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Credit: Katharine Schroeder

I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving-friendly wines lately – not because I stress much about what wines to enjoy with my family on my favorite of holidays, but because I just organized a tasting with a handful of local winemakers and wine industry folks to see what wines do work best with a traditional turkey dinner.

You’ll have to wait until my story in the northforker  holiday guide for the full report, but I asked my little tasting panel to bring wines that they like on Thanksgiving or wines that they thought would work well. Out of 20+ wines, there was only one rosé – a savory, unique little number from Vermont of all places.

I was surprised. I drink a lot of rosé this time of year. It straddles the line between summer white wines and cooler-weather reds and it really is among the most versatile wines on the table too.

And that brings us to our wine of the week: Anthony Nappa Wines 2014 Anomaly ($20). Nappa makes this pinot noir like a white wine, pressing the juice after the grapes are picked without any skin contact (which is what imparts color to red wines). Nappa doesn’t really consider this a rosé, preferring to label it a white pinot noir. Some years this wine is slightly pinker than others, but I consider it a rosé regardless of color because of how it drinks — like a rosé.

Made with pinot noir grown both in the Finger Lakes and on Long Island because Nappa thinks that “a combination of New York’s two most prominent winegrowing regions complements each other and brings nice balance to this wine” it offers a nose driven by strawberry aromas with a bit of cherry fruit and an earthy, dried autumn leaves vein.


Macari Vineyards 2010 cabernet franc

Macari Vineyards No. 1 cabernet franc

Raphael 2014 First Label sauvignon blanc

Lenn Thompson