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It all started with “Interesting” in the subject line. Owner Gene Pierce regularly sends out emails with marketing ideas, however this idea was truly “interesting” as it was something, collectively, we have never done before. The email pertained to an article discussing which wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. The question was raised of how we as three sister wineries: Glenora, Knapp, and Chateau, could join together to offer wines and potential pairing suggestions for Thanksgiving in a similar fashion.
The wheels started turning between our marketing teams, emails started flying, and shortly thereafter, the priority became deciding upon which wines to feature, as any pairings would surely fall into place after that. We put our heads together and the varietal that stuck was one that undeniably flourishes in the Finger Lakes and is known for its versatility and food-friendliness; Riesling.
Chef Orlando Rodriguez and Chef John McNabb jumped on the opportunity to provide recipes for the courses, in fact we had them before 5pm the day we requested them!
We hope you enjoy our collaboration of wine, as much as we did putting it all together. So, with that, we proudly present:
The holiday season is upon us and to celebrate we have teamed up with our sister wineries, Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant and Chateau LaFayette Reneau, to put the perfect pairing on your Thanksgiving table. Whether you’re in the Finger Lakes or beyond, our goal is to enhance your Thanksgiving celebrations, and what better way to do so than with wine – Riesling to be exact!
Ranging in style from bone dry to sweet, Riesling is an excellent wine to pair with a Thanksgiving feast. It can handle everything from salty appetizers to sweet potatoes to the main turkey dish. It’s high acidity helps to perfectly balance the richness of the meal.
Since it’s arguably a “star” wine of turkey day, we’ve come up with the Thanksgiving Turkey Trifecta: a combo pack of three gold medal winning Finger Lakes Rieslings from Glenora, Knapp, and Chateau, plus a recipe paired with each wine, that can be shipped directly to your home in time for your celebration, with a flat shipping rate of just $9.99! Alternatively, if you’re close by, each tasting room has the combo packs on hand ready to head out the door.
What’s in this combo pack, you might ask? First is Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling; a crisp Riesling pale gold in color with pineapple and honeysuckle aromas and a long, lingering spicy pear finish. It pairs delightfully with an appetizer of rich and creamy Butternut Squash Riesling Bisque (recipe included).
Moving on to the main course and the next wine in the pack, we have Knapp Winery’s 2013 Dry Riesling paired with Knapp Vineyard Restaurant Executive Chef John McNabb’s Lemon & Thyme Roasted Cornish Game Hens with a White Balsamic Apricot Glaze (recipe included). This elegantly balanced Dry Riesling exhibits clean peach-like aromas and is an ideal accompaniment to poultry dishes.
Lastly, with dessert, is Glenora Wine Cellars’ 2012 Select Harvest Riesling, Dalrymple Vineyard. A single vineyard, semi-sweet Riesling with fruit-forward flavors of apricots and ripe peaches with an elegant complexity interlaced with minerality found in great Rieslings. It finishes sweet with a moderately crisp acidity. Paired with this wine is a creamy Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake filled with delicious autumnal spices and topped with Coconut Whipped Cream, courtesy of Executive Chef Orlando Rodriguez of Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars (recipe included).
These three Rieslings on their own would wow family and friends, we’re sure of it, but add the paired recipes and you’ve got the whole package. Find the combo packs available online at this link, via phone at 800.869.9271, or visit any of the three tasting rooms to pick one up yourself. Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!
Tasting Room Locations:
Glenora Wine Cellars
5435 State Route 14
Dundee, NY 14837
Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant
2770 County Road 128
Romulus, NY 14541
Chateau LaFayette Reneau
5081 Route 414
Hector, NY 14841