2012 Smasne Cellars Aligote, $17.99

I know what my Thanksgiving wine pick is going to be. I've always loved this Washington winery’s Aligote, and although turkey and lighter Chardonnays tend to be a pretty classic pairing, I thought it would be nice to recommend an alternative. In the Burgundy region of France, white wine means Chardonnay, the only exception being Aligote, a dry, aromatic white grape variety. It typically takes a back seat to Chardonnay there, but it can create a beautiful wine as well. Sparsely planted in Burgundy, it is even more scarce in the Northwest. but with its food friendly, racy acidity I decided it should replace Chardonnay for my turkey dinner. It was so delicious, unique and just fabulous. Full of a combination of lemon citrus and honeyed almonds, with a slight nutty undertone, it had the perfect mouth-feel. Without overpowering my simple roast turkey and potato dinner, it would be bold enough to stand up to stronger flavors, without stealing the show from lighter dishes. I loved it both on its own, and as my dinner's dance partner.
Gobble it up!