This year, after a brief California hiatus in 2016, ThanksGavin returned to Philadelphia in 2017 — and continues through 2019 at my cousin Matt and his wife Andrea’s place.
Matt is in the back starting his kitchen prep. Then outside lighting up the big green egg! Buster supervises. But the OG crew, shown here, consisting of my mom and aunt are still on turkey duty! From my cellar: 2007 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut. AG 96. Taittinger’s 2007 Comtes de Champagne will be nearly impossible to resist upon release. Soaring aromatics, mid-weight structure and soft contours give the 2007 its alluring personality. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, chamomile and green pear add brightness and freshness throughout, with a persistent, clean finish that makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Today, the 2007 comes across as a slightly more open version of the 2004, with freshness that makes that wine so appealing, and a touch of textural richness that recalls the 2002. Although the 2007 does not have the explosive energy or verticality of the profound 2006, it will drink better earlier. The 2007 has been positively brilliant on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. (Drink between 2018-2047) More sparkling. From my cellar: 1995 Robert Ampeau & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières. 92 points. Opulent but balanced, dignified without slathered oak or exagerrated maloloactic fermentation. Good show. My mom brings out the snacks. Muhumarah. Homemade spicy middle eastern walnut and pepper dip. Crisps. Olives. From my cellar: 2002 Gros Frère et Sœur Grands-Echezeaux. RJ 95. Big, ripe, vanilla, chlorine nose; tasty, elegant fruit, lovely and sexy; long finish 95+ pts. From my cellar: 1999 Maison Roche de Bellene Latricières-Chambertin Collection Bellenum. 91 points. Sleek and full-bodied with dark fruits and good balancing acidity. Very minerally flavor profile with a smooth texture and a long, modestly complex finish. From my cellar: 2004 Château Palmer. AG 92. Deep red. Rich aromas of plum, redcurrant, chocolate and smoke. Sweet, lush and smooth, with a wonderfully fine-grained texture for the year. Highly expressive flavors of currant, cedar, chocolate and tobacco. The wine’s subtle sweetness, suave tannins and sneaky persistence convey an impression of very regular ripeness. More red. The savory spread. Turkey #1. BBQed in the Big Green Egg. And Turkey #2 was Done in the webber over charcoal. Turkey! Stuffing. Stuffing baked into a casserole. Gravy. Shallots. Simple Arugula salad. Brussels with walnuts. My mom’s cranberry chutney with a bit of citrus and cayenne — probably my favorite. Raw cranberry salsa — my least favorite but some love it. Cranberry jelly. Doubling down on the red are the roasted beets. Sweet potatoes. Bread. My official plate for 2019! From my cellar: 1965 Taylor (Fladgate) Very Old Single Harvest Port Limited Edition. 96 points. Brown and nutty in color, awesome! The dessert spread. Tower of sweets including the every popular Jagielky candy’s. Apple pie. Grandmom’s (recipe) brownies and blondies. Butternut squash pie (tastes just like pumpkin). My mom’s famous pecan pie, made totally from scratch. Cookies. Whipped cream I “whipped up.” And some super decadent butterscotch sauce I also whipped up — given that I’m not the master of anything that belongs with gelato. Here is my pancreas busting plate. Overall, the best ThanksGavin food yet, even beating out the awesome 2017 and 2018! It usually is, as the standards keep going up and up! To see a list of all ThanksGavin meals over the here, click here.sharethis_button(); ?>