• The forming of the United States of America has a very dark past. There was a whole lot of war and bloodshed. Cultures and people were decimated. It’s something that tends to not be brought up or thought about because it can be painful. I’m an eighth Creek Native American, but I was raised without ever delving into what that means. What happened to the Native Americans is a travesty.

    Thanksgiving to me is a hope to heal the past that can’t be undone.

    I was in a play in third grade that consisted of a family Thanksgiving dinner in the present, and a flashback to what was presented as the first thanksgiving dinner. Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal that the Native Americans helped provide.

    I like the idea of a day in which we contemplate that generosity, a day in which we also think about what we are thankful for in our own lives.


    I am thankful for my friends and family.

    I am thankful for the positive and negative life experiences that have formed who I am.

    I am thankful that I get to stretch my brain on a regular basis.

    I am thankful for you. Without you I would just be talking to myself, and I already do that all too often.

    So, thank you.



    Since I’m on the subject of Thanksgiving, what should you pair with the turkey?

    I always like Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. The flavors of the meal tend to be on the lighter side, and need something that won’t over power the dishes. Even though Nebbiolo tends to lean heavy on tannins, I find that the palate lends itself to turkey.


    This one is available for around $30 and is dynamite..

    2008 ‘Produttori del Barbaresco’ Barbaresco

    91 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    “The Produttori’s 2008 Barbaresco is simply fabulous. A sweet bouquet melds into expressive fruit in a Barbaresco that is exceptionally polished and refined. The 2008 boasts striking sweetness and inner perfume to match its understated, elegant personality. Quite frankly, the 2008 is very hard to resist today, as the tannins are quite polished. Unusually sweet, silky and refined, the 2008 will take the better part of a decade to show the full breadth of its pedigree. At $37, it is one of the very finest values in ageworthy wine from anywhere in the world. This is a magnificent showing from the Produttori and a great introduction to the 2008 harvest at this historic house. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038”


    …and a Pinot Noir…


    2011 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    91 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    ”A model of total elegance and class, the 2011 Pinot Noir from Flowers is absolutely gorgeous. Savory herbs, crushed flowers, licorice, salt, orange peel, mint and plums are all woven together in the glass. Today, the 2011 is impeccably crafted and flat-out gorgeous. Although very much a medium-bodied wine, I would not at all be surprised to see the 2011 blossom with more time in bottle. This is an impressive effort. Unfortunately, the Sonoma Coast was the only 2011 Flowers Pinot I was able to taste, but based on this effort, 2011 is certainly shaping up well here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021.”



    If you need something to help you refrain from throttling Uncle Joe or just want to make your Thanksgiving elegant, I suggest wine.


    Thank you for reading,


    -Jonathan Hood