance for a chardonnay—not too oaky/buttery and not all flint or limestone. It’ll please nearly everyone at the table with its notes of yellow apple, lemon, and Bosc pear.”

Scharffenberger Sparkling Rosé
“If you’re going to do something sparkling with the white meat, make it a rosé. Made from pinot noir and chardonnay, it has a little more body than other sparkling whites, so it stands up nicely. It’s also a little bit drier.”

Bouchaine Pinot Noir
“This is an exceptional wine priced at a great value. Hailing from the Carneros growing region, it has the juicy, ripe red fruit notes you’d expect from a wine produced in cooler temperatures. It’s one of the best Thanksgiving wines because of its earthiness, pairing nicely with white meat and root vegetables.”

Lorenza Still Rosé
This relatively new vineyard—founded in 2008 by a mother and daughter—has the fortunate opportunity to produce from vines that are over 100 years old. This mostly Grenache blend is among my favorites: clean, crisp, and fruity with notes of watermelon rind. The bottle is beautiful, too.”

To taste them for yourself, head to Commissary on Monday, November 20 from 5–7 p.m. Sindoni will be there hosting complimentary tastings.

The Details: Commissary, 1217 Main Street. Available through Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23.