These five wines will see you through the holidays


Here are five delicious wines that will complement your Thanksgiving feast - or any dinner party for that matter: We have two outstanding sparkling wines from Oregon, a delightful pinot blanc from Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula, a surprising pinotage from Mendocino and a rich syrah from California's Central Coast.

Roco Winery, RMS Brut 2013

3 stars

Willamette Valley, Oregon, $66

This is a splurge-worthy sparkling wine from Rollin Soles (the RMS of the wine's name), the winemaker who established Argyle as Oregon's leading bubbly producer before launching his own winery. The RMS Brut is bright, fruity and complex, with its structure suggesting it will age well, if you can keep your mitts off it. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.

GREAT VALUE

Argyle Vintage Brut 2014

3 stars

Willamette Valley, Oregon, $26

The standard-bearer of Oregon bubbles is still going strong. This wine is bursting with berry and red currant fruit, and a focus that establishes it as one of the best U.S. sparkling wines. ABV: 12.5 percent.

GREAT VALUE

McNab Ridge Pinotage, The Napoli Vineyard 2014

3 stars

Mendocino County, California, $19

Here's pinotage, South Africa's signature red grape, making an extraordinary California wine. This tastes rather like a cross of pinot noir and zinfandel, and it is simply outstanding. This would be a great California wine for your Thanksgiving feast. McNab Ridge is the latest winemaking incarnation of the Parducci family of Mendocino fame. ABV: 14.4 percent.

GREAT VALUE

McPrice Myers, Right Hand Man Syrah 2014

2.5 stars

Central Coast, California, $20

Opulent, ripe and sweet with blackberry and cherry fruit flavors and a velvety texture, this syrah calls for rich foods. The alcohol is a bit high, but the fruit balances it well. This wine actually tastes better the day after it has been opened, so I suggest decanting it a few hours before dinner. ABV: 15 percent.

Left Foot Charley Pinot Blanc 2016

2.5 stars

Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan, $22

I love this winery, which shows Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula at its best. The pinot blanc is racy and vibrant with an electric balance of fruit and acidity. It's delicious by itself and pairs well with seafood and white-meat dishes. ABV: 13 percent.

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Three stars exceptional, two stars excellent, one star very good

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Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.


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