The “sexiest wine on the planet” at Turkey Fest 2009

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For those of you who didn’t manage to get into Turkey Fest 2009, here are some highlights of what you missed. And if you didn’t make it this year, all of the wines are still available.

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Guests sampled more than 30 wines, each selected for its Thanksgiving food-friendliness.

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Thanksgiving is one of the hardest holiday meals for wine pairing: from the tart flavors of cranberry sauce, to the rich textures of sweet potato pie, to the perennial question, dark or white meat? You need a wide variety of wines for the Thanksgiving feast. And you need wines with bright acidity and natural fruit flavors to match the wide array of flavors of our nation’s favorite non-denominational holiday!

martin saahs

There were many great wines poured on Saturday but the hit of the event (and our #1 Thanksgiving recommendation wine) was the Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. That’s Martin Saahs, the eldest son of the Nikolai family, who was on hand to pour and talk about his wines with his companion Lisa (they are both students in New Orleans).

In 1971 Nikolaihof became the first European winery (not Joly in France, btw) to complete the 100% purification of its subsoils. You have to keep in mind that there is a big difference between “organic” farming and “biodynamic” farming. Organic farming employs sustainable practices and avoids pesticides and chemicals but biodynamic farming takes  it a step further: to obtain Demeter biodynamic certification, all chemical footprints must be removed from the soil — including runoff from other farms and residual traces of the industrial age.

Here’s what wine diva Alice Feiring had to say about her recent trip to Nikolaihof: “If you are in the Wachau, a visit here is demanded of you. You cannot pass go. You cannot. And what’s more, if you don’t book a table at their restaurant, you’re out of your mind.” Btw, Alice calls their Grüner “the sexiest wine on the planet.”

And here are her tasting notes for the Nikolaihof 2008 Hefeabzug Grüner Veltliner: “’08 NIKOLAIHOF HEFEABZUG — very fresh. apple. complex finish. vibrant. straight to the gut with no interference. silver and floral.”

The current release Grüner is $44 (retail) at Vino Vino and the Riesling is $60 (retail).

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