I recently read an old Food & Wine magazine blog while digging for information on what wine to serve with my Thanksgiving turkey. Much to my fascination, the author made the point that it isn’t actually the turkey that one needs to consider when pondering the best pairing of wine. Rather, it is the jumble of side dishes that makes the process tricky.
Because turkey meat is somewhat bland, it is our habit to pile all the side dishes together, drenched in gravy, to eat as a big lump! Green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, brussels sprouts, stuffing with rosemary, thyme, and dried fruit all contribute to one unique “flavor flash mob” on your palate!
It is this dynamic that calls for one of the most versatile food wines there is—Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir. Dry rosés provide endless possibilities for pairing, with everything from salads to spicy rice dishes and a myriad of cheeses. Uniquely, dry rosés have the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red, allowing for countless dynamic pairings.
Toad Hollow is looking forward to the release of our 2016 Sonoma County, Eye of the Toad, Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir in December—just in time for the holidays, for the revelry of the New Year, and into the fresh and bright flavors of spring and summer foods.
Sonoma County Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir is always made in a very natural way, with minimal manipulation by the winemaker. Once Pinot Noir fruit is picked for sparkling wine and then pressed, we extract its beautiful pale pink juice. Since our rosé is made from fruit picked early for sparkling wine production, it always has lower alcohol levels and higher crisp acid levels.
Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult wines to make because of the delicacy of the flavors and the lower levels of color pigments. The same is true of rosés made from Pinot Noir. For this reason, very few rosés are made from this finicky variety. The resulting wine is delicate in texture but full of stone fruit and sweet spice flavors.
If this hasn’t yet tempted you to grab a Toad Hollow, Eye of the Toad, Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir for your turkey dinner, you’re invited to take a sneak peek as it makes its way to you!