Happy Thanksgiving -- and have you started holiday shopping yet?
Maybe a digestif will brace you for what's coming up. But wine drinkers are easily satisfied with a good bottle. Here are some choices to get your work done early for red wine fans.
Robust and refined: the 2009 Paraduxx Z Blend Napa Valley Red Wine ($48; $24 for 375 ml.), a very satisfying, versatile wine, best with hearty beef dishes and stews.
Rhone via America: the 2010 Joel Gott Alakai ($30), a bright, peppery red blend, mostly grenache, and a partner for roast duck, turkey and chicken; barbecue, burgers and steaks.
Star power: the 2008 TF Cabernet Sauvignon ($65), as in Tyler Florence, with the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, is a rich, balanced varietal. Cassis-laden, and a match for grilled steak and roast lamb.
Mega-merlot: the 2009 Duckhorn Napa Valley Three Palms Merlot ($85), rife with red fruits and the vineyard's textbook mineral notes. Expect it to age gracefully. For immediate imbibing, decant this one.
Big: the 2009 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars CASK 23 Cabernet Sauvignon ($210), a terrific cab, complex, concentrated, generous with red and black fruit, depth and subtlety. It will mature for a decade-plus.