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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Know What I'll Bringing this Thanksgiving!

festejar means "party!"
Domaine La Boheme, "Festejar," Sparkling NV
(PJ Wine, $17.47)

There are thought-provoking wines, wines to collect, wines that need time…need air, need love, need therapy…but this wine doesn’t need anything. No thought, no effort; just open, pour, drink, smile...

First, it’s got bubbles. Who doesn’t like bubbles? But these aren’t just any bubbles. The wine in front of us, the same one that is making us giggle—yes, giggle—with delight is 100% in-bottle fermentation. All the action, all the excitement, occurs beneath its cool, crown cap.

It’s also 100% Gamay—a red grape whose strawberry, minerals, and spice are always welcome at our table—at least when their expression is as pure as it is here...

But forget the lesson. Festejar is the Occitan word for “party,” which is exactly what this wine was born to do.

Strawberry, raspberry, pepper, spice...with fizz! This is soda for adults pure and simple...

Crack it before dinner and watch your guests wonder aloud about where you found this magical, fun, poptastic little sparkler that works as a dynamite aperitif.

So yes, this is a party wine—a before dinner wine—but then we got to thinking: wouldn’t this also be an amazing Thanksgiving wine? Thanks to the acidity and fruit, we’re pretty sure there isn’t an item at the family table—be it protein, starch, or even dessert—that wouldn’t go perfectly with the Festejar...

We know the Big Meal is a few weeks away, but keep this in mind when searching for the one wine at the table that everyone will love—wine geeks, novices, people who don’t normally drink wine, etc...

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