when it comes to wine for thanksgiving dinner, lots of people will tell you what goes best with turkey. and stuffing. and potatoes. and…pumpkin pie. i wanted to get some insight from a pro, so i visited my friend carey williams at the wine source in hampden for some advice. found some easy, happy crowd pleasers, as well as a few choices that are little bit different. here we go…

i used to be one of those ‘i don’t like chardonnay’ people. but all these years later, i now know that i simply prefer a cool climate chardonnay like eve chardonnay from washington state. you’ll taste apple and a hint of honey…thirst quenching, too. it pairs well with mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. definitely a great basic, easy drinking wine many folks around your table will enjoy – a real crowd pleaser. $10.99

rose makes many people think of summer. some people think it’s white zinfandel. um, no…but it’s a great choice for thanksgiving! one great option is the 2010 artzuri garnacha rosado – a luscious, dark pepper rose. this always seems balanced, soft and fresh – really great with turkey. $9.99

for a little more&nbs adventurous palate, you might consider 2010 francois villard viognier from the rhone valley in france [the fancy name on the label is les contours de deponcin.] when you smell this one, you get rosey, perfume, exotic fruit. yet…it drinks so nicely! medium weight, not super acidic, very elegant.  really nice with sweet potato pie. $31.99. [treat yourself for the holiday.]

you often hear about medium bodied reds for thanksgiving and if you’d like to go that way, give the 2008 kesseler spatbergunder a try. it’s a german wine using a grape transplanted from burgundy where it’s known as pinot noir. this wine has a nose of blackberries and a hint of cherry and is on the rustic side. this would be a great red wine for someone just getting into reds – not too intense, with a juicy palate. $19.99

want a red that’s a bit more spicy? give the 2010 tramontane roussillon rouge a try. carey described it as “juicy, forward and brimming with spicy red fruit.” i agree! bold, juicy, complex. $9.99 [a great value, by the way.]

don’t be intimidated or try too hard to make ‘perfect’ pairings with your entire thanksgiving meal. for example, it’s close to impossible to pair sauerkraut with wine. beer is great with it, though…in fact, if you’re more of a beer person, do your thing and have some really good beer! the folks at scribbleskiff  have some great suggestions for beer pairings. and i also recommend that you visit my friend jed at the wine source for some advice. he has introduced me to so many of my favorite beers over the last few years.

so, as we enter the holiday season, make sure you try something new and HAVE FUN!

eat, drink and be you, hon.