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Thanksgiving Food and Drink Pairings

Everyday Food, November 2010

The array of flavors at the holiday dinner can make choosing the right wine tricky. Please every palate with a red and a white -- and a great brew for beer drinkers.

Red Wine
Like cranberry sauce, a fruity Merlot can bring out the best in savory dishes, such as stuffing. Ask your wine seller for a light-bodied one, which will work well with the heavy meal. For a smooth sip, look for an alcohol content that doesn't exceed 13 percent.

White Wine
Fume Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc that's often aged in oak barrels, is just rich enough to complement the roasted turkey in this fall feast. It's at its best just slightly chilled, so take it out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before pouring.

Beer
Pop open a Belgian pale ale. Its carbonation will be refreshing with dark turkey meat and gravy, while the mildly sweet, toasted-malt overtones pair nicely with the caramelized flavors in roasted vegetables.