5 Tips to Pick Wines for Thanksgiving

    No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving. Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the table. But actually choosing a bottle can feel like a thankless task, especially with so many flavors to match. Relax. Have a drink. And try some of my suggestions for great wines to pair with Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings th ...

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      Remi Dufaitre (Beaujolais)

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      Matching Cheese and Wine

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      Matching Cheese and Wine

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      Yvon Métras (Beaujolais)

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