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Graff 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Di Majo Norante 2001 Terra Degli Osci (Molise) Sangiovese

More turkey wines

Your E-mail requests for tips on good wines to go with Thanksgiving turkey keep rolling in, so let's continue with this theme today as I offer tasting reports on two more affordable wines that should make a good match with the traditional autumn-holiday bird.

As a quick reminder, bear in mind that there's no need to fret about going badly wrong, no matter what you choose: Wine in general is a beverage made to go with food, and just about any combination will do. But as we discussed in Monday's article, for a turkey-and-wine match that really sings, think about the way that cranberry sauce works with roast turkey and seek a wine (either red or white) with a similar flavor profile: Fruity, yet tart.

Today's tastings offer your choice of a red and a white: An Italian Sangiovese from Molise on the Adriatic coast, and a German Riesling - in fact, the benchmark wine for this month's Wine Tasting 101 feature on WineLoversPage.com - from the famous Wehlener Sonnenuhr ("Sundial of Wehlen") vineyard on the Mosel.

Graff Graff 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett ($10.49)

Light greenish-gold in color, this Mosel Riesling offers musky-melon scents with an aromatic overlay of spearmint. Soft and slightly prickly on the palate, there's light sweetness and a pleasant taste of tangerines in the flavor, with crisp but not overwhelming acidity to provide balance. A mild October in the German wine regions reportedly brought exceptional ripeness in the 2001 vintage, and this modest example seems to show that with a rich combination of fruit sugars and relatively restrained acidity for a Mosel. U.S. importer: Valckenberg International Inc., Tulsa, Okla. (Nov. 16, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with roast pork ... or turkey.

VALUE: Fairly priced around $10.

Di Majo Norante Di Majo Norante 2001 Terra Degli Osci (Molise) Sangiovese ($7.99)

Very dark ruby. Caramel and brown sugar and mixed-spice scents seem a bit more up-front than simple, plummy fruit in an aroma that's pleasantly reminiscent of holiday fruitcake. Warm fruit is more evident in the flavor, though, with soft but sufficient acidity for balance. A simple, easy quaff. U.S. importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; Leonardo Locascio Selections. (Nov. 5, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Typical of wines in the quaffing style, it will go well with a variety of foods, from our random meatless choice - farfalle pasta tossed with broccoli, olives and feta cheese (from Cook's Illustrated) - to Thanksgiving turkey.

VALUE: Nothing fancy here, but then, neither is the price. Appropriate value.

WEB LINKS: The importer has a page about Di Majo Norante's wines at


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Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002
Copyright 2002 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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