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Wines to Bring to a Holiday Meal

"Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I'm going with American wines for the most part. And even at Thanksgiving, there's no predicting exactly what will be on the table, so we need versatile, light- to medium-textured wines that will match with the 10,000 mains and sides they're likely to encounter.

First, a Pinot Gris from Washington State or California, like the Willamette Valley Vineyards 2007 Pinot Gris ($16). A bit tart, a bit spicy, very fruity and crisp. And then, shoot me for being predictable: Pinot Noir. Let's pull J Vineyards & Winery 2005 Nicole's Vineyard from Russian River Valley ($42). Again, a touch of spice - the Thanksgiving meal can be so "same-old, same-old" from year to year, you need to wake it up - but mostly great cherry fruit on the silkiest pillow imaginable."

Tim MoriartyManaging EditorWine Enthusiast Magazinewww.wineenthusiast.com