Is your forthcoming Turkey Day menu feeling a little … blah? Sick and tired of the same old fall flavor combos sucking away your will to cook year after year? Considering ordering Thai food? Plan to perk up (and pucker up) with this dry, tart, yet ridiculously raspberry-kissed framboise produced by local purveyors of wild ales, Libertine Brewing Co. Not sure a sour has a place at your next family soiree? Trust me. When paired alongside grandma’s cranberry sauce and moist, dark turkey meat, this fizzy golden ale shines with hot pink POW (you can thank a ton of juicy berries for that). Gather the clan and pass around this easily sharable 22-ounce bottle, wrapped in an instant conversation piece: one-of-a-kind art cool enough to grace an album cover. Psst! And don’t forget that both Libertine locations—the pub in Morro Bay and tasting room/brewery/soon-to-be-restaurant are open during construction. Grab a bottle now, before these limited quantities run out. Let’s make T-Day rasp-radical again!
• Libertine Brewing Co.'s Framboise—$20; 1234 Broad St., SLO, or order online at libertinebrewing.com.
You know that heart-sinking feeling when you pop a cork on a fresh bottle of wine, only to realize—to your shock and horror—that you uncorked the wrong bottle? You know—the one you aimed to save for a “special occasion”? If I sound snooty or entitled, just imagine me pouring said wine into my limited edition vintage Slurpee cub, if this helps at all. I aimed to save this elegant bottle—fermented in stainless steel open-top tanks and aged for 16 months in 40 percent new French oak barrels—for a birthday or anniversary. I’m actually kind of glad I didn’t. Life is worth celebrating, and this remarkable wine reminded me to live in the now. Adelaida Winery is known for its world class fruit, grown in the distinct craggy hillside terrain and chalky limestone soils of Paso’s coveted Adelaida District. Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub is all about working with—not against—the web of nature, coaxing the natural beauty out of this graceful bounty (just ask the sheep that graze among his vines). True to form, this mourvedre sourced from Anna’s Estate Vineyard is effortlessly earthy and quietly complex with low tannin and a smooth silky finish. I drank this fine bottle in three days, and it made those three home-cooked fall dinners feel all the more special. Best of all, it made me think of the ripest plums and Bing cherries of summer. Isn’t it funny when a wine can do all that?
• Adelaida Winery’s 2014 Anna’s Estate Vineyard Mourvedre—$50; 5805 Adelaida Road; Paso Robles.
Hayley Thomas Cain lives for unexpected moments in her kitchen. Send drink suggestions, recipes, and memories to firstname.lastname@example.org.