11/23/2011 10:06 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings From a Frenchman, of Course!

Most of us love Thanksgiving and all those culinary delights. However, pairing wines can be difficult because there are so many side dishes, with different flavors from savory to sweet. No need to get your apron all in a bunch, we've got you all covered!

I'm not a wine expert and I don't play one on TV, but I know people. That's why I called in the big guns for their expert advice on what to serve with your Thanksgiving meal. I called my friends at The Georges V in Paris for their wine recommendations suitable for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Why did I ask a Frenchman? Easy. These gentlemen know food and wine like nobody else. They make these choices every day. Besides, as a longstanding team member at a hotel of that caliber, they are accustomed to serving sophisticated, jet-setter guests with discriminating palates. A misstep on a wine recommendation here would be not only disastrous, but also extremely unlikely. I want you to have that same experience in your own home. According to Eric Beaumard, restaurant director at The Georges V, here are a few recommendations that are (surprisingly) very affordable!

Et Voila!

Sparkling Wine Brut - Roederer Estat
California Pinot Noir - Au Bon Climat
Australian White Wine - Noble One de Bortoli 2006

If you are unable to find these wines, any good wine shop manager should be able to give you a suitbale alternative. If you have your own wine recommendations, please feel free to share them -- I always love hearing other people's favorites. At the end of the day, choosing a Thanksgiving Day wine is truly about what you prefer, what you can afford and what your guests will enjoy. There are no "set in stone" turkey pairing rules, just plenty of options to experiment with and see what works best for you and yours.

I love Thanksgiving, and there is always so much to be grateful for. Today, I'm thankful I have the hookup in Paris.



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