Actually it's the Beaujolais Nouveau that has arrived. Like Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk waiting for the chance to see his name in the white pages, winos all over the world mark their calendars for the third Thursday of November and the release of the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau.
And I do mean "Nouveau." Most Beaujolais is ready to drink within two months of harvest, meaning you either think it's like eating the freshest fish in Destin, or as Karen McNeill comments, it's like eating cookie dough that's not done baking yet. The Wine Chap has this and their other Thanksgiving-appropriate wines as well as a list of their inventory of wines from the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2009 on their helpful website. Pop the cork over here for some good advice.
If you're in a drinking mood after fighting for the last free-range turkey at Whole Foods (back off, I'm coming through!), stop by Corrieri's Formaggeria on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. to sample some of Vinea's suggestions for holiday wines. Whether you like to cut through all the butter with some sweet Rieslings or complement your bird with some silky Pinot Noirs, it looks like they'll have a great selection of wines for a nominal $5 tasting fee.
Finally, don't forget to pick up this week's print edition of the Nashville Scene for my holiday wine gifting suggestions. Or I guess you could just click here, but then you'd miss out on some of the pretty pictures. Remember, by law liquor stores must close on Thanksgiving, so remember to shop early before the family stress level peaks!