The Craig Fahle Show

Wines for an Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Soul Food & American Thanksgiving!

Master Sommelier, Madeline Triffon from Plum Market stopped by WDET to talk about wines for the Holidays.


The Thanksgiving table often celebrates a family’s ethnic roots. The turkey and trimmings can be simply the anchor or just a postscript for a lavish spread, be it Arabic, Mexican, African American or Indian. Metro Detroit envelopes all these tables. Wine expert, Madeline Triffon from Plum Market tells us what wines will best harmonize with their signature textures and flavors. Not all of these cuisines developed alongside a wine culture and may present intriguing challenges.

The Food Challenges The Wine Keys Sweetness Ripe fruit and/or touch of sweetness High acidity High acidity Sweetness Soft tannins Spicy heat Moderate alcohol Strong flavors Forward style, moderate complexity

THE WINES

Sparkling Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2013 Victoria (Australia) - under $13 M. Lawrence “Green” Extra-Sec (made in Michigan) - under $15 Parigot Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut (France) - under $26

White

Crios Torrontes 2012 Salta (Argentina) – Under $13 Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (New Zealand) – under $10 Joseph Drouhin Saint Véran 2011 White Burgundy (France) – under $15 Skouras Moschofilero 2012 Pelopponese (Greece) – under $16

Red

Famille Perrin Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve 2010 (France) – under $9 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2009 Veneto (Italy) – under $16 Las Rocas Garnacha “Viñas Viejas” 2009 Calatayud (Spain) – under $18 Altano Douro 2010 (Portugal) – Under $9 Chateau Ste. Barbe 2010 Bordeaux (France) – under $18 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Napa (California) – under $23

THE TABLES

The Arabic American Table Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (New Zealand) – under $10 Crisp acidity to match the lemony dressing Las Rocas Garnacha “Viñas Viejas” 2009 Calatayud (Spain) – under $18 Dark and smooth to match grilled lamb

The Indian American Table

Skouras Moschofilero 2012 Pelopponese (Greece) – under $16 Floral-fragrant and soft to soothe sweet heat Chateau Ste. Barbe 2010 Bordeaux (France) – under $18 Smooth tannins to glide along strong spices

The African American Table

M. Lawrence “Green” Extra-Sec (made in Michigan) - under $15 A kiss of sweetness and refreshing bubbles, for sweet and/or fried foods Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2009 Veneto (Italy) – under $16 Ripe juicy red to dance with smoky-BBQ flavors

The Mexican American Table

Parigot Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut (France) - under $26 Crisp, refined bubbles to match tart salsas Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Napa (California) - under $23 Smooth tannins to melt into dark chocolatey mole

The Pan-American Thanksgiving Table

Crios Torrontes 2012 Salta (Argentina) – under $13 Floral-fruity with an illusion of sweetness – only Scrooge would frown Famille Perrin Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve 2010 (France) – under $9 Medium-bodied & gently dry with ripe red fruit and dried herbal notes

Classic Flavors, Great Buys

Joseph Drouhin Saint Véran 2011 White Burgundy (France) – under $15 Beautiful French Chardonnay, subtle & smooth Altano Douro 2010 (Portugal) - Under $10 Dense, rustic red that way over-delivers!

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