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Scrambling around in a vain attempt to secure the perfect wine for every guest and every dish on the Thanksgiving table? Then you'll love these Thanksgiving suggestions from Benito.
Don't spend a lot of money per bottle. Try the $10-15 range. Why? As
you hold that bottle of wine in your hand, imagine having it swiped to punch up
the gravy, mixed with Sprite and consumed by a tipsy great aunt, or knocked over
by a rambunctious child.
Think PIGS: Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain. There are tons of
great bargain Italian and Spanish wines on the market right now, and they're
very food friendly.....
Bring your own corkscrew. Good luck trying to buy one at the last
minute if Grandma doesn't have one.....
Most importantly, have fun. There's no reason to stress out over your
wine choices, and after the third bottle is open everyone is going to be in a
good mood anyway.
To which I would add: Stash a good bottle or two of your personal favorite wine somewhere where the riff-raff won't get into it. Sounds harsh, I know, but not everyone appreciates the finer aspects of a decent wine.
For many years TWC put on an Annual Fourth of July Bash. My wino friends would come bearing some of the finest wines available anywhere on the planet (told you I was a fortunate guy). These expensive wines were never sitting around uncorked on the kitchen counter with the regular reds. Nor in the ice chest with the Bud and the Charles Shaw Chard. Actually, that is rank hyperbole, TJ's wasn't selling Shaw in those days, but you get the picture. You had to have the secret decoder ring, the handshake, and a double password to get a spill of the good stuff. It was all very casual and few if any revelers had a clue as to what we were drinking.
Subtlety and Discretion, my friends.
TWC has learned. I don't go anywhere without a corkscrew but it didn't occur to me to offer that sage advice to you, Gentle Reader. [slaps forehead with palm of hand]