New York Wine Guide – Thanksgiving Delights

New York Wine Guide – Thanksgiving Delights

A virtual tasting of food-friendly whites and reds — with their makers — for turkey day 2023

Type Virtual Tasting
Virtual platform
Tags holidays / new york state wine / thanksgiving / virtual tasting / wine
  • Live Online Zoom Broadcast 01 Nov, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Join us on Wednesday, November 1 as we explore a symphony of flavors perfect for Thanksgiving in a FREE virtual tasting that will celebrate food-friendly white and red wines from New York, in the spirit -- and menu -- of the season.  Four (4) outstanding New York wineries will present their wines: Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Boundary BreaksBillsboro Winery, and Montezuma Winery. Each one's selection will play a role in pairing with the traditional Thanksgiving meal: from appetizers to main courses to classic side dishes.  This is a golden opportunity to discover New York's best wines for your annual celebration of food, family, friends, and being thankful.
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Welcome to New York State

  • Territory for the curious, the open-minded, and the adventurous, where courage, ingenuity, and diversity define our wine regions.
  • From the vineyard to the glass, our passionate and pioneering people create experiences that surprise, intrigue, and satisfy.
  • The mission of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is to promote the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from our diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. To realize this, the Foundation provides a wide range of benefits, marketing programs, educational events, cost saving subsidies, and more, to the wine and grape industry as well as our business and consumer supporters.


  1. Jonathan Cupp – Thirsty Owl Wine Company, President
  2. Bruce Murray – Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Co-Owner
  3. Vinny Aliperti – Billsboro Winery, Owner and Winemaker
  4. Phil Plummer – Montezuma Winery, Head Winemaker

These four wineries are from the Finger Lakes region of northwest New York, which is known for its picturesque grouping of narrow glacial lakes—some of the deepest freshwater lakes in the United States.

The Finger Lakes have become known as one of the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions—especially for Riesling—in North America.


Thirsty Owl Wine Company – 2022 Pinot Gris. $15.95

  • A summery white with subtle floral aromas. Flavors of pineapple, pear, green melon and a light, dry finish. (R.S. 0.1%)
  • Perfect to start the Thanksgiving meal. Pairs well with garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes.
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company’s story began when Ted Cupp purchased 150 acres from Robert and Mary Plane, trailblazers on the Cayuga Wine Trail, on July 2, 2001.
  • Since then, Thirsty Owl’s name has become synonymous with award-winning wines. They have won numerous awards, including the Governor’s Cup and the John Rose Award, for their Rieslings.
  • Buy now at Thirsty Owl’s website. Use promo code NYWGTD23 to get 10% off 3 bottles, 15% off 6 bottles, 25% off a case


Boundary Breaks – 2022 Riesling Dry #239


  • What does the number, “239” refer to?
  • Each specific variation within a grape variety is referred to as a “clone,” and it is given a number like #239 or #198.
  • Within in a particular set of environmental conditions—or “terroir”—some clones are expected to do better than others.
  • When Boundary Breaks began planting in 2009, it chose to plant five different Riesling clones to see how they each expressed themselves at the Boundary Breaks site.
  • Clone 239 possesses a slightly more acidic character, and as such is suitable for drier styles.
  • Buy Now at Boundary Breaks’ website. 20% off for wine club members.


Billsboro Winery – 2022 Cabernet Franc


  • Aroma: Cherry, red cherry, plum, dark fruit, tutti frutti, sweet spice, light chocolate, light leather, earth, oak.
  • Palate: Cherry, plummy, dried plum, plush red fruit, subtle lemon, tart, mineral, light oak, wood, tannic, high acid.
  • Finish: Plum, tart, light spice.
  • The journey to Billsboro Winery began in 1992 when its owners —  Kim and Vinny — met as Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia.
  • Buy Now online at Billsboro Winery website. Use code NYWGTD23 to get 15% off 3 or more bottles. Offer valid from Nov. 1st – Nov. 15th.


Voleur 2022 Saperavi (unoaked)


  • Bold, juicy, and spicy with aromas of black cherry, black peppercorn, and thyme
  • Dry

Buy Now online at Montezuma Winery. Use code NYWGTD23 to get 20% off. Offer valid from Nov. 1st – Nov. 15th.



  • Sam is a WSET-trained sommelier and co-founder of Crush Wine Experiences (formerly New York Wine Events) (est. 2006), the NY area’s #1 food & wine experience company.
  • He has traveled throughout New York frequently on excursions to some of the state’s leading wineries
  • He knows the wines, the terroir, and history of New York winemaking.
  • As the owner of a wine retail store, he also brings added insights to the virtual tasting experience