Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, so now is the time to think about which wines you’ll want to have on hand. It’s always a good idea to have light- to medium-bodied whites chilled as some can work well as aperitifs before the meal and also as a pair with turkey and sides. Look for fruity whites that are unoaked or just slightly oaked. The following are two very popular white blends from Oregon and California.
Sokol Blosser 2019 Evolution Lucky No. 9 White Blend, Oregon
Bought • Costco, 4200 Rusty Road, in October for $11.99
Description • Introduced in 1998, this unique blend has continued to be a big seller and high-scoring wine over the years. An aromatic combination of nine grapes including muscat, chardonnay, gewürztraminer, pinot gris and riesling, this is an off-dry white that’s relatively low in alcohol at 12%. Light- to-medium bodied, it’s a crisp, clean, slightly sweet wine that tastes of pineapple and other tropical fruit. This is a fun, refreshing wine that would also be great with spicy Asian cuisine.
Wagner Family of Wine 2019 Conundrum, California
Bought • Costco, 4200 Rusty Road, in October for $12.99
Description • First created in 1989, Conundrum is a blend of a number of white grapes that include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, sémillon, muscat and viognier. This white is dry, but not bone dry, and it’s bigger in body and more serious than the Evolution. It’s also higher in alcohol at 13.4%. A lush white wine with a rich mouthfeel, it tastes of stone fruit and melon and a touch of spice from just a bit of oak. It ends with a long, citrusy finish. A natural with turkey, it would also go well with seafood in cream sauce.