Evening Land “Celebration” Gamay Noir 2007
Critics' Choice Red (Eola-Amity Hills; $20)
Perfect pairings: Ojai Roast Turkey with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic and Cranberry Port Sauce
Why they work: The cornerstone grape of Beaujolais, France, Gamay Noir makes a light-bodied, lively wine. Evening Land’s “Celebration” ― one of the few versions of it on the West Coast ―is earthy and peppery, with beautiful dried cherry flavors and whiffs of flowers.
Fresh and aromatic, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving wine, for a match across the board with herby turkey and gravy all the way to tangy cranberry sauce.