A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Gamache Vintners 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30

gamache-vintners-logoHere’s one of the few wines Charlie Hoppes — Seattle magazine’s reigning winemaker of the year — built for these longtime friends that hasn’t won a gold medal in 2013, and we don’t understand why. It carries aromas of smoked bacon and ground savory with loads of poached plum, blueberry and orange oil behind. The fluid provides a smooth texture with blackberry, plum and black cherry flavors. In the background, there’s a sense of gaminess amid the structure of bittersweet chocolate tannins, good acidity and dried strawberry in the finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Pairings: This is a bit on the hedonistic side for Thanksgiving, but we like it with the richer side of the meal, including stuffing and smoked or barbecued turkey.

Production: 302 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%


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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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