It's that time of year again-- I think we can officially say its "Holiday Season," here in the US. (I know, I know... I saw a Christmas-themed ad for an ubiquitous, coffee shop the day after Halloween, but it felt like a complete farce to see snow and peacoats in the face of our beautiful, temperate November weather.) And this week is the annual gluttony fest that we all know and love - Thanksgiving.
Every year, wine writers seem to bend over backwards to put a new spin on that tired trope of what wines to drink with the meal. If you've been in the game of reading about wine for any amount of time, you can probably guess the few that will be trotted out-- the old standards being Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. If you're one of the trendy kids on the block, you've probably got a magnum of Beaujolais Villages stashed away for the day. Maybe a Zweigelt if you're feeling extra punchy. Yeah, yeah, these are all good options, but you know what? It doesn't really matter what you choose to drink for Thanksgiving.
Regardless of the origins of the holiday, I'm pretty down with the white-washed, grade-school level best sentiments. It's easy to forget to be grateful for the good things in our lives, and I think there's a lot of value in openly stating what we're thankful for. As for me, I'm just happy to be able to sit down and share conversation and nourishment with my loved ones. And that's more important than any bottle of wine.
(But if you must know, I'm probably going to be drinking our 2016 Syrah.)
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