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CELLAR CLUB NOVEMBER 2019

CELLAR CLUB NOVEMBER 2019

 November 2019 Cellar Club
In some ways, choosing a single wine for Thanksgiving dinner is difficult, given the great variety of foods and flavors. There are sweet and rich yams, tart cranberries, buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing made with any number of ingredients, and spiced pumpkin pie for dessert! You may want to serve a little of several different types of wine so guests can taste a wine with each dish. Or you may want to pick one good all-purpose wine.
The most important consideration is the wine's taste, how it complements what you're serving, and what you like. This month our cellar club members can enjoy two different wines that will be welcome on any Thanksgiving table!
Wine Pick #1:
2017 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc
Paso Robles, CA 
Born in 1989 on a rocky bit of land west of Paso Robles, the celebration of the Old World and the New began as legendary Rhone Valley Chateau de Beaucastel joined forces with Robert Hass of the importer Vineyard Brands fame to craft Rhone-inspired wines from the heart of California.  The union extends into the very earth itself in that cuttings from Beaucastel's estate vineyards are the source for a vast majority of the vines of Tablas Creek.
Following the centuries-old Southern Rhone tradition of blending, their wines exemplify balance, elegance, complexity, freshness, and minerality.
The wines of Tablas Creek are the very definition of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
 
Wine Pick #2: 
2016 Chateau La Couranconne
Gratitude
Cotes du Rhone Villages
Plan de Dieu, Rhone Valley, France
In the Middle Ages, when crossing this vast bandit-infested "forest" of scrubland known as the Plan de Dieu, you were taking your life into your hands.  All you could do was commit your soul to a higher power. Today, the banditry involves stealing enough fruit from each low-yielding vine to create red wines of incomparable power and finesse. The Plan de Dieu or God's Plan is, arguably, THE finest terroir for Southern Rhone reds, enabling wines with the richness of fruit, stony backbone and that quintessential floral-perfumed aspect known as garrigue.  It is here that the overblown, fashionably modern wines of the south meet their match. 
CHEESE PAIRING OF THE MONTH:
Orb Weaver Creamery Farmhouse Cheese
One of the most common questions we get asked is "what type of cheese is Orb Weaver?" The answer is that Orb Weaver is an original, American farmhouse cheese. Marjorie and Marian created an iconic cheese that could fit within their busy days of milking cows, growing vegetables, and running a diversified farm. In the way old-world style cheeses were developed, they created a cheese that could fit within their lifestyle. And until this year when the torch was passed to Kate & Zack, no other hands had ever made Orb Weaver.
Moister than cheddar, Vermont Farmhouse Cheese has a natural buttery color and smooth, creamy texture. It is delicious off the wheel with wine, melts beautifully to complement any recipe, brings grilled cheese sandwiches to new heights, and distinctively tops nachos and pizza. 
Also, check out our delicious and easy
Recipe of the Month:
Leftover Turkey Sandwich with
Cranberry Sauce

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