As the fog began clearing from this week’s political storm, I realized I have just two weeks until Thanksgiving. Wine is more vital than ever at this year’s event. As I told my husband, “Thanksgiving is way too close after the election for us to host a peaceful event.”
I love a good feast, but for me, the wine is what makes the experience. From the sparkling that accompanies the Macy’s Day Parade to the al fresco post-feast cigar where we pour from any nearby bottle, we enjoy wine throughout the day. In year’s past, I’ve scoured the magazines and stared at store shelves trying to make my wine choices—which is just silly. This year, I’m on a path to taste the wines that I’ll feature on this special day. Here are some of the best places to do this:
Wine Club On Friday, Nov. 18, Wine Club in Santa Ana will host a “Champagne Extravaganza,” pouring 30-plus sparklers from around the world to taste for $50. I need to find a great post-Turkey Trot bubbly, and I love sparkling rosé on the Thanksgiving table. theoriginalwineclub.com
Moulin On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Moulin in Newport Beach will host a tasting of 6 to 8 French wines they recommend pairing with your Thanksgiving dinner. For $49, I can sip spectacular wine a la francaise, nibble on bites from the Moulin kitchen, and plan my feast without the bustle of kids and cat poking at me. moulinbistro.com
Colony Wine Merchant This neighborhood wine bar and retail shop in Anaheim has been on my radar for months. They celebrate and spotlight family-owned vineyards like my favorite Stolpman Vineyards of Ballard Canyon. From the current menu, I want to try the Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon and Cosentino Cabernet Franc. colonywinemerchant.com.
Five Vines Wine Bar This family-owned wine bar and shop has become a mainstay in San Juan Capistrano. From the “free local wine delivery” to their selection of wine gifts, to give, Five Vines is a true neighborhood joint. Of the 60-plus small-lot boutique wines poured, I know I’ll experience the perfect pinot noir or beaujolais to pair with our bird.
And lastly—knowing that time to enjoy a glass and chat with wine staff could be limited—I’ll experience two great shops offering wines on tap: OC Wine Mart in Aliso Viejo (ocwinemart.com) and Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa (hitimewine.net). I’m prepared to taste dozens of wines in search of a riesling and rioja.