I threw a dinner party just before Thanksgiving kickoff and poured one of my favorite producers, Rivers Marie. We started with the 2014 B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, the perfect compliment to Epoisses cheese (a Burgundian cheese that pairs wonderfully with Chardonnay). With just 20% new oak, this wine is crisp and clean while also achieving a roundness on the finish, aka my perfect balance.
Dinner consisted of my pinch-hitter roasted chicken, "panty-dropper potatoes" and salad. For red wine, we opened the "Gioia Vineyard" Pinot Noir, also from the Sonoma Coast. Classic notes of red fruit and spice carried us from dinner all the way through dessert, which was a delicious chocolate mousse with homemade whipped cream.