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Turkey Day Wine Picks from an Expert!

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on November 13, 2009

Gary Mulleneaux - Beltramo's Menlo Park

The what-wine-to-serve with the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner – turkey and all the trimmings – is a topic that gets annual coverage in the media. But your InMenlo team is betting that few have a source better qualified to give suggestions than Gary Mulleneaux, who’s been trolling the wine aisles of Beltramo’s for 25 years. We bring you his thoughts:

“I like to serve wine that has some fruit intensity for Thanksgiving. The reason is [the fruit] compliments the turkey, which can be dry, and all the sides,  fruity like cranberry and yams or savory like sausage dressing. But fruity doesn’t mean sweet – sometime people make that mistake.”

His three diverse picks:

  • Sean Minor Four Bears Pinot Noir ’07 – a great value at $15
  • Domaine Weinbach Reserve Personnelle, Clos des Capuchins ’07 – an Alsatian Reisling for $25
  • O’Brien Estate Merlot ’05 – polished, seamless texture for $32

Beltramo’s has been a Menlo mainstay since the ’50s. What once housed a bar at the back of the retail store, now hosts Saturday wine tastings. Tomorrow will feature German wines, Nov. 21 more Thanksgiving suggestions. There will also be a “Holiday Tasting’ on the 21st with an emphasis on Italian imports, including cheeses, meats and vinegars.

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