Holidays in Napa Valley are a special time. In part, this is because the Napa Valley region is such a special place.
Where great wines, great food, and great traditions come together in a beautiful place, it is inevitable that events such as Thanksgiving are special, as well.
The good news is that anyone can enjoy a “taste of Napa Valley” for their Thanksgiving meal celebrations with some of our great Napa Valley Thanksgiving meal ideas.
Holiday Wine and Cheese: Thanksgiving Wine and a Thanksgiving Cheese Platter
Even the most traditional Thanksgiving menu can be paired with a suitable Napa Valley wine.
For example, according to Food and Wine magazine,
“Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are two excellent options. While fuller-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are crowd-pleasers, their bold and typically oaky notes are better suited to the roasted red meats of December’s holidays.”
And, at Cal Mart, we have a wide selection of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs and Rieslings, such as Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2020. According to their Winemaker notes, this vintage displays the gorgeous aromas of mango, pineapple, Key lime pie, and honeydew melon, as well as “fragrant hints of orange blossom and elderflower.”
But what about those who might prefer a Napa Valley red wine?
The folks at Food and Wine address that, as well,
“For red wine lovers, Pinot Noir with turkey is a no-brainer. The wine’s bright high acidity, as well as extreme versatility on the table, make it a solid choice for pairing not only with turkey but also the handful of sides that will cover the rest of your plate.”
And that’s a selection that can be well met with a bottle or two of Robert Mondavi 2018 Pinot Noir Napa Valley that the winemaker describes as boasting vibrant flavors of black cherry, red plum, and red cherry fruit, which are “lifted by a zesty hint of tart cranberry and made complex by fresh nutmeg spice and forest floor earthiness.”
So, the bottom line when it comes to the best wine for Thanksgiving? Choosing your favorite among our excellent selection of Napa Valley wines from Cal Mart.
Napa Valley Additions to a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal
A Thanksgiving cheese platter can add a sumptuous element to any meal, but a cheese platter made up of Napa Valley cheeses, and other tasty treats can make it memorable.
As the home of a wide variety of farmstead and artisan cheeses, including unique exotic, specialty choices such as buffalo milk cheeses, as well as goat milk cheeses and others.
Our expert gourmet cheese staff can help you put together a superb Thanksgiving cheese platter by providing you with the origin, style, and tasting notes for each of your Napa Valley cheeses, along with a perfect wine selection to pair with your choice of cheese.
In addition, many of our farmstead and artisan cheeses are hand-cut and wrapped and can be cut to your desired size. Choices from nearby cheese purveyors include Vella Cheese Company of California and Pennyroyal Farm.
And no holiday meal would be complete without a quality selection of craft beers and ales for afterward.
Fortunately, Napa Valley is renowned for its bounty of craft breweries and craft brews. And a good choice for a traditional Thanksgiving meal might be a Napa Valley Brewing Company Napa River Brown Ale. Or another great brew would be a Stone Brewing Stone IPA.
Your Source for Your Napa Valley Thanksgiving Meal Supplies
The holiday season is a beautiful time to be in the rustic town of Calistoga, California. And you’ll find Cal Mart conveniently located right downtown.
Cal Mart’s employees are understandably proud of the large variety and wide selection our grocery store offers, and shopping here for holiday meals is a Napa Valley tradition.
As a family-owned and independent grocery store, Cal Mart has provided a unique, enjoyable, and memorable shopping experience for our customers for over half a century. Cal Mart has always been a go-to destination for fine Napa Valley wines, meats, cheeses, and specialty food items.
And in those more than five decades, our customers have always enjoyed unique and memorable shopping experiences with us – and they continue to do so today.
This is one of the reasons why we are known as “Napa Valley’s Finest Grocery.”
For the holidays, you will find great choices in our gourmet cheese selection. And don’t forget our wide variety of quality wines and craft beers that we offer, along with the unique and hard-to-find specialty foods items. The holidays are also the perfect time of year to consider one of our beautiful gift baskets.
This holiday season, we invite you to take some time to come and explore all that we have to offer.
And while you’re here, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and then treat yourself to a cup of coffee or tea from our Coffee Bar.
At Cal Mart, you will always find something that is unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!