Julia Crowley

Location: Eugene, OR

Award-winning Wine Writer. Publisher/Creative Content Producer of TheRealWineJulia.com. Snooth Contributor & Pro Wine Judge. Charmed by the Willamette Valley's earthy, elegant Pinot Noirs with a true zeal for Oregon Chardonnay, Riesling & Sparkling Wine.

Six Great Thanksgiving Wines from Oregon's Airlie Winery

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Airlie Winery Seven White Blend Willamette Valley (2011)
Comments: The seven grapes blended to produce this white wine (in order of most to least) are Müller Thurgau, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. The aromas and flavors immediately reminded me of my days in the Florida Keys – juicy tropical pineapple, grapefruit and key lime are highlighted by a tiny touch of jasmine. Subtle acidity balances out the fruitiness and leaves the palate refreshed and wanting more. Anything and everything Thanksgiving will pair well with 7.
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2 Airlie Winery Pinot Gris (2010)
Comments: Notes of fresh, crisp apple and pear along with hints of sweet Meyer lemon create a beautifully balanced, juicy and refreshing Pinot Gris – an excellent representation of Oregon Pinot Gris. If any kind of salad is on the Thanksgiving menu, this will be a stellar pairing. It’ll also be nice with warm, buttery mashed potatoes.
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3 Airlie Winery Gewürztraminer Willamette Valley (2012)
Comments: Alluring tropical aromas of pineapple and tangerine flow through to the palate with fresh acidity – giving it spectacular balance. A hint of fall spice and lemon on the finish adds a refreshing depth of character. Along with Brandborg Winery’s Gewürztraminer, this is one of the best I’ve had in Oregon. Pairs well with mashed potatoes, cranberries, salads and cheeses.
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4 Airlie Winery Riesling (2011)
Comments: Pears, nectarines, honey and spice in both aromas and flavors flow in juicy waves from the front of the palate towards the back, ending with a pleasant lemony-ginger flavor. This would be great alongside a slice of pumpkin pie, but its so versatile it would also pair well with any type of salad, especially a Waldorf salad.
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5 Airlie Winery Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (2009)
Comments: Bright cherries, cranberries, cinnamon and fall spices are what this Pinot is all about. It’s low in tannins and has a bright acidity that makes it super food-friendly – like so many of Oregon’s Pinot Noirs. This will pair perfectly with turkey, stuffing and green bean casserole.
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6 Airlie Winery Maréchal Foch (2009)
Comments: The dark berry fruit characteristics and light to medium structure sort of reminded me of Pinot Noir, less the mushroomy, earthy qualities that many Pinot have – making it a good wine to pair with loads of foods and an easy drinking red wine for those who think reds are too big and bold. The tannins are mellow and acidity is just right to round out the dark berry notes. Pair this with turkey and gravy, green bean casserole and roasted sweet potatoes.
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