Quick Pour: Turkey Day White Wine Alternatives

91 Bott Frèses Gewurztraminer Traditional 2012
(A.O.C. Crémant d’Alsace, Alsace, France)
One of the most fragrant Gewurztraminer I have ever had, boasting super aromatic lychee, mango, peach and smooth overtones of fresh, white floral. While the palate starts with crisp minerality and almost a hint of effervescence, the medium bodied white smoothly coats the palate with honeysuckle, subtle spice, fresh honey, lychee and tropical fruit finishing with sweet spice, mineral and hints of white stone fruit. Beautiful in every sense of the word!

Price: $14
ABV: 12.6%

89 Groundworks (Sans Liege) Grenache Blanc 2014
(Paso Robles, California, USA)

The bouquet is beyond words with teasing notes of white stone fruit, tea leaf, lilac and citrus blossom. The palate is delicate, yet spunky with fresh, tight lemon zest, rosemary, candied pineapple and a wet rock and mineral driven finish.

Price: $16
ABV: 13.6%

88 Groundworks (Sans Liege) Grenache Blanc 2013
(Paso Robles, California, USA)

White tree fruit and pear with wet stone, light floral and lemon square aromas while the palate shows off candied citrus, ripe pear, peach blossom and balanced acidity. The mouth is smoothed out with round structure and balanced acidity. The finish leaves behind some tantalizing tropical nuances all built on a solid mineral based foundation, with teasing notes of Meyer lemon stepping out from the shadows from front to back. At this price point, I challenge you to find something similar within $10 to $20 of this $16 price point that shows off the classiness of this Rhone style white.

Price: $16
ABV: 13%

88Lava Vine Chenin Blanc 2013
(Napa Valley, California, USA)

Citrus zest backed by fading nutty undertones on the nose leading to a palate with a clean, mineral base, citrus overtones, hints of crisp apple and tropical notes and finishing with bright, zesty acidity.

Price: $29
ABV: Not Available

87 Chateau Grand Traverse Laika Grüner Veltliner 2013
(Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan, USA)

Bright acidity and heavy mineral character dominates this Michigan Grüner. Faint notes of crisp, green apple that are almost cider like in flavor with a slightly tart, lime character and racy acidity finishing clean, crisp and bone dry.  Pairs great with a Sushi feast, if the Turkey is too traditional for you.

Price: $17
ABV: 11.7%

87 Domaine du Moulin de Dusenbach Reserve Muscat 2013
(Alsace, France)

Gorgeous nose featuring bouquet perfume, tropical lychee, mango and super floral with a near bone dry palate showing firm acidity, nice balance and overtones of minerality that blanket hints of tropical fruit and light spice. An amazing Muscat – yeah, I said it!

Price: $8
ABV: 12%

86 Westport Rivers Winery Cinco Cães 2014
(Massachusetts, USA)

Explosive on the nose with tropical notes bursting from the glass adding in notes of nectarine. The palate is off-dry with white stone fruit powering through the mid palate and finishing warm with ripe, summer peach lingering well after the finish. (Blend of 45% Rkatsiteli, 24% Pinot Noir, 7% Muscat, 12% Pinot Gris, 12% Gruner Veltliner)

Price: $18
ABV: N/A

85 Rosemont of Virginia Winery Pinot Grigio 2014
(Southern Virginia, Virginia, USA)

This estate grown Virginia Pinot Grigio boasts a clean mineral driven palateaccented by wet rock and shows off its lime and citrus blossom core. It is capped by a lean palate structure and bone dry, clean and crisp finish.

Price: $18.95
ABV: 13%

85 Scribe Winery Sylvaner 2012
(Sonoma County, California, USA)

Light, crisp and somewhat tart showing off lime and lemon zest built on a solid core of minerality and a delicate, clean and fresh finish.

Price: $38
ABV: 11.5%

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