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.