If you really need some local wine recommendations for your own Thanksgiving table, here are some of the Long Island wines that stood out during our tasting (The Last Thanksgiving Wine Story You Will Ever Need):
Anthony Nappa Wines 2012 “Bordo” Cabernet Franc: The 2014 is available now, but the older vintage has never tasted better. The savory green edges and the fresh, lively mouthfeel stood out with the stuffing, the turkey and even the Brussels sprouts.
Southold Farm + Cellar 2014 “Flying and Falling” Cabernet Franc: More overtly fruity than the Nappa, this wine is a bit plusher and mouth-filling, but with a nice herbal streak and fresh acidity.
Macari Vineyards 2015 “Early Wine” Chardonnay: We tasted a tank sample, but it should be released well ahead of Thanksgiving (Editor’s Note: It’s out and you can read about here.) A bit drier than last year’s edition, it’s a burst of citrus and green apple and as fresh-tasting as wine comes.
Paumanok Vineyards 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling: I typically like just a touch of sweetness in my Thanksgiving whites — it helps with well-spiced dishes and is always popular with my friends and family. This riesling was terrific with the turkey.