Holiday Spirits



We spent this past Saturday morning with Bill D’Amico and his staff of Chalet Premier, a local state liquor agency specializing in premium wines, spirits, and specialty beers.  The purpose of our visit was to get some fresh ideas of what types of wines are available to serve with this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Bill has a deep background in the beverage industry and he states his broad knowledge is primarily a result of the customer feedback he receives. Furthermore, the service The Chalet (as we like to call it) offers is second to none!  As busy as The Chalet is this time of year, Bill set aside some of his valuable time to educate and introduce us to a handful of wines that are tailored for pairing with your Thanksgiving Day dinner.  All of the wines mentioned are recommended to be served chilled and are priced reasonably under $20.00. You can watch a segment with Bill this week on the WFMJ TODAY show featuring the Beaujolais Nouveau Thanksgiving wine.

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2013 Georges Duboeuf BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU– This is first wine we were introduced to and lucky enough to taste.  It was smooth and delicious.  This wine was released to Chalet Premier the Thursday before Thanksgiving.  It is a light-to-medium bodied red wine that is dominated by fruity ester flavors such as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear drop. This easy drink receives large hype globally, due to the await of its release.  We think that is the reason the word “CELEBRATE” is on the label.  Beaujolais region, France.

3 Girls Pinot Noir– A light dry red wine with soft floral aromas, a hint of cedar trufles and fresh-turned earth.  Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi, CA

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Fetzer Gewurztraminer Shaly Loam– A medium bodied white with flavors of honeyed apricot and peach, with the aroma of rose petals and honeysuckle. Mendocino County, CA

Hogue Late Harvest Riesling– A crisp, sweet, tangerine apricot flavor with aroma of orange, lemon-lime and peach.  Columbia Valley, WA

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling – This Riesling is an off-dry wine that delivers sweet lime and peach with subtle mineral notes. This is an “any day” Riesling, a pleasure to drink and easy to pair with a variety of foods.  Columbia Valley, WA

Snoqualmie Winemakers Select Riesling – This moderately sweet wine has aromas of spicy pear and dried apricots that give way to luscious fruit and honey notes with a crisp and clean finish.  Columbia Valley, WA

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Also for you beer drinkers, we haven’t forgotten about you.  A fall favorite of Chalet customers during this season is the pumking.  Ryan Zocolo, the resident beer expert, described it as a dark and spicy beer that falls into the autumn seasonal ales.  As we head towards the Christmas ales, which are already being sold, Ryan suggested an alternate to the famous Great Lakes Christmas Ale.  His personal favorite for the holiday season is a Breckenridge Christmas Ale that he describes as having well balanced flavors with a just a hint of spice.    For the adventurous beer connoisseurs, try 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Akron, OH and Anchor Christmas Ale-Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA.  If you want to sample a variety of specialty beers, The Chalet offers a “Mix-A-Six” that allows you to create your own custom 6 pack.

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