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(Posted 11 a.m., Oct. 5)
Add some local flair to your Thanksgiving dinner with wine from Domaine Perrault
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Domaine Perrault owner-operator Denis Perrault and resident sommelier Julie Ricard stand behind their choices for the perfect Thanksgiving wine, the Zanibal on the left and the Rosalie on the right. Fred Sherwin/Photo


This weekend when you go out to buy your Thanksgiving turkey, why not drop by the Domaine Perrault winery in Navan to purchase the perfect compliment for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Domaine Perrault has several varieties that go with turkey including the Roslie, which is a light bodied red wine with hints of red cherry, cranberry and raspberry, for those people who prefer red to white.

For the traditionalists out there, Domaine Perrault has the perfect white wine to go with your Thanksgiving dinner -- Zanibal -- which they appropriately call their "turkey wine".

In fact, Domaine Perrault's resident sommelier Julie Ricard suggests pouring half a bottle of Zanibal in the roasting pan with the turkey to add extra flavour and moistness to the bird. More adventurous chefs can add the entire bottle, but it means they will have to an extra bottle if they want to enjoy it with the finished product.

Zanibal is an off-dry white with a hint of citrus and ripe apples. They also have a very fine Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, and the Saint Pepin which is dry white wine with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit.

If turkey isn't your thing and you plan on cooking a roast beef or prime rib, Domaine Perrault has several varieties of red to tantalize your palate, starting with the Frontenac, a dry red wine with hints of cherry, blackberry, plum and chocolate. They also have a Cabernet Franc, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and the latest addition to their wine list, a full-bodied Shiraz with strong hints of black pepper and currants.

The beauty about Domaine Perrault is that you can taste all their wines before you purchase them in their quaint cellar store.

The easiest way to get to the winery is to drive south on Trim Road to Navan. When you reach the main intersection in Navan, continue driving south until you reach the end of Trim Road, turn right on Perrault Road and continue until you see the Domaine Perrault on your left.

The store is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the winery visit www.domaineperrault.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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