If you’re into wine, you have to love Thanksgiving. There’s no gifts, no egg hunts and no dressing up. Thanksgiving is about food, family and a good bottle of vino.

Though roast turkey is the star, it isn’t your main concern when it comes to a liquid marriage with your festive feast. Side dishes influence the table more.

As grapes go, pinot noir is a classic match on the red side (think California) with chardonnay (one that’s not too oaky from France or Canada) topping my list of whites.

If you want to think outside the bottle, a spicy white grape like gewürztraminer is a great alternative.

 

In red, France’s Beaujolais region is famous for its gamay-based wines with a rich, berry-fruited version like the strikingly packaged Georges Duboeuf 2010 Brouilly ($16.95 - $22.49) meaty enough to meet the turkey head on and soothing enough to make nice with all the fixings.

Prices reflect the range across Canada. Some products may not be available in all provinces.

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