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.
Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2011
This New York white offers yellow apple and petrol (a good scent akin to earthy aromas), with green apple, citrus pith, and appetizing minerality. Around $17. At Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, Cambridge, 617-225-0040; Lower Falls Wine Company, Newton, 617-332-3000.
Montinore Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
This red is light and lithe in body with cherry and a touch of earth. This young Oregon beauty blooms upon decanting. Around $20. At Wine & Cheese Cask, Somerville, 617-623-8656; Colonial Spirits, Acton, 978-263-7775.
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