Like I said the other day, every wine writer has to do a "what wine works best with Thanksgiving dinner" story or column and Eric Asimov of the New York Times is no different.

What I love seeing, however, is the wine Eric and his tasting panel chose as the best pairing wine of their tasting — Shinn Estate Vineyards 2003 Merlot (See my review).

Both that merlot and their "Red" (a merlot-heavy blend) are terrific food wines. Of course, co-owner David Page is a well-known chef (he and Barbara Shinn also own Home restaurant in Manhattan), so that the wines are food friendly isn’t a surprise.

Read Eric’s story for more information on this and other Thanksgiving pairing options.