Guess who’s coming to (Thanksgiving) dinner?

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

If you’re reading this blog post, then I’m sure you already know the answer. (And yes, if I really have to spell it out, it’s Moscato d’Asti.)

It should really come as no surprise. From the deviled eggs and fried boudin balls that are served as appetizers at my family’s Thanksgiving feast (just to get things started on a lighter note) to the smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, green beans, spiral ham, and seven-layer salad, Moscato d’Asti is a wonderful pairing that marries well with literally everything on the Thanksgiving table. And don’t get me started about the pies: Pumpkin, chocolate, pecan… I can’t think of another wine that would fit the bill like Moscato d’Asti.

What will come as a surprise to some is that far beyond the American coasts and major metropoles, lightyears from the media centers in our country where wine writers and bloggers debate the finer points of native yeasts, lees aging, carbonic maceration, and the epistemological implications of fermented grape juice, there is a tide of regular everyday Americans across the southeastern part of the country and the midwest who share, drink, and enjoy Moscato d’Asti for their favorite national holiday — Thanksgiving.
And they don’t drink, it’s important to note, just any old Moscato (anymore). They drink Moscato d’Asti DOCG.

On Thursday, when we will sit down at my sister-in-law’s house, in Orange, Texas, along the Louisiana border, for our Thanksgiving feast, there will be roughly 20 of us, all said. And not only will my wife’s sister have plenty of bottles of Moscato d’Asti DOCG to share, but aunt Pam and brother Ricky will each bring their own bottles of Moscato d’Asti DOCG to share. As a matter of fact, we’ll spend the better part of six hours, more or less, sitting around, watching football, “visiting” (a southern word that means “catching up” in pan-American English), and sipping on Moscato d’Asti DOCG.

We live in the time of the fine wine renaissance in our country and there’s never been a better time to enjoy great wine (which, until recently, wasn’t always available in the U.S. outside major markets, most of them in the northeast and on the west coast).

And over in our little forgotten corner of America, we’ll be enjoying a wholesome, genuine, and truly delicious viticultural product that unites us with literally tens of thousands of other families across the land. And that, my friends, is just one thing to be thankful for this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Jeremy Parzen
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Italian literature at U.C.L.A. in 1997, Jeremy Parzen moved to New York City where he shifted his focus to food and wine. By 1998, he was the chief wine writer for the English-language edition of La Cucina Italiana. In 2005, he published his annotated translation of Maestro Martino's 15th century cookery book, The Art of Cooking (University of California Press). In 2007, he launched his blog DoBianchi.com (named after the Venetian expression for two glasses of white wine). Since that time, he has published countless articles on Italian food and wine, including bylines for publications like Decanter and Wine and Spirits, which named him a "Master of Place" in 2017. Known for his humanist perspective onto the world of Italian enogastronomy, he works as wine and restaurant industry consultant from his home office in Houston, where he and his wife Tracie (a native Texan) are raising their two daughters. A former rock musician and songwriter, Jeremy continues to compose and record music with and for his family. He was honored to be named an Italian Association of Wine Merchants ambassador in 2018 for his "profound scholarship in the humanities, his great knowledge of winemaking, and his excellence in communications."

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