A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Trisaetum Vineyards 2012 J&A Frey Vineyards Estate Riesling, Ribbon Ridge, $24

trisaetum-estate-riesling-2012-bottleRiesling worshippers realize some of the Northwest’s top producers established vineyard sources in the region’s smallest appellation, and Trisaetum rapidly achieved cult status beyond Newberg, Ore., for its work with this noble white grape. James Frey creates two styles from each of his three estate sites, and here’s his off-dry version. It kicks off with whiffs of apple blossom, Asian pear, peach, apricot and jasmine. Luscious pineapple flavors are joined by apricot and Bartlett pear. On paper, the residual sugar is 2.5%, but the remarkable frothy acidity files down the hint of cotton candy and extends the fruity finish. Frey enjoys pairing it with this Slow-Cooked Spicy Asian Pork recipe.

Rating: Outstanding!

Pairing: This boldly dry Riesling will work with pork sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and dark turkey meat.

Production: 500 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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