Thanksgiving Wine Guide

T-minus to Turkey Day…

…and we are ready. As we are sure many of you (like us) plan your meal around your wine and not your wine around your meal, we would like to take a quick second to help put you into that wine moment they call Thanksgiving.

First of all, Thanksgiving is a long day no matter which way you braise it. So it is highly recommended to start the day off right with some bubbles. Toast your partner in crime. You know, the one who will be sharing kitchen time with you all day. The real party is in the kitchen, and bubbles should always kick off a party. Our recommendation this year is bubbles from Limoux, France. The monks at St. Hilaire were the first to develop sparkling wine, and had been making it for about 150 years before the region of Champagne started to take off. We recommend you try either Saint Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux or Faire La Fette Cremant de Limoux.

After 10am rolls around and the kitchen is starting to look like a place the dog is going to want to hang out in for the rest of the day, take a look at moving into still wines. It’s time to look at a a light wine with a refreshing quality. One that will hold up to the oven and the stove top cranking out high levels of BTUs. Time for a Sauvignon Blanc. And why not thank the region of Sancerre by drinking an elegant example of SB? We recommend you try either Domaine Serge Laport “Les Boursicottes” Sancerre or Eric Montintin Sancerre.

As the afternoon is welcomed in, filling your home with a hunger inducing bouquet of root vegetables, herbs, and a turkey cooking to crispy perfection, you can start to feel that everything is coming together. Enjoy the moment while you can, and pop open a red wine to will pair with that moment. We recommend a nice Pinot Noir. Perhaps a Dominio IV from Wilamette Valley, OR, or an Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast PN.

Voilà! The meal is ready – time to sit, eat, and drink with family and friends. Brotte Condrieau and Finca Museum Numerus Claususwill be on our table this year.

These are just our selections. Remember wine is of the moment and a part of the moment.  Enjoy whatever wine you choose and the occasion you will be sharing this Thanksgiving!

 
November Wine Club
Wine Club Members, speaking of a few incredible wines to enjoy this holiday, your gorgeous November selections are in! Stop by to pick them up if you haven’t already.We Do Events
We’d love to help make your next event special! Whether it’s delivering beautiful wine and refreshing beer to your door, or curating large and small tasting events with delicious food pairings, we’ve got you covered. Let’s talk party!

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Need a gift for your holiday host/hostess? Know where you can find the best gifts in town? We do! Just ask us! Unique wine, craft beer, gift baskets, wine club memberships, gift cards, olive oils & balsamics, artisan foods, t-shirts, and more! Beat the crowds, buy locally at great prices, and gift uniquely… Damn, you’re good.

Cheers, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Danielle & Craig

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November’s Wine Club

Hidden Trackers and WTFs (Wine Tasting Friends) –

Bienvenidos Novembre! Inspired by a quick trip to Spain in October, we knew we needed to share some of our adventures with our wine club members – via Spanish wines, of course. And what a deal we got on these amazing selections. If you were to purchase these two selections at regular retail, you’d pay nearly $60!

But before we share the details on that, we have an important policy update to share with you regarding club pickup. Check it our here, then let’s get back to Spain…

So what do we know about Spanish wines? Well let’s begin with the culture. That culture includes wine drinking. We won’t throw stats at you that show how many liters on average a person living in Spain consumes, but we will tell you that anywhere you go in Spain (restaurant, tapas joint, pinchos cafe, coffee shop, church, etc.), there’s likely to be at least two red options and one white option available for purchase by the glass. Red wines are consistently a Rioja or a Ribera del Duero. The white wine option lends a bit more variety, but more often than not you are offered an Albariño.

Wine Fact Break: Spain (much like the rest of Europe) is broken into geographical areas of control/quality. These areas are called Denominacion de Origen, or D.O. for the wine geeks. In order for a winery to put a specific D.O. (aka regional marketing stamp) on its label, it has to produce specific varietals grown within the designated region.

Wine Tip Break: If you are unsure of the red varietal you are drinking from Spain, just guess Tempranillo!

OK, back to the “wine culture”  of Spain, or just straight up life. So a priest and a rabbi walk into a tapas bar in Spain… And that literally happens every day, no joke! People of all cultures congregate into tapas or pinchos bars every day in Spain. This is where you meet for a late lunch or early dinner and have a conversation with someone while standing up, drinking a glass of wine and sharing a tapa. Each location specializes in a certain tapa – one might focus on making the most delicious mushrooms in garlic sauce, while another offers the best prawns, and another is killing it with their amazing potatoes. After you engage your palate at one location, you walk for a couple of minutes to anther location and repeat. Pretty amazing, right?

And with that, we bring you this month’s incredible Spanish selections:

Adegas Galegas D. Pedro Soutomaior Albariño
From an area in Spain that boasts one of the richest cultures of Carnival comes an Albariño that is perfect for any festive occasion. This Albariño comes from the Rías Baixas area in what is known as Galicia, Spain. This region is directly north of Portugal and hugs the NW coast of Spain. The grape is said to have taken up residence in Spain sometime around the 12th century. The wine is named after the feudal knight Don Pedro, who had a hand in establishing the Galicia area in NW Spain and Northern Portugal. There remains debate over whether or not Don Pedro was actually Christopher Columbus. Could the folklore be true?!

Bodegas Care XCLNT
WHOA…score! This selection offers a perfect blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Bodegas Care comes from the Spanish D.O. of Cariñena. This region was referred to as “Care” by the Romans, thus the inspiration for the name Bodegas Care. The philosophy of the winery is to mold ancient culture and wine practice with modern responsibility. Some of the vineyard sourcing utilizes vines that were planted before the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). All estate grown, with the label representing the history of the region through a modern face of wine making. Hang on to your hats with this wine. We cleared out ALL the remaining inventory in the US and had to wait for shipments to arrive from both the East and West Coasts – but we got it! This wine may never be available stateside again due to lower yields from its vineyard’s older vines and smaller bottle production.

Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo,

Craig & Danielle

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Wine Club Policy Update

Wine Club Members –

First, thank you for your business. It’s been amazing to witness the rapid growth of Hidden Track’s Wine Club. With our size has come some serious buying power, giving us the ability to negotiate incredible deals like the one we’re offering this month. Most of you rush through our doors to pick up your selections before we’ve even penned our pick up email – which is awesome because we’re just as excited to share the wine with you! We realize, however, that there might be some months where the best laid intentions for pickup might be interrupted by travel, holidays, work schedules, etc. That’s okay, too! But at 600 sf, we’re just not built to store your club selections indefinitely. And so, effective Dec. 1st, the following policy surrounding pickup will go into effect:

1. You are guaranteed your wine club selections if pick up occurs within three months of release.

2. After three months and before sixth months of release, you are welcome to pick up the selections if they are still available. If not, you will be issued a $25 store credit to spend as you please.

3. Selections not picked up within six months of release will be forfeited without refund.

Special arrangements can be made but must be communicated and agreed upon by Hidden Track Bottle Shop.

Obviously the first option is the only ideal option – the retail value of your club wines is far more than the $25 you pay, and we want you to enjoy them!

Feel free to give us a call or send an email with any questions. Otherwise, see you soon for Nov’s pickup! Cheers!

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