19 Thanksgiving Wine Recs for 2018 + Tasting 3 of Them

Hi everyone…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m sharing 19 different sparkling, white, rosé, and red wine recommendations for your Thanksgiving feast, while tasting 3 of those recommendations with you. The prices range from $10-$100+, so there should be something for everyone to love. Have a wonderful holiday…cheers!

Websites & other videos mention mentioned in video:

Wines mentioned in the video:

🍷2017 El Terrano Verdejo from Whole Foods — $12
🍷2017 Casillero Del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc — $10
🍷2014 Clarksburg Wine Company Chenin Blanc — $18
🍷2017 Matua Pinot Noir Rosé — $13
🍷2015 Vasco Urbano Norm Grenache — $42
🍷Penner Ash Wine Cellars Pinot Noir — $50-$75
🍷Sokol Blosser — $40-$70
🍷Beaujolais Nouveau — $10-15 (my video reviewing 3 different 2018 bottles can be found here)
🍷Domaine des Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais — $18
🍷2017 Meomi Pinot Noir — $20
🍷Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel
🍷Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel 
🍷Turley Wine Cellars Juvenile Zinfandel — $38
🍷Cameron Hughes Lot 636 Lodi Zinfandel — $13
🍷Cameron Hughes Lot 630 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel — $15
🍷Kunde Family Winery Zinfandel — $22
🍷Segura Viudas Cava —$9
🍷Gruet Blanc de Noirs — $17
🍷Albinea Canali Lambrusco “FB” Metodo Ancestrale 

Questions of the Day:

  1.  What did you end up drinking for Thanksgiving (since it’s likely that you won’t have a chance to comment until after the holiday)?
  2. Do you have other suggestions that I may have missed?

Casillero del Diablo: Halloween-Worthy Red Wines Under $20 (+ a couple of candy pairings)

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

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday. Today, I’m sharing my Halloween recommendations with you–the 2017 Casillero del diabloCabernet Sauvignon and the 2017 Red Blend, both of which I received as samples, and the 2016 Carménère, which I purchased on my own.  Cheers!

Wine mentioned in the video:
🍷2016 Casillero del Diablo Carménère — $10
🍷2017 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon — SRP $17
🍷2017 Casillero del Diablo Red Blend — SRP $12

Received as a sample.

An Evening with del Diablo

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

Photographing grapes in the vineyard at Sandford Winery

Photographing grapes in the vineyard at Sandford Winery

After spending July 4 weekend in New York City, Hubby and I worked for three days before heading to Santa Barbara for the 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference.  We were in California for 5 days, and I have a lot to share about the trip.  However, since life has just kept on zooming by, I haven’t had a chance.  Not to worry, though.  I’m working on the update.  In the meantime, as a teaser, this is a picture of me in the vineyard at the absolutely amazing Sanford Winery, courtesy of Andrea from Of Vines and Velos.

Hubby and I got back to DC (from California) late on Monday, July 14.  We had unexpected plane delays, which, when added to the time difference, made it very hard for me to get up the next morning to go to work.  Hubby, on the other hand, practically leaped out of bed.  While we were in Santa Barbara, he finished negotiating a new job offer, and Tuesday, July 15 was the big quitting day.

That Tuesday night, we had RiffTrax Live tickets, so the schedule felt particularly packed.  In a complete sidetrack, let me just say that if you’ve never seen RiffTrax…you should.  It’s commentary (well, more like heckling) by Mystery Science Theater 3000 comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett that accompanies Hollywood movies, television programs, and films.  The Riffers are set-up in a theater/comedy club with a live audience and a film crew.  While you can buy RiffTrax DVDs to watch at home, Hubby and I head to our local movie theater for the live broadcasts (through Fathom Events).  Sadly, the theater doesn’t serve food or alcohol, as it was the only thing missing from our latest RiffTrax adventure —Sharknado.  It was the best/worst thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

Tuesday was our last fun day of the week, as Hubby and I spent every other night that week and most of the weekend preparing for the real estate assessor to evaluate our space.  We’re in the process of refinancing our condo, and because I’m the Queen of Overbooking Our Time, I agreed to an appointment the following Monday morning.  Admittedly, we probably went a little overboard with our preparations, but we wanted to make sure everything was perfect so that we get our “magic number.”

2013 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Thursday, July 17 was shampooing-the-carpet and scrubbing-marks-off-the-walls day.  By the time I got home, Hubby was almost finished with the carpets.  After about an hour, I was done with my scrubbing.  So, we fell into our usual after work routine of chatting about our respective days while he made dinner and I opened up a bottle of wine to enjoy with what little was left of the evening.

The 2013 Casillero Del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (winery, snooth) is 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Casablanca Valley in Chile.  The wine was a clear, straw yellow, with a touch of effervescence.  On the nose, there were grapefruits with hints of peaches and gooseberries.  In the mouth, there were yellow grapefruits and peaches with hints of gooseberries and something grassy.  The wine had a light body and high acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At an SRP of $12, this is a good and affordable wine.  It would be perfect to drink outside on a hot summer day, particularly if you had a salad or a grilled fish to go with it.  Or, if you happen to see this wine while you’re out for sushi, I think it would be a very nice pairing.  All in all, my thoughts on this wine are similar to when I reviewed the 2012 vintage about a year ago — it’s simple, refreshing, and food-friendly, all while having a great quality-price ratio.

Question of the Day: If you own your own home, have you ever refinanced your mortgage?  Any tips to someone who hasn’t done it before?  Any wine that you enjoyed after you got the results (be them good or bad)?

Suggested Retail Price: $12
Received as a sample.
Overall: 3.5 Corks

Chilling with “The Devil’s Cellar” Sauvignon Blanc

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

Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc capLast week in DC was hot.  Like really hot.  It was the type of weather where I dread wearing a suit to work every day.  Of course, it was also a week packed with meetings, so trading in the suit for a lighter, summer dress was not an option.  Thursday was particularly rough because the heat and humidity made things so sweltering that the heat index was over 110.  It was not pretty weather.  It was brutal.  It was hellish.

After a day of bouncing around from meeting to meeting, and being thankful every time I walked out of the heat and felt the blast of cool air conditioning on my face, I headed to the metro to go home.  Anyone who has been in DC during a heat wave knows that the hotter the temperature, the more the metro system breaks down.  Thursday was no different.  I bailed on my first metro car because it had no air condition.  And, then, I was off loaded from the next train because of some train malfunction before I was finally able to get on a train that would take me home.  After all the heat, busy day, and metro drama, I was planning to bail on my plan to hit the gym for a treadmill run, but Hubby convinced me to go.  So, I did.  And, even though it wasn’t a great run while I was doing it, I was glad a went…and even happier when I came home, kicked off my running shoes, pulled on my compression socks, and opened a bottle of nicely-chilled white wine.

2012 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

The 2012 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (winery) is from the Casablanca Valley, Chile.  The wine was a pale lemon yellow.  On the nose, there was lemon zest, yellow grapefruit, and gooseberries with hints of green apples and thyme.  In the mouth, there were limes, yellow grapefruits, and hints of gooseberries, lemon zest, and thyme.  The wine had a light body and high acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At a SRP of $12, this wine is one that is not to be missed.  It’s light.  It’s refreshing.  It’s flavorful without being overly tart.  It’s food-friendly.  What else could you want in an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc?  Hubby made grilled tilapia with rosemary browned butter and roasted Brussels sprouts, and the pairing was very nice.  Overall, while it’s not quite as cool as actually being in “The Devil’s Cellar,” the Casillero del Diablo a simple Sauvignon Blanc that is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.

Question of the Day: I’ve received a number of questions about Sauvignon Blanc recently…do you have a favorite?  Are you a fan of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc?

Suggested Retail Price: $12
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks