Seasonal Stunners!

'Tis the season to start creating your Thanksgiving menu and wine list. Here are three wines that I've been ridiculously into and can't wait to see what they do with the traditional fixin's. 

1.) 2015 Furst Elbling

Elbling is a ridiculously fun and interesting German grape, and this one hails from the steep slopes of the southern Mosel river valley. The soil type here is a shell-based limestone, which is shown off on the palate. Minerality is the motto here, with notes of river fish, brine-y oysters and sesame seeds. Complex, fresh as hell and completely dry, I'd pair with soft cheeses, arugula salads and squash. 

2.) 2015 Domaine de la Pinte Poulsard de l'Amis Karl

From the always interesting Arbois region (Jura, France), the Poulsard grape is one of the thinnest-skinned in the world. The marl soil and biodynamic practices both shine through upon tasting. I knew the tannins would be rather low, but the body surprised me. This is quite mouth-coating while tart cranberries and raspberries are balanced between lilicorice and spice.  It's basically cranberry sauce in a wine glass, and the powerful earthy tones make it perfect for light turkey and mushroom stuffing. 

3.) 2013 Georges Lignier et Fils Marsonnay

I'm always on the hunt for Marsonnay, as the region consistently produces great red and white Burgundy at a major value. In a traditional style, this Pinot Noir is quite inviting with just a touch of new oak. Ripe dark cherries, raisins and balsamic grace the nose, while the palate is a bit more complex and mineral. Notes of white mushroom and salami are released on the long finish. Ready to drink now, and easy to pair with slightly heavier sides, including casseroles and gravy-glazed potatoes.

All wines available at Kingston Wine Co. in Kingston, NY