A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Michelle NV Extra Dry, Columbia Valley, $14

michelle-extra-dry-sparkling-wine-bottleBest Buy! Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ longtime bubble man Rick Casqueiro make this delicious off-dry aperitif that’s ideal to take along to a holiday open house. The methode Champenoise blend of Chardonnay (63%), Pinot Noir (19%) and Pinot Gris gently tickles the nose with hints of cotton candy, pear, pineapple, caramel, baked bread and clove. It’s softer, gentler and more for the masses than many sparkling wines, bringing flavors of ripe pear, Golden Delicious apple and dried pineapple. There’s a bit of residual sugar at 2.2%, yet there’s plenty of acidity in the finish.

Rating: Excellent

Pairings: A great meal starter, this off-dry bubbly also will appeal to most palates. Enjoy with stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey.

Production: 25,000 cases

Alcohol: 11%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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