I love the Thanksgiving Holiday.  It kicks off my season in a grand style and gives me an excuse to go ‘cellar diving’.  I have most of my wine on racks in the basement, but the good stuff is in wooden cases and they are stacked, making it hard to get to them on a whim hence the need for an annual sorting out to make sure I can get to the top end bottles.  I took the opportunity to re-arrange some of the boxes and generally clean up.  What I didn’t know was that there were several hidden, forgotten treasures. I once bought 3 cases of 2000 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon.  I was convinced I had drunk them all and was using the boxes to stores other goodies…..  You guessed it- Jackpot time!

Next up was to group all my dessert Sauternes, the ‘Liquid Gold’. I told you I was going to hoard some after I tasted the Doisy-Vedrines. Amazing stuff that is just spectacular.  The place looked a mess for a while and I will admit to breaking one bottle of cheap red in the process but it was well worth the effort.  I got numerous bottles out of their boxes and they are poised, ready to go with whatever pops up between now and the new year.

Moxie and I hosted Thanksgiving for 22 people.  I have practiced on my Big Green Egg and felt confident that I could roast a bird on it.  Moxie was not so confident, she cooked a backup in the oven!  As it turned out, the bird was amazing, with a balanced hint of smoke and sage.  Not overpowering but needing a more hefty, robust red than the casual Pinot Noir.  I was prepared for the challenge.  Our friends managed to put away two sparkling wines, a Sancerre, the Don Melchor, BV’s 2007 Tapestry (which is on pointe now), the obvious ’01 Lynch Bages, followed up with a a sticky Doisy.  I finished off a Barbaresco from the previous evening for good measure after the guests were gone.  All in all, a well rounded group of wines.  I had planned on some ’05 Burgundies but our guests all insisted on other regions.  Might just have to crack one tonight with leftovers!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and wish you good health and happiness for the holidays.  Salut….

Six pack of heaven, still in tissue

Six pack of heaven, still in tissue

Don Melchor 2000, unwrapped

Don Melchor 2000, unwrapped

Neatly packaged Liquid Gold

Neatly packaged Liquid Gold

The shambles, before organizing

The shambles, before organizing

Getting ready

Getting ready

The evidence

The evidence

The practice Turkey

The practice Turkey

The remnants of the bird!

The remnants of the bird!