shutterstock_519737785Keep politics out of the table talk this Thanksgiving.

Everyone is focused on Thanksgiving, the big feast and, yes, politics. Everyone is plotting how to keep the holiday dinner from being a political nightmare. What does one do when you have staunch republicans and feisty democrats at one table?

Simple. Just keep the wine talk flowing.

Here’s a winning strategy. Just have some favorite bottlings on the table and when someone starts to filibuster or a nasty argument begins to fester, just point to the wine and say, have you tried such and such?

Here are a few lovely peace-keepers:

  • Garnet Vineyards, 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, $35.
  • “The Whole Shebang! Cuvee 10 at $10.
  • The Chandon NV California Brut Classic at $22.

Just put your faith in the wine because if it’s tasty enough, it will not only serve as a distraction … it will be the main course in your table talk.

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For wine geeks, here are detailed tasting notes on the bottlings:

Garnet Vineyards, 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, $35. A treat for Thanksgiving because it’s a bright and lively food wine. It trumpets tangy red fruit – cherry and strawberry – with notes of mineral and white pepper. Lovely.

“The Whole Shebang! Cuvee 10 at $10. With Cotes du Rhone as it model, this blend has tangy red fruit with crisp acid and a spicy finish. It’s approachable yet layered and sophisticated, a remarkable red for the price.

The Chandon NV California Brut Classic at $22. The Brut Classic is citrusy with notes of apple, pear and spice. It manages to be balanced with bright acid keeping the sparkler’s creamy texture in check.