How to Wine as You Dine on Turkey

A panel of the Times' best and brightest drinks a bunch so you don't have to
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2008 12:03 PM CST
Buying in abundance is a good Thanksgiving bet.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – With all the potential stress implicit in the Thanksgiving family feast, wine is one arena that shouldn't leave the host sweating bullets, writes Eric Asimov in the New York Times. The rules "couldn't be simpler": Like the food, Thanksgiving wine selection is all about "versatility and plentitude," explains Asimov, who threw a Turkey Day dress rehearsal featuring bottles priced $25 and less.

"The soporific effects of a long day must be countered with wines that are light-bodied, limber, and above all refreshing," writes Asimov, who, amid sampling muscadet, chenin blanc, and cabernet franc grapes, discovered a "$9 wonder"—a Sauvignon Blanc from BV Coastal Estates. If all else fails, "choose wines you really like. If nobody else is happy, you will at least have pleased yourself."