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October 2022 Newsletter

October 2022

Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and pumpkin spice is suddenly everywhere. You know what that means. Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s time for turkey, pie, football…and, of course, giving thanks.

Thanksgiving menus usually begin with appetizers and move to turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, herb-filled stuffing, cranberry relish, and pumpkin or pecan pie. Is there a single wine that can take you seamlessly from start to finish? Check out our wine pairings listed below for your Thanksgiving Feast and the delicious Pumpkin Panna Cotta!

We appreciate your business this time of year and all year long. Happy Thanksgiving Day from us at De Vine Vintners!

Janice and Jason

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving long weekend and will re-open on Tuesday

The art of pairing wine with food is indeed a matter of personal preference. With white wines, the priority is finding a wine with well-balanced acidity. Reds should have reasonably tame tannins that will yield to and support the flavors of the food. Some safe bets for Thanksgiving wines are pinot noir, syrah, and zinfandel for red wine lovers, and sauvignon blanc, riesling, gewürztraminer, and viognier for those who prefer white wines.

Top Thanksgiving Whites:

This white wine can either be quite dry or fairly sweet, and it's excellent with spicy, salty, or sweet foods. Riesling’s natural flavors of apple, apricot, and honey, and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey, and spiced or herb-filled stuffing.

Simply delicious, this white wine tends to have aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal. Gewürztraminer makes a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both.

Sauvignon Blanc:
Known for its citrusy flavor with herbal or mineral undertones, this crisp white is a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.

Pinot Grigio: Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.

Albariño and Viognier:
While they may not boast the name recognition of, chardonnay, these whites offer the perfect opportunity to shake up the Thanksgiving table. You'll take your guests on a little wine adventure while maintaining excellent pairing power.

Top Thanksgiving Reds

Pinot Noir:
This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot noir's subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom-inspired flavors surround the fruity features of the wine. It tends to work well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.

A fuller bodied red, zinfandel is more intense than pinot noir and balances many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. It's a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red with the capacity to accommodate spicy, bitter, and sweet flavor profiles.

The syrah (or shiraz) grape can bring a spicy edge or a meaty character to the table. It's more complex, but graciously bows the cornucopia of flavors at a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prevalent peppery notes of syrah partner well with herb-infused stuffing and both white and dark turkey meat.

On The House™ all inclusive craft winemaking kits are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Simple and straightforward, choose your favourite red, white or blush style and be proud of these easy-drinking everyday house wines.

This is a great way to introduce your friends and family to making their own wine at a very low cost. ** Includes brewing fee. $99 is for the cost of the California White and Red; with the remaining at just a few more $$) **

Deadline to order is November 13, 2022.



On Sale!!!

All remaining kits of the Twisted Mist and LE21 will be one sale for 15% off the regular price while supplies last!

Coming Late October
Shiraz is Barossa’s signature wine; it is one of the most famous red wines in the world, with a reputation for being rich and full bodied with velvety tannin. Cooked black fruit flavours of blackberry and plum with layered notes of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, pepper and spice.


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Our label maker is a great way to personalize your wines! Perfect for weddings, parties, special events and giveaways or just as a conversation piece! Inquire today!

Also, mark your calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER to have wine ready for week prior to Christmas:

9 WEEK Kits: Week of October 14

8 WEEK Kits: Week of October 21

6 WEEK Kits: Week of November 4

4 WEEK Kits: Week of November 18


After a day of wine and great food, we want to finish with the familiar flavors of a Thanksgiving dessert, the only day of the year where most of us will consume pumpkin. Rather than facing a final challenge at the end of this much anticipated feast, we like to offer our guests a light and clean panna cotta, an egg-free dessert, set only with gelatin and garnished before serving. Prepared the day before for ease of service, this pumpkin dessert is a simple yet elegant take on a familiar combination of flavors.


  • ¼ ounce envelope unflavored powdered gelatin

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1¾ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree (no spices added)

  • ½ tsp ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp cloves

  • ½ tsp cinnamon

  • Candied pepitas (pumpkin seeds), whipped cream or pure maple syrup for garnish


To start, bloom the gelatin in ¼ cup of milk for 15 minutes.

In a medium sized pot on medium low heat, whisk together milk with gelatin, remaining milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt and canned pumpkin puree. Stir in ground ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. While whisking, bring the mixture to 205-210 degrees. Remove from heat and divide the mixture into six ramekins or any small dish of your choosing. Tap ramekin on the table once or twice to remove any air bubbles. Refrigerate to set (about 3-4 hours), wrapping them in plastic wrap as soon as they are cool. The panna cottas may be made the day prior. Remove from the refrigerator 10 minutes prior to serving and finish with a simple garnish of candied pepitas, whipped cream or a drizzle of maple syrup.

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