Thanksgiving Wines & Turkey Tips

by Laurie on November 23, 2013

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Sips of the Week Tim Riley, Beverage Director at Fleet Street Kitchen, joined us to talk about three of his wine picks that need to be on your Thanksgiving table! Baltimore native, Tim brings an intense passion for beverage service and an extensive knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits to his position at Fleet Street Kitchen. An honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Tim has worked all over the East Coast. Sparkling – Andre et Mireille Tissot Cremant du Jura, France $24.99 Winemakers Notes: Biodynamic viticulture – think organic on steroids…Made with 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% from a combination of Poulsard and Trousseau; two local red varieties. This “Extra Brut” is a seriously good Crémant du Jura with excellent juicy fruitiness and length of flavour. White – Red Newt Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2011, Finger Lakes, NY $14.99 Winery Notes: Riesling is the flagship wine grape variety of the Finger Lakes, and truly shines when balanced with a touch of sweetness. Crisp and aromatic in the glass, Red Newt Semi-Dry is the ultimate expression of the Finger Lakes style. Bursting with layers of ripe pineapple, starfruit, kiwi, and mango, the palate is an expression of the perfect climate for Riesling. Subtle sweetness up front is delicately balanced for a clean, fresh finish, and is ideal for flavorful, spicy cuisine. Red – Potel-Aivron Julienas ’10 $19.99 Winemakers Notes: Once again, Stephan Aviron is sourcing his Julienas from two well established growers in the appellation of Julienas. In both plots vines average over 50 years. Soils are also consistent and are made up primarily of granite stones, sand and chalk.  Grapes are vinified separately until time for the final blending and bottling. The must is macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for 12-15 days and then aged for 12-14 months in a combination of new and used oak casks. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at Wine Sandwich Chef Michael Forster joined us to answer your Turkey cooking questions! Laurie’s better half Chef Michael studied at The Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed at Le Cirque, in New York City where he learned traditional French cooking from basic sauces to intricate plate presentation. Over the last decade, Chef Forster has held positions in some of the country’s top restaurants including Osteria del Circo in New York City, Hampton’s at Baltimore’s Harbor Court Hotel and, now, as full time private chef. Check out Chef Forster’s Stuffing Muffin Recipe and his video on How to Carve a Turkey. Upcoming Events Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show all about delicious BACON! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

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