Skip the Nouveau and go for a Cru Beaujolais that is virtually the same price and, frankly, much better wine. The La Trinquee Julienas is a well-balanced offering that will go well with holiday turkey and most all of the trimmings. The wine has a fresh strawberry fruitiness with a floral component, perhaps rose petal. Still, the time this wine gets in the barrel gives it enough of a finish that you’re not left with just a mouthful of fruit. It has a silky texture and should please both regular wine drinkers and occasional tipplers at your Thanksgiving table.

WHO: Georges Duboeuf
WHAT: Gamay
WHERE: Beaujolais, Julienas, France
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $14

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