that are no longer with us, as they are
a large part of the reason we are who we are. Miss you, Mom. I am also thankful for
the wineries, for always giving us the goods which are almost always part of any
memorable celebration - the wine.
At this time of year, it's important to give thanks
to the proper folks. The easy ones to remember
are to those you believe in, both spiritually and
human. But as you enjoy that special wine that
brings you all together, I especially remember
two other sets of folks.
I pause and raise my glass to remember those
I am thankful for André
Tchelistcheff, also known as the Maestro of Beaulieu
Vineyards fame, and mentor to so many winemakers, without whom the domestic
wine industry today would not be as great or as promising.
I am thankful for the Pinot Noir, a most versatile grape. This Burgundy blessing is
as wonderful as a still wine, and finds its presence equally impressive in Blanc de Noir (French for 'White of Black) Sparkling wine and Champagne. There is always a spot at
my table for this special guest.
I am thankful for these wineries, for producing excellent Pinot Noir still wines with
great price points. RiverBench's 2008 Mesa Pinot Noir, Domaine Carneros' 2007 Estate
Pinot Noir (including their winery-only Famous Gate), Ceja Vineyards' 2006 Carneros
Pinot Noir, J Vineyards' 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, Sierra Madres' 2007
Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Artesa's 2008 Pinot Noir Limited Release.
I am thankful for the sound of a cork, both for still and sparkling wines, with the
popping sound bringing all eyes to see what wonderment has just been unveiled. I
hear that sound and just have to know!