Posted by: tinkande | November 24, 2009

One year ago…

Fall Foliage in VT, photo courtesy of Mom

One year ago this week we were running around frantically preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner for 19(!!!!) people.  Somehow we pulled it off with relatively few casualties, and it was such a blast.

This year, the tables have turned, and we are on the visiting team.  We’re heading to my roommate’s cousins’, and we’re in charge of the wine selection.  Well, don’t mind if we do!  We went shopping and tasting this weekend at our favorite local wine shop (The Wine Merchant in Raleigh) to stock up on some tasty selections. We’ll let you know how they turn out!  Here’s the lineup:

Not the Usual Suspects

Back Row (L to R):  2008 Valle Dell’Acate Il Frappato, 2008 Tierra de Luna Syrah-Malbec, 2008 Pierre Henri Pinot Noir.
Front Row (L to R): 2009 Cono Sur Viognier, 2008 Danubio Gruner Veltliner, 2008 Dr. L Reisling, 2007 Thomas Henry Meritage, 2007 Leese-Fitch Chardonnay, 2007 Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer, Dibon Cava and Riondo Prosecco

While we will miss the family that we can’t see this Turkey Day, we will be thinking of them all and we’re looking forward to spending this year’s holiday with some cousins my roommate rarely gets to see!

Here’s a look back at some of the dishes we made for our feast last year:

Roasted Turkey in brine
Make-ahead turkey gravy
Sautéed Brussel Sprouts
Apple Pie

Here are some great ways to use up leftovers:

Turkey Asparagus Alfredo
Turkey Enchiladas
Cranberry Swirl Cake

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



  1. Have a great turkey day! We’ll miss you, but we’ll have fun remembering some of our Thanksgiving adventures together.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Caitlin and EJ!!

    We went to the Bavarian Brathaus in Cary and I had the most excellent reisling. The wine list said it was “urban.” I googled it and found all the results confusing. I thought Urban was the name of the brand, but the google results made it sound like a kind of style of reisling……..

  3. Hi! I just found your blog by searching for the Pierre Henri Pinot Noir – my husband and I had it at a restaurant last night and loved it, couldn’t believe the price (in a good way!). I’m having trouble finding it at our local wine stores but good to know it’s out there…I’ll keep looking.

  4. Katie, we discovered the Pierre Henri Pinot at the Wine Merchant in Raleigh (and went back for another bottle after Thanksgiving:)
    It was imported to our area by:
    The Country Vintner, Inc
    Ashland, VA 23005


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