Episode 52: Pilgrims Drink Too
Here in the UK Christmas decorations are already popping up on our hight streets and in shop windows in preparation for our only significant winter holiday. But in the states, Christmas still seems miles away. That’s because this Thursday, it’s all about turkeys and stuffing and pecan pie. And wine. With the arrival of Thanksgiving comes the inevitable onslaught of wine and turkey recommendations. So Whitney and I thought we’d cut through all the noise, get down to the basics and tell you what will be gracing our tables this Thursday (actually I’ll be drinking beer at a random Czech restaurant, but one can pretend).
I’ve just returned from the Rhône and discovered some seriously fresh and fruity wines that’ll go beautifully with turkey dinner. But they’re also totally gluggable on their own before the meal’s even started. Here’re some of my faves from my tastings in the Rasteau and Lirac appellations in the south:
Domaine des Escaravailles, Domaine Notre Dame des Pallieres ‘Les Ribes’, Domaine Pique-Basse, Domaine Beau Mistral, Domaine Martin, Domaine des Coteaux des Travers, Domaine Duseigneur, Domaine Maby ‘Nessun Dorma’
Just a few of the over 50 Rasteau wines I tasted in a sitting last week
Plus we bet you’ll never guess which feminine item a certain science-y leaning UK chef has been experimenting with….
We’re also talking World Records, namely one recently broken for carrying the most amount of wine glasses in one hand. It’s impressive, if a bit impractical.
Finally, does bad wine taste better at 20,000 feet? We explore what happens to our taste buds up in the air, and why sedatives, alcohol and flying should never mix.