For ’20 Thanksgiving, an ’18 pinot – Portlandia 2018 pinot noir


Thanksgiving 2020 promises to be unlike any previous version of this annual holiday. 

This is a year when it’s prudent for family and friends to gather around a zoom call

rather than the communal table.

But if you’re still preparing the traditional feast, just in smaller quantities,

we have a wine for you.

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price-

that-you-can-find recommendation. 

This week, we’re focused on next week and Thanksgiving Thursday.




It’s a lot to ask of any single wine to successfully pair

with the wide variety of Thanksgiving tastes and textures. 

But when it comes to the main event, turkey and the trimmings,

pinot noir is up to the task. 

And for $20 or less, depending on where you acquire it,

Portlandia from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a good way to go. 


2018 was yet another stellar Willamette Valley vintage. 

Oregon/WV pinots from ’18…Portlandia is a perfect example…are ripe and full. 

Portlandia doesn’t show the typical Oregon pinot profile, i.e., tart cranberry notes.   

Rather, it has a slightly sweet cherry, almost caramel, flavor.   

Turkey, dressing, and yams will all match up well with Portlandia. 

Serve it slightly chilled. 


We found Portlandia ’18 at Fred Meyer for $15.49. 

QFC carries it for $17.99. 

You can order it from the Portlandia website for $21.99.