When choosing a Thanksgiving wine, the only real rule is that there are no rules. Better yet, you can serve several different wines to complement the diversity of dishes on the table.
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Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 1998
From California, this is one of the most delicious and easily appreciated wines. Serve this dry, lemony, refreshing sparkler before dinner and with lighter food.
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Wolf Blass Brut
Appealing peach and apple flavors waltz across your tongue with the lightest of bubbles, making this wine one that's enjoyable with everything from pre-dinner smoked almonds to pumpkin pie.
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Clos Pegase, Mitsuko's Vineyard Chardonnay, 2001
Here is a hot and full-bodied number from Napa Valley that registers a very high 14.3 percent alcohol, making it a white wine that can take the place of a red. It displays notes of pineapple and a bit of oak. It will be especially good with shellfish in a cream sauce. About $22.
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King Estate, Pinot Gris, 2000
From Oregon, an off-dry wine (another way of saying on the sweet side of dry), which features a melony taste with a rich and creamy texture that even the occasional wine drinker will appreciate. About $14.
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Pesquera, Ribera Del Duero, 1999
This rich red wine from Spain is a move up the flavor ladder in complexity and sophistication. Its pleasantly spicy and peppery sensations will go nicely with just about any meat or fowl. About $22.
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Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley Sparkling Wine, NV (Nonvintage)
This bright and effervescent northern California wine is, in a good sense, reminiscent of an alcoholic ginger ale. It's slightly off-dry. A great way to prime the palate with a party nibble at a reasonable price. About $17.
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Banfi, Rosa Regale, 2001
This is a fizzy and festive dessert wine from Italy that will be great with cakes or something chocolaty. Sweet, but not terribly so, like a raspberry or black cherry soda with a hint of alcohol, only 7 percent. Delightful. About $20.
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