The Thanksgiving challenge: What goes with everything on the table?
Quick answer: Beaujolais.
Consider the 2012 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly ($20-$25), a limber, refreshing, adaptable choice, with plenty of red fruit; the 2012 Domaine de Boischampt Juliénas ($15-$20), with lots of strawberry, and traces of vanilla and spice; or the full-flavored 2011 Stephane Aviron Chenas Vielles Vignes ($15- $20), plummy, creamy and floral.
If your roast turkey is stuffed with, for example, sausage and chestnuts, look for pinot noir or red zinfandel. Drinking white, chardonnay and riesling suit it. So do many sparkling wines.
The 2012 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir ($45) is a bright Russian River Valley wine, fragrant and fruity, with hints of spice and cherry. The same region and vintage's Gary Farrell chardonnay ($35) is a creamy, meticulous number, with apple and citrus. The 2013 Wild Horse Central Coast Pinot Noir ($20) offers cherry, strawberry, spice.
Four 2012 zinfandels from Edmeades come through with berry and cherry notes. They're $31 each. Edmeades' Gianoli Ranch zin adds earthiness and pepperiness; the Perli Vineyard, spice and smokiness; the Piffero Vineyard, more cherry and concentrated fruit; and the Shamrock Vineyard, herbs and smoke.
The 2013 Helfrich Riesling ($17) is crisp and fruity, a white doing double duty as a sipper or with turkey dinner. The sparkling Helfrich Crémant d'Alsace Brut ($22) could be imbibed contentedly start to finish. Likewise, the versatile 2013 Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara ($15).