Here are some sensational versions of the Thanksgiving wines recommended by Bjornholm and Pierce.
Mirabelle Brut by Schramsberg, nonvintage (California; $19). Schramsberg was one of the first sparkling-wine makers in California, and is still one of the best. Mirabelle, the “little sister” of its more expensive bottles, is terrific for the price.
Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen “Eroica” Riesling 2004 (Columbia Valley, WA; $22). A partnership between one of Washington’s largest wineries and one of Germany’s most famous vintners results in the best Riesling in the state.
Gundlach Bundschu Rhinefarm Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2003 (Sonoma Valley; $22). Long and lush, with beautiful hints of rose petals, spices, gingerbread, and litchis.
Runquist Massoni Ranch Zinfandel 2002 (Amador County, CA; $22). Liquid jam, with beautifully ripe blackberry and black cherry flavors and a silky texture.
Morgan Grenache/Syrah 2003 (Monterey, CA; $14). Full of wild violets, black licorice, cherry jam, dark chocolate, and espresso. If your turkey is boldly seasoned, this is the red to match.