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Even Bad Jokes Can Make Good Thanksgiving Wines

Agile, energetic wines that are versatile with many foods are best for the holiday feast. But with delicious food and lively company, it’s hard to go wrong.

By Eric Asimov
Nov. 1, 2018

Somewhere in this great land on Thanksgiving Day, a guest on the corny side will arrive at the feast, grinning and bearing a bottle of Turkish wine.

“Turkey for the turkey,” he will say. The hosts will graciously accept the prize even as they groan inwardly. And yet, the jester might have it exactly right.

At the wine panel’s annual pre-Thanksgiving meal, where we test out wines to see what might go best with the turkey and sides, the guy who brought that wine was our tasting coordinator, Bernard Kirsch.

Here’s how our tasting works: Each member of the Thanksgiving panel — Florence Fabricant, Julia Moskin and Pete Wells, along with Bernie and me — brings two wines, a white and a red, each costing no more than $25.

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Tasting Notes: Bottles for a Thanksgiving Feast

★★★ Château Le Puy Côtes de Bordeaux Duc des Nauves 2016 $25

Lightly tannic, with flavors of fresh fruits, herbs and a pleasant touch of funk. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, New York)

 

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