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Wondering what wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? One that will go down easy alongside everything from oysters Rockefeller soup to fried turkey to cranberry sauce and yams? Look to the south of France for this wine, which exhibits both power, finesse and, above all, great balance and structure. The grapes are a blend of 50 percent Grenache Noir, 30 percent Mouvedre and 20 percent Syrah, sourced from hillside vineyards in the tiny village of Nizas, where they're shielded from the fierce winds of the Mistral in Provence and Roussillon's often blustery rampage. With just a swirl, hints of the garrigue (the underbrush where aromas of dried native herbs like juniper, thyme and rosemary emanate) join delicate red fruit scents and spice notes. On the palate, this well-crafted wine offers wonderful complexity and good acidity. Versatile and delicious both as an aperitif and with roasted meats, fowl and game or with lighter style foods. Where to buy it: Dorignac's. Where to drink it: Emeril's. (Listings current at press time.) -- Brenda Maitland

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