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Thanksgiving Wine Picks, 2020

We're offering three Oregon wines as part of our Thanksgiving 2020 menu that we are excited to make available to our customers at a great value.

Bow & Arrow, Willamette Valley Gamay, $24
Crunchy red fruit with a savory herbal streak and juicy acidity

French Beaujolais is one of the great ‘Turkey-pairing’ wines. In France, Beaujolais is made from the Gamay grape and is prized for making complex, lighter-bodied wines. Scott Frank started Bow & Arrow in 2010 with an urban winery in NE Portland. Frank finds much of his influence in France’s Loire Valley (rather than Burgundy) and this is his 8th vintage of Gamay from top-flight vineyards in the Willamette Valley. We think it's his best one yet! Eminently chuggable and fresh, yet complex with crunchy red fruits and a savory herbal streak and juicy acidity. This might be Oregon’s ultimate ‘Turkey wine."

Day Wines, 'Queen D' White Blend, $19
Traditional Rhone blend of Roussanne/Marsanne, medium-bodied with lush stone fruit and citrus

Brianne Day in one of our favorite winemakers in the state and a force in the world of wine. Since her first vintage in 2012 she has been one of the ‘rising stars’ in the natural wine movement, focusing on unique, terroir-driven wines from the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon. This is a beautiful 50/50 blend of two Rhone Valley varietals, Marsanne and Roussanne from Cowhorn vineyard in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley- the best biodynamically grown vineyard in the region. Wildly aromatic citrus and honeysuckle give way to beautiful mandarin, peach and apricot flavors and a rich, full texture. This is a luxurious white that can stand up to salmon and white meats with ease.

Elephants Deli Eola-Amity Pinot Noir, $18
Ripe and round cherry fruit with loads of earthy spice and soft, approachable tannins

Our first house-label Pinot Noir, this was made by two expert winemakers: Jeff Katz of the Autumn Wine Co and Ehren Jordan of Failla wines. The fruit is from the Holmes Hill vineyard in the Eola-Amity AVA. This vineyard was planted in 1999 and is all non-irrigated (dry farmed) and hand harvested. The wine was aged in neutral oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. A bigger and richer style of Pinot Noir than many in the state, this offers the classic Oregon profile of bold dark cherry fruit with lots of peppery spice and juicy well-integrated tannins and a long finish.

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