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“If you pour just one wine this Thanksgiving, make it this food-friendly pinot noir”

From the Washington Post Online:

Holidays are approaching, so here are some worthy wines to help us celebrate without straining our budgets. For Hanukkah, which begins Nov. 28, we have two kosher wines. For Thanksgiving and beyond, we have a stellar pinot noir from the Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara County in California, plus two affordable high-quality bubblies, from Mendocino County and from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

A reminder that I am now including bottle weights. Under 500 grams = Light; 500-700 grams = Average; and over 700 grams = Heavy. I’m including the weights for the sparkling wine bottles for reference, but they, of course, need to be heavy to contain the pressure of the wine. Weights are measured on my kitchen scale.

3 1/2 stars (Extraordinary/Sublime)

Willamette Valley, Ore., $25

Wow! This lovely sparkler from an Oregon wine pioneer family bursts from the glass with flavors of ripe peaches and limes. Don’t look for the toasty complexity of champagne here — but be ready for effusive fruit and fine persistent bubbles to lift your spirits with the first sip. Certified B Corp. ABV: 11 percent. BW: 842 grams (Sparkling).

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