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It’s time again for that mishmash of holiday foods all on one table. I always drink American, so here are some basic styles that will be able to flex across all your flavors. 

Starting with bubbles, try Domaine Carneros Late Disgorged Brut ($58). Aged for six years on the lees in the bottle, it has a bit more complexity and nuttiness. 

Chardonnay goes with a lot of what you’ll have on your table, from white turkey meat to rich side dishes. Look to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, like this Willakenzie($32).

Two really good ones if you want to go with a lighter Pinot Noir! Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills ($35) is taut, tangy cranberry and light black cherry. Delicious. And Dobbes Grand Assemblage ($32) from Willamette is perfect light black cherry, touch of cranberry, juicy on the finish, flavor rolls all the way down your tongue.

If you do need a heavier red, try a Bordeaux blend like Gentleman Farmer Red Wine ($77). They’re a small-production winery in Napa that they describe as the “small farmstand on the side of the road that you may pass without noticing.” Well take notice of the Merlot-dominant wine is full of blackberry and light cocoa. 

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