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Page to Plate Thanksgiving Wine Pairings: Happily Stuck in Lodi

I'll be honest: the only thing I really knew about Lodi was as a Creedence Clearwater Revival song...and being stuck there. You know the song, right?

Then a blogging friend Michelle at Rockin Red Blog shared a curated box of wines from Lodi during our last #winePW event. First, I trust her palate implicitly. Second, I can't resist something marketed as 'Out of the Box.' So, a few clicks later and I had Lodi Wines' Out of the Box Thanksgiving on its way to me.

I received a box of four wines from Lodi. I was so intrigued by the descriptions that I decided to use them for a completely Lodi Thanksgiving. What fun!

The 2014 Viognier from Acquiesce Winery is a delightful single varietal. With its soft golden hue and notes of honeysuckle, peaches, and fresh cut herbs, it's shockingly and atypically acidic for a usually sweet varietal. Clean and crisp, I opted to pour Acquiesce with our first course of Tequila Mockingbird and Brave New Swirled Pumpkin Soup.

Next up was the 2013 Alicante Bouschet by m2 Wines that I paired with our roasted leg of lamb. This is a completely new-to-me grape varietal and it's definitely my kinda wine. It has a vibrant garnet shade in the glass with notes of herbs, juniper, and black pepper on the nose. It's complex yet balanced. It was totally unique and pleasing with the lamb.

We finished up our meal with The Petit Quince Crumble and two kinds of dry ice sherbet - Lychee-Ginger Sherbet and Lemongrass-Basil-Raspberry Sherbet. I poured Michael David's 2014 Symphony. The Symphony grape is a hybrid of Muscat de Alexandria and Grenache Gris. It's sweet, but not syrupy. And though it's not a sparkling wine, it has a hint of effervescence. Just enough. It has some mild acidity that cuts the sweetness and makes it the perfect wine with a dessert course.

The fourth bottle, didn't make it to the Thanksgiving table, but was served later that evening with some brie and crackers as an evening snack. The Mettler Family Vineyard's 2013 Petite Sirah was another fabulous red. I almost want to call it a purple wine! Inky in the glass with notes of berry, stone fruit, and dark chocolate, it's not a big red by any means. But it has body and a litheness about it.

I am so happy that Michelle pointed me towards Lodi wines last month. And I will definitely make a point to visit there one of these days. Cheers!


  1. This is so awesome! Your food pairing are amazing as always! Tequila Mockingbird - WOW! Thanks for the props too. You are so kind! Cheers!


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