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Monday, November 29, 2010

Wine Lover's Cape Cod Thanksgiving

 Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings

Thanksgiving is about family and friends. Jan and I do not have family near us at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, but we do have great friends who joined us for a wonderful thanksgiving dinner and some great wines. Frequent guests at our Inn, Pricilla and Bob from Saratoga NY, now considered old friends, came to stay for the three day Holiday. New neighbors, Marva and Bill, now considered new friends, also joined us for the evening. We all share a passion for good wine.

We started the evening at the Inn with Scharffenberger Cellars’ sparkling wine from Mendocino, CA. As I have said before, it cannot be Champagne if not but from Champagne, France, but this sparking wine sure met my cork popping and lively bubble criteria. I have liked this wine for years even though it is not as well know as some other California sparkling wines. New guests from New York City shared a toast with us on their way out to dinner. A joy of being an Innkeeper is meeting new guests and introducing them to other guests and our friends, who often gather around the fire at Inn, most likely with a good glass of wine being shared.

We made our way to the Belfry Bistro for our Thanksgiving dinner; the first Pilgrims would have envied us that night.The owner, Chris, joined us for the last seating of the evening and the feast began. Since we had already started with a white wine at the Inn, we went immediately to a red. We broke away from some traditional paring logic and instead just selected some of our favorite wines. I selected a newfound favorite, the ZD Wines 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart of the Napa Valley. It pared well with the first course of Vanilla Scented Pumpkin Soup with Cornbread Croutons and the second salad course of Organic Autumn Greens with Roasted Parsnips and Vermont Alpine Cheese.

With our main course of Cider Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, we went a little more traditional with a Point Noir. Marva, who grew up in Oregon, selected a wonderful Alexana Winery 2007 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyards form the Willamette Valley. I have had many great Oregon Pinots, but had never tried this one; it was the perfect match for an unbelievable main course.

When you think it couldn’t get any better, I finished the meal by selecting the most sinful dessert: Warm Chocolate Goo Cake, Fudge Ice Cream, with Raspberry Flavors. Chris’ wine choice was a great Cakebread Cellars 2007 Dancing Bear Ranch, a wonderful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from the Howell Mountain area of Napa Valley. This wine is a treat anytime, but was the icing on the cake, so to speak, for me as it magnified the flavor experience of my chocolate delight.

So, all in all, I would say it was a perfect Thanksgiving, great food and wine shared with wonderful friends. Since my search to find great wines to serve guest at our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast never stops, I also discovered a great new Pinot Noir to consider. To participate in the fun, consider joining us at the Inn next Thanksgiving or we also have some great Christmas and New Year Eve’s specials on our website right now.

Happy wine-ing,


 Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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