If you have a book on your wine reference shelf called “The Perfect Wines For Thanksgiving Dinner” you should probably burn it. If you check a dozen authoritative sources on what wine to serve on Thanksgiving, you’ll probably get a dozen answers, naming – in different combinations – every varietal, style, and appellation known to man. Amongst those answers though, one consistent truth comes through, which is that there IS no perfect wine for the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. What wine could possibly be a perfect match for a dinner that features turkey, ham, cranberries, heavily herbed stuffing, potatoes with gravy, and the dreaded green bean casserole, baked yams with marshmallows, or aunt Marge’s legendary suspended fruit Jell-O? The most realistic answer to this question is: don’t select wines that will be lost in the riot. Loosen up a bit, drink what you LIKE to drink, and use common sense. And common sense in this case suggests wines that are lighter, and perhaps less complex. Which in our opinion suggests a broad variety of whites, especially a Riesling, Gewurztraminer, or even wines that you would typically reserve for dessert, like a Beeren Auslese (see below). And for reds, a Pinot Noir or maybe a nice Rhone (we have about 50). Another nice idea is to pick a lighter, not-too-dry sparkler, which can find its way through a variety of foods, and is a great palate cleanser. And of course don’t forget the versatile and fresh fruitiness of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, or for that matter any other Beaujolais. David, the store’s general manager, has selected a few good values below, but we have over 2500 wines on hand, so stop by the store or use the search box at the top of the page to help you ponder. But most of all, have an enjoyable Thanksgiving feast! Dave’s picks below.