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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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We had a quiet Thanksgiving dinner at home, just the two of us, but took advantage of the holiday to pull the corks out of a couple of wines a bit fancier than our daily fare ...

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 1993 Clos Windsbuhl Hunawihr (Alsace) Gewurztraminer ($25.99)
Clear gold color. Delicious litchees and grapefruit aromas. Full, unctuous and intense, fruit flavors follow the nose. Tart acidic structure and pleasant bitterness in a very long finish. Importer: Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, Calif.

FOOD MATCH: The flavors go nicely with roast turkey, especially the white meat, but the wine is so intense that it really overwhelms the food.

Foxen 1995 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir ($23.99)
Clear dark ruby. Ripe wild cherries and candied fruit aromas, the hallmark of Santa Barbara Pinot, so full and heady that it seems to fill the room. Big, tart wild-cherry fruit, soft tannins, lemony acidity. A brawny Pinot, delicious now but may improve still more with time in the bottle.

FOOD MATCH: The wine's tart and intense fruit demonstrates the "cranberry sauce principle," making a perfect match with both the light and the dark turkey meat.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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