THE WINES TO BUY THIS THANKSGIVING: A GUIDE TO AMERICA’S UP-AND-COMING REGIONS
By: Lettie Teague, Wine Columnist – The Wall Street Journal
From Maryland Syrah to Rocky Mountain Riesling, exciting wines are turning up in
unexpected places thanks to intrepid American producers. Raise a toast to our nation’s
bounty with these off-the-beaten-track bottles
The famed frontier spirit of the men and women who helped settle the country we now
call the United States required courage and conviction and the willingness to leave the
familiar behind for worlds unknown—possible riches or possible ruin. It’s the same spirit
that drives so many American winemakers today, men and women who often risk all in the
hope of producing a world-class wine.
Consider these bottles from up-and-coming American wine regions for your Thanksgiving table
Gruet Sparkling Pinot Meunier $42: Native Frenchman Laurent Gruet began growing
grapes for Champagne-method sparkling wine just outside Albuquerque, N.M., decades
ago—a quixotic endeavor then and now. But this crisp, slightly herbal Pinot Meunier
sparkler is a first, produced in honor of the winery’s 30th anniversary.