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Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Greg


Wine For The Season (And Any Other)

With Thanksgiving only a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start planning the menu! And whether you’re going to host the big feast at your place or heading to the in-laws, it’s best to have a few bottles of wine on-hand for the festivities.

The most common problem with bringing a bottle- or preparing a menu of vino to go along with a big meal- is trying to figure out how to pair, or guess what wines might be welcome. Which is why it’s best to get a flexible wine that can go with a variety of foods, along with a dark red or sweet white that will work nicely with just about anything. Two of today’s wine options fit the former category, while a third sits nicely in the latter.

The Conundrum 2012 vintages- red and white, both from California- are the latest in this long-running series of interesting proprietary blends, notable for their non-traditional flavors (and secretive origins). The white tilts towards bold, a little sweet and bright, with a bit of sparkle and a hint of citrus. There’s some peach, and maybe some Sauvignon Blanc and some Moscato, and it’s an easy-drinking party pleaser. The red is a versatile winner, drinkable by the glass, and a good bet for those who aren’t snobs but who have gotten bored of the typical Malbec. Some of the flavors are usual- chocolate, red berries- but the balance is great, without any smoke, leather, tar, or anything too distracting. Neither of these might wow connisseurs, but should confuse them, and you can keep your secret safe. Available for around $20/bottle (white) or $22/bottle (red).

Continuing with the California theme, let’s look at a single varietal wine, via the sister winery Meiomi and their 2012 Pinot Noir. The name comes from the word “coast” in the language of the native Wappo tribe, and the grapes are grown in Monterey, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara counties. It’s an unusual combination- three very different appellations- but the results are a little more finished, more even, if a little less distinctive than your normal Sonoma Pinot Noir. They mention apple and cherry cola in tasting notes, which feels accurate, though we also liked the almost creaminess, a richness that is more common to Cabs, and a buzzy quality that made this one memorable (if a bit harder to pair than the Conundrum). We liked this one quite a bit, a newcomer to our palates, and one we look forward to trying in the future. Runs about $22 per bottle.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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