Ledson Winery

Oddly before I went to Ledson winery I have not yet heard of it. Upon arrive I realized what I’ve been missing. The winery grounds are stunning, acres of grapes surrounding this massive estate reassembling a castle. Who knew Sonoma had so many Castle like wineries. We didn’t have a reservation so we headed to the wine tasting room which was very rich with ornate wood and crown molding all around. We decided against doing a tasting and opted to purchase a few bottles and have a picnic. There is a store within the winery that has tons of picnic snacks and other fun wine related goodies.

In the back of the estate there is more vines, big trees that shade a few picnic tables. We sat there for over an hour eating, drinking and enjoying the fresh air.

As for wine I tried their:

2014 REDWOOD VALLEY ‘RICETTI LANE’ ZINFANDEL: $32

Stunning aromas of fresh ripe blackberry and raspberry draw you in. The palate is broad with warm blackberry, notes of vanilla, and a hint of cocoa, reminiscent of a delicious homemade berry pie. Leather and peppery spice give it a robustness with a unique, bold, and velvety finish.

2016 SONOMA VALLEY ‘FREY FAMILY VINEYARDS’ CHARDONNAY -$28

Brightly colored, it exudes pronounced aromas of Meyer lemon and white peach. Guava and green apple spill over the palate with a pure, bright mouthfeel and lengthy, refreshing finish of green apple and nectarine with a hint of biscotti.

Ledson for me was a hidden gem. It’s definitely a place I will visit again and bring friends and family so they can have their jaw drop too when arriving and seeing its beauty.

Wines That Enhance Your Thanksgiving Dinner

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches and your are buying all your groceries to start prepping your dinner don’t forget about a key element to the feast. WINE!

Below are some great wines that pair nicely with Thanksgiving cuisine.

TURKEY:

Cause let’s all be honest the bird makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving.

Baked turkey:

Pinot Noir –  characterized by their delightfully vibrant palette of juicy red and black cherry and berry fruit. This liveliness and juiciness will enliven and enhance the succulence of your baked turkey.

Gamay –  is a light-bodied red wine that’s similar in taste to Pinot Noir and very affordable.

Smoked Turkey:

Red Zinfindel (Also Happy Zinfindel Day!!) – the flavors of raspberry and sweet tobacco are an ideal match for rich darker or smoked turkey meat.

Syrah– Syrah should smell like a more peppery version of the holiday feast – warm spice, roasted meat thus being a great match for a smoked turkey.

Dry Turkey:

Sparkling Shiraz – beautiful sparkling red color that will not only juice up that dry turkey but looks great with it as well! Very festive!

Lambrusco – Very light and would go well with dry poultry. Lightly carbonated, not sweet and not acidic.

Fried Turkey:

Sparkling/Champagne – fried turkey is amazingly delish but will not pair well with the typically turkey wine. It needs something with high acidity to cut the fat and salt!

Side Dishes (my favorite part)

Forget the turkey for me bring on the stuffing and mashed tators.

Chardonnay – the buttery and creaminess of a Chardonnay yearns for mashed potatoes and gravy and that deliscious stuffing. When making your stuffing try adding some Chardonnay in the recipe (game changer).

Pies and desserts:

Riesling – The acidity in Riesling brings out the delicious baked flavors in apple pie. Riesling can even have notes of petroleum, complimenting the flavor of the flaky crust.

Port – look for a port wine with nutty character and creamy, caramel profile to help cut the spices in pumpkin pie. For pecan pie  go for a lighter-bodied port  with plenty of fruit and nutty nuances to bring out another side of the pecan pie.