Thanksgiving in October

***I received this wine as a sample***

While Saturday wasn’t a work-work day, it was a school-work day for me. As I’m approaching the middle of the semester, it means that I needed to finish my part of a group project, finish compiling research to write my term paper, and, of course, read the required text. Needless to say, it was a day of reading and note-taking. By the time 5:30 rolled around, I felt like I’d put in a full day’s work and was ready to have a good dinner, drink some tasty wine, and watch a trashy movie.

Since it was a weekend, I decided that it would be the perfect time to open up the 2008 Tapeña Verdejo that I received as a sample. The bottle came with a flyer suggesting that the Verdejo would be the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving feast, and since the weekend gave me time to be a little more elaborate with my cooking, I made a fake-Thanksgiving dinner for Hubby and me. We had roasted turkey breast, stuffing, broccoli medley, and homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. The dinner was definitely missing a sweet potato casserole and some pumpkin pie, but since it was only two of us, I didn’t want to get too crazy.

The 2008 Tapeña Verdejo (winery, snooth) was a bright, but pale-to-medium yellow color. On the nose, there were granny smith apple, gooseberry, peach, nectarine, and honeysuckle aromas, followed the slightest whiff of orange and honeysuckle. In the mouth, there were granny smith apple, white peach, and nectarine flavors, followed by a touch of fresh cut grass. The finish was slightly bitter and reminiscent of eating fresh parsley sprigs. The wine had a medium body and high acidity, which gave it a fresh, crisp feeling.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $9.99, it’s hard to say no to such a light and slightly different tasting wine. It paired extremely well with the Thanksgiving dinner, as it offered a refreshing change in taste that helped enhance the flavors of the dinner. On it’s own, the wine was just ok. The Verdejo had wonderful aromas that seemed to be missing when it came time to drinking. Pairing the wine with food really allowed the wine to have a solid supporting role in the feast without drawing attention to what I thought was a little lacking when I drank the wine on its own. Plus, the turkey dinner was really enhanced by the pairing.

Overall: 3.5

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