When it comes to selecting wines for Thanksgiving dinner, we follow just one rule: Relax and don’t overthink it. The array of dishes on the table will be too numerous for course-by-course wine pairings, so why not uncork a variety of sips? For the holiday, we like wines with bright fruit and lively acidity that provide lift to rich, comforting fare. Here are three American bottles so decision-making on this very American holiday is a cinch.
Corvidae “Lenore” Columbia Valley Syrah 2009
Named for the maiden in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” this handsomely crafted Washington State red features berry aromas on the nose and ripe plum on the palate. Around $15. At Winestone, Chestnut Hill, 617-264-0393; The Wine Emporium, Boston, 617-536-5545.