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Wines to pair with Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving with Frei Brothers guarantees you'll be in good company. So, welcome the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys to your table, where guests will swoon over these elegant wines. Start with a bottle of 2012 Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($17) to pair with popovers stuffed with goat cheese. Your guests are sure to love the vibrant, clean, lemon-fresh notes and rich minerality that comes from the terroir of Laguna Ranch, Two Rock Vineyard and MacMurray Ranch. Moving along to Frei Brothers 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($20), this a a lovely, elegant wine of perfection in its acidity, and pairs quite well with appetizers of substance, such as dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with almonds or cheese, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and broiled to sweetness. Or better yet, save it for dessert of apple pie to add a buttery flavor.

Reds you say? Frei Brothers Reserve 2011 Dry Creek Valley Merlot ($20) is an excellent wine to store for aging. For now, this intensely aromatic wine with its baking spice flavors and smooth liquid and smokiness would work quite well with Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner for those who enjoy red wines in particular. Or how about a bottle of Frei Brothers Reserve 2011 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($20), made with a commitment to sustainability (in fact, all of the Frei Brothers wines are made with sustainable practices). The zinfandel's all-spices only get better with the knowledge that this wine was made with the environment in mind. And in the heart of Northern Sonoma, the terroir produces Bordeaux-like wine sure to win over your guests. Add 4 percent petite sirah and you've got yourself a winner. So they did.

Bravo, Frei Brothers! And if you visit their website: www.FreiBrothers.com, you can link in to the tab, "In the Kitchen" for great recipes to pair with these wines.

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