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11.21.2011

Alder on America: Thanksgiving and Wine

thanksgiving.jpgAt a certain point in my childhood, Christmas faced a stiff challenge as my favourite holiday. Never mind that I am technically Jewish. For whatever reason, we ended up with a Christmas tree and presents instead of a menorah and the eight nights of chocolate coins for Hanukkah. But at a certain point, as much as I loved getting presents, there was one thing I enjoyed almost as much as ripping the wrapping paper off brightly coloured packages, and that was eating meat.

While other kids saw the months between the beginning of the school year and the Christmas holidays as a long, bleak stretch of rapidly shortening days, I saw a shining light on the hill, a beacon of hope that would sustain me in the cold winter months of Colorado. I loved Thanksgiving.

You see, I grew up the son of a single hippie mother, whose cooking repertoire, bless her heart, consisted of about six dishes, four of which contained both brown rice and pinto beans.... Continue reading this article on JancisRobinson.Com.

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Comments (2)

Chuck Hayward wrote:
11.21.11 at 12:15 PM

Loved this, a great intro to the trials of Thanksgiving dinners in America for those who have never experienced it.

Also loved your comment: "...writing about what wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner has become one of the three required subjects (along with sparkling-wine coverage in December, and the annual flogging of ross in early summer) assigned to every living American wine writer..." But there should be four, you forgot my favorite (which made you cringe in a post you wrote a few years ago) called "Summer Sippers"!! Gotta love that one...

Tia G wrote:
11.25.11 at 1:50 PM

We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hope you did, too! Great Post!

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