Wine and Design for Thanksgiving

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One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is our annual afternoon wine tasting.  I am so in anticipation of it that I was inspired to start a new blog series called Wine and Design.  Though they may have been over-exposed a bit, I am still a big fan of Pinot Noir. Here are a few of my favorite pinots paired with a few Fall-hued rooms of the same description…

Kosta Browne’s Amber Ridge Vineyard is a classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, exhibiting rich texture, deep, rich fruits and baking spice.  It’s not unlike this rich and spicy design by Jeffrey Bilhuber.

Paul Hobbs Crossbarn pinot has dark ruby notes with ripe Bing cherry mixed with earth. Stephan Eicker was thinking about both cherry and earth inspirations when designing this dining room.

Frank Family Vineyards’ 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir has aromas that are inviting and abundant including aromas of cranberry-orange relish, strawberry coulis, and wild rose petals then moves into smoked meat, and forest floor. The palate is supple, refined, and multifaceted, beginning with a youthful expression of wild raspberries and cherry candy and then into a mid-palate boasting spiced cake with huckleberry sauce and ripe pomegranates, with a touch of anise throughout. While the impression is concentrated and bold, the tannins are reminiscent of suede, giving a long plush finish.

This rich and handsome description could have been written about the smokey and suede textured space above by Massucco, Warner and Miller Design that also is reminiscent of cranberry, orange, pomegranite and spice with a hint of forest.

Williams Selyem Vista Verde Pinot boasts ripe aromas of wild raspberry, green tea, mocha and spice.  A long sweet finish of boysenberry, wild flowers, minerality and silky-smooth oak help to complete this wine.  This handsome room also by Jeffrey Bilhuber pairs mocha, spice, oak and mineral tones for a cozy result.

David Bruce’s Carneros pinot displays rich dark cherry aromas accented with notes of violets and spice, supported by toast and faint smoke from the barrel. Designer Jay Jeffers had a similar success pairing cherry, violet, spice, toast and smoke in his own home.

I hope you’ll try some of these tasty reds for your Thanksgiving feast this year.  And to see more about Thanksgiving traditions, see my November Travel and Leisure feature.

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9 Responses to Wine and Design for Thanksgiving

  1. Great concept! I had used the same inspiration for designing tablescape moodboards for a client – very clever and great post Tobi! My fave has to be the room banded with the Paul Hobbs Crossbarn pinot noir =)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!
    😀 Lynda

  2. quintessence says:

    LOVE this wine and design – SO much fun. As you know, I love Pinot too and love the Williams Selyem in particular. I look forward to more of these fun pairings!

  3. What a creative posting idea, Tobi! You can’t really go wrong with anything that combines interior design with wine! Actually, come to think of it…. wine combined with almost ANYTHING makes a pretty fabulous pairing, yes?! 🙂

  4. Great idea Tobi. I hold Wine & Design events; Kimberly is right.. can’t really go wrong with wine “pairings”!! Always well received!

  5. Cherie Mixon says:

    Fabuloso Tobi! Wine and Design is a natural! Great inspiration comes to me from a warm fuzzy that brought on from a great wine sippin’!

  6. This post is very inspiring. I cant wait to see another series.

  7. Im really enjoying this series. Cant wait for another one.

  8. Two of my favorite things, wine and design. I’m going to really enjoy this series. Maybe you could include a price range for each bottle like 1 tassel for “under $15” up to 4 tassels for “I won’t be drinking that one” !

  9. What a fun post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.