Oh man, nice to see this thread pop up again. Thanksgiving weekend was a HUGE winefest for Peter and I (and family and friends). We rented a nice riverfront vacation home in the Russian River Valley and had a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast followed by 2 days of wine tasting.
Just as a brief teaser - here was the wine selection for Thanksgiving dinner - BEFORE we did any wine tasting!
A brief list of the wineries we hit in the 2 days
Mill Creek - good stuff, nothing outstanding though
J. Rochioli - rumor had it they had an amazing Pinot, pity they were only tasting chardonnay that morning
Hop Kiln - Nice fruity, if a little simple, reds
Porter Creek - tops in my book - they did everything well, but had an absolutely amazing
Gary Farrell - Great big complex reds
Martinelli - A sentimental favorite
Rodney Strong - Huuuuuuge complex, but the wines were very nice and their port is amazing!
La Crema - A surprise favorite - amazing Chardonnay and nice pinots
Selby - We went for the port - Peter took a case.
Everett Ridge - A nice end - and with a 30% discount for a case, we made away like thieves!
I came away with 11 bottles of wine and 4 bottles of port. I'd estimate that altogether we probably bought close to 9 cases of wine (there were 12 adults in the group).