Last-minute wine ideas

Editor’s note: Wines in bold should be available locally.


The annual question: What wine goes with the turkey? Actually it’s more about the trimmings — cranberry sauce and stuffing, sweet potatoes and everything else.

Pinot noir, zinfandel, riesling, Beaujolais, even a sparkling wine — all work.

Prices for very good Beaujolais have appeal. The 2009 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages, fruity and refreshing; and the versatile 2010 Georges Duboeuf Brouilly stand out.

Beaujolais Nouveau, that grapy November visitor, is here. Try the food-friendly 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau.

Zinfanatics revere Ravens wood. The winery’s current zinfandels are ideal, especially the single-vineyard beauties. Look for the big, ripe 2008 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel and the red-fruit driven 2008 Ravenswood Barricia Zinfandel; juicy 2009 Vintners Blend Zinfandel is a bargain.

The organic, attractive 2010 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is another good choice.

And if you’re fond of bubbles, the colorful, nonvintage J Brut Rose works throughout the meal.


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