There were 150 Pilgrims and Native Americans at the first Thanksgiving, a feast that lasted three days. They ate wild turkeys, partridges and other birds; five deer the Native people brought; corn, cranberries and pumpkins. What they lacked that first year was beer, the “water” of their time. But making beer came easily to the settlers since it was the drink of their home country; and once settled in their new land, they enjoyed it during following feasts.
Today with Thanksgiving dinner, the most celebrated American meal, many people still serve American beer. And, just as likely, America’s wines. From sparkling through white, red and dessert, there is an American-born wine for every part of the feast.
An aperitif calls for a sparkling wine such as those of Chateau Frank of New York’s Finger Lakes region, producer of Brut ($25), Blanc de Blancs ($30) and Blanc de Noirs ($30), exquisitely made from classic grapes in the traditional Champagne method.
Domaine Chandon, the first Champagne house to establish a Napa Valley residence, brings its centuries-old knowledge to its Brut Classic ($25), Blanc de Noirs ($25) and Chandon Rosé ($27), plus a reserve line of sparklers ($38).
For white wine lovers, the dry, distinctive Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling, from New York State’s Finger Lakes region, provides an outstanding example of the grape ($20 and up).
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines of California produces a number of flavorful Chardonnays. Look especially for the Vineyard Series-Highland Bench, Arroyo Vista and October Night (about $28).
Lieb Cellars on New York’s Long Island is the rare winery whose main wine is Pinot Blanc — elegant, crisp and fruit-rich ($35).
The Eyrie Vineyards was the first Oregon winery to produce a Pinot Noir, and it is still one of the best, capturing that elusive grape’s subtle flavors. Prices begin about $30.
Wölffer Estate Vineyards, on New York’s Long Island, is one of the region’s most successful Merlot producers ($25). Its Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon ($25–40) are equally enticing choices for Thanksgiving dinner.
For a large group, choose Dreaming Tree Crush, a California North Coast blend that is all fresh berries and gratifying taste and only $15.
And for a dessert wine to pair with pumpkin pie, try New York State’s Wagner Riesling Ice Wine, $28 for a .375 ml bottle.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.