VALHALLA, N.Y -- What wines go well with turkey? We turned to Adam Strum, editor and publisher of Valhalla-based Wine Enthusiast Magazine, for easy-to-find bottles worthy of your feast.
Even better: these vintages -- all priced under $15 -- are affordable crowd-pleasers that work as well with football games as they do for the main event.
- Bota Box 2013 Nighthawk Black: Very deep color, potent aromas and a dense, but velvety texture paint a bold picture for this full-bodied wine. It has the drama and flavor recalling an expensive red, without overpowering tannins or a high price."
- Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon: Cocoa, plum and vanilla aromas are followed by creamy-feeling blue-fruit flavors that display a mixture of fruit and barrel. The barrel influence is heavy, but it's delicious all the same.
- Quinta do Portal 2013 Mural Reserva Red Wine: Made from a blend of grapes, this is a serious and structured red wine that will need some aging. The tannins are solid, firm and show nice concentration on the palate," he explained. "At the moment, the ripe fruit that is there is buried under this tannic edifice. This fine wine needs time—enjoy from 2018.
- Blue Fish 2015 Sweet Riesling: Balanced sweetness and pure fruity freshness personify this surprisingly elegant bargain buy. The palate bursts of fresh pear, grapefruit and tangerine flavors accented by a glaze of waxy lemon peels. Bristling acidity leads a long, revitalizing finish.
- Louis Jadot 2014 Beaujolais-Villages: This Jadot is a combination of long-term contract vineyards and its Régnié Cru, demonstrating that knowing the terroir makes a difference. The blend shows well in this rich, full wine. It reveals ripeness—round and full of strawberry flavors from the 100 percent Gamay, with a tight layer of mineral acidity at the end.
Go HERE for Wine Enthusiast's complete list of 2016 Best Buys.