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A glass of Pinot NoirAs you probably know, the popularity of Pinot Noir has really exploded in the last several years. But what a lot of people don’t know is how much fun it can be to explore how differently this grape behaves depending on where it’s grown. A French Burgundy may taste quite different than a Pinot Noir produced in California, which may also taste unlike one from Oregon.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to showcase the versatility of Pinot Noir. It goes well with all the flavors of the day—turkey, stuffing, cranberries—you name it. I recommend purchasing a bottle or two from each region (depending on how many guests you’re serving) and taking advantage of the holiday to sample each one. You could try a Louis Jadot Burgundy from France and a Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley or Santa Lucia Highlands in California or one from Oregon.

Everyone at your table may like a different one—that’s part of what’s fun about wine—trying something different and discovering a new wine you love. You and your guests will enjoy sampling new wines and learning about your own palates.

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