Now that it’s November, we can put away the plastic skeletons, rubber monster masks, finish off the candy corn and toss away the rotting pumpkin. Before you go jumping on the Christmas shopping and decorating bandwagon, take a chill and remember Thanksgiving. You know, that little holiday before Black Friday and Cyber Monday where you sit around a table with loved ones and relatives (not always the same thing) and give thanks, eat delicious food and drink equally delicious wines before stumbling to a comfortable chair to catch a football game, or if you’re like me, a really good movie.
My next three blogs will focus on the wines and movies to pair with this great, understated holiday. This week I will start with Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 from Amador County. It has been a couple of years since I tasted a Renwood Zinfandel and I must admit I was not terribly impressed, but with this 2013 from Amador, my faith was restored. Not only is this wine a fine Zinfandel, it even transcends the expectations I had. Because of the warm Amador climate there is plenty of big, bold, dried dark fruit like prune and raisin. There are also Dutch chocolate and vanilla laden oak notes with very smooth tannins. The finish lingers without overstaying its welcome. This Zin will have no problem interacting with the complexities of a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Probably one of the few, and certainly one of the best films centered around the Thanksgiving holiday is Trains, Planes, and Automobiles directed by John Hughes whose hit films from the 80’s and 90’s included The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Home Alone. Trains, Planes, and Automobiles is a comedy with Steve Martin as a poor soul trying to get home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Aside from being hilarious with classic scenes from the late-great John Candy, the film also has the distinction of being partially shot in Western New York. Some scenes were shot in Batavia and others shot on the Route 219 expressway.