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Californian Thanksgiving Wines with Cafe Europa

Bethann from Cafe Europa is here showing some Californian favorites and an Oregon star. There's a little something here for everyone around the Thanksgiving table, and everyone will need a little wine as conversation turns to politics and you start running for the Canadian border. 

2015 Eric Kent, 'Renee's Cuvée' Sauvignon Blanc - Sonoma Coast, CA ($37)
The label says Eric Kent, but there is no Eric Kent. “Eric” is owner Kent Humphrey’s middle name and “Kent” is his first name. Kent grew up in California and pursued a PhD in French at the University of California, Berkeley, while "minoring" in wine drinking. After years in advertising, he began making wine (as is the natural course of career progression, right?), and man, are we happy he's not designing billboards anymore. His wine is so darn good! This Sauvignon Blanc blew me away!  It has wonderful freshness and vitality, and errs on the side of exotic floral notes instead of grassiness. You are going to love it, too.

2014 Poppy Chardonnay - Santa Lucia Highlands, CA ($14)
A fantastic value Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Poppy is located in Monterey wine country and run by the Silva Family. The Silva’s named their winery after the poppy flowers growing alongside their vines. Fresh and elegant with notes of melon, peach pit and lemon zest, this Chardonnay is a must for your Thanksgiving guests. 

2015 Eric Kent, Sonoma Coast Rosé - Sonoma Coast, CA ($23)
Kent's rocking rosé - a blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache - tastes like strawberry short cake with some sort of cinnamon and clove spice finish. Plus the artwork on the label is just as beautiful as the wine!

2014 Pietra Santa 'Route 152' Pinot Noir - Central Coast, CA ($15)
Winemaker Alessio Carli brings a rare blend of traditional Italian expertise and modern California sensibility to his winemaking at Pietra Santa. Route 152 is made from estate vineyards located in the northern tip of the Central Coast appellation, 25 miles from Monterey Bay, sitting atop rugged hills, rocky soils, and a cool, maritime climate – perfect conditions for growing quality Pinot Noir. With vibrant flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries, this Pinot Noir has forward fruit with nice acidity and a subtle earthiness on the finish.

2012 Grochau Cellars, Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, OR ($40)
Grochau Cellars is the project and passion of John and Kerri Grochau. They use minimal intervention and go easy on the oak. Bjornson Vineyard is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and the vineyard sits at an elevation of 530 ft. For this 2012 Pinot Noir, 25% of the barrels are new, 25% are used, and the remaining 50% are neutral oak. The wine is aged in barrel for 18 months sur lie, on its lees, giving the wine weight and texture. Think cedar and dried cranberry fruit notes, with a dry and extra-long, elegant finish.

Earlier Event: November 12
Hogshead Hodgepodge!
Later Event: November 19
French Turkey Day Wines with MISE