\u201cThanksgiving is the best wine day of the year,\u201d Jim Winston declared. Winston was at DB Fine Wines in New Canaan conducting the store\u2019s annual Thanksgiving wine tasting.\u00a0 \u201cIt's a day for good wines,\u201d he said, just not the very best. His example: Rather than serving Beaucastel Ch\u00e2teauneuf-du-Pape at $130 a bottle, open Coudoulet de Beaucastel ($30) from vineyards just across the road for $100 less. He then led us through twelve wines that would be excellent partners with the traditional feast.\u00a0 The core of the Thanksgiving menu is well established \u2014 turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and \u2014 well you know the rest. Each table has its own family traditions or recent innovations that include a range of ingredients and flavors. Delicious as dinner may be, picking a wine that will drink well with all that culinary diversity can be a challenge. Red or white, every day or special, American or imported, sparkling or still \u2013 the choices go on.\u00a0 Wine professionals don\u2019t always agree on this question, but they certainly have opinions. Seeking guidance, I reached out to industry insiders for some ideas in addition to Winston\u2019s side by side tasting. A Connecticut wine fits in well with the origins of Thanksgiving. At Aquila\u2019s Nest Vineyards in Newtown, owner Neviana Zhgaba recommended their Zana e Malit dry Riesling ($29.75), bursting with the aromas and flavors of white peach, apricot, citrus blossom and lime.\u00a0 Six generations have worked the land at Jones Family Farms in the rolling White Hills of Shelton. In his turn, Jamie Jones added winemaking to the mix. White Lotus ($25), an Alsatian-style aromatic blend and the bright Lakeside Riesling ($20) are both recommended for a roast bird.\u00a0 Those are the kinds of wine that I can see on the table: fruit-driven, aromatic, and refreshing.\u00a0 JoAnn LoGiurato of Stew Leonard\u2019s Wines in Norwalk and Julia Menn of Wines and More in Milford are on the same page, both suggesting a fresh and floral Vermentino. LoGiurato recommends Chat au Ch\u00e2teau White ($15), a Vermentino blend from Provence. Menn likes Aia Vecchia Vermentino ($16) from Tuscany. Menn favors fragrant and food-friendly Riesling including Heyl Zu Herrnsheim German Riesling ($20) and Pierre Sparr Riesling ($19) from Alsace.\u00a0 Red wines can work just as well. Wine Director Kathleen Standridge of The Shipwright's Daughter in Mystic suggests Giovanni Rosso Barbera d\u2019Alba, Donna Margherita ($20). She finds it, \u201cexceptionally versatile with a medium-full body, dark fruit, sour cherry notes, and fine and elegant tannins \u2013 a winner across the board.\u201d Beaujolais, like Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Terres Dor\u00e9es, l'Ancien ($19) on LoGurato\u2019s list of recommendations, is a good red-wine fit.\u00a0 Matt Wallman at Ancona\u2019s Wines in Wilton and Ridgefield highlighted La Kiuva, Arnad Rouge de Vall\u00e9e ($15), from the Valle d'Aosta in the Italian Alps. He described it as "light on its feet yet remarkably complex,\u201d the kind of wine that appeals to me.\u00a0 At the DB Wines tasting, Winston focused on chardonnay and pinot noir. His favorite red was a strawberry scented Gilles Coperet Beaujolais ($23) from the village of Morgon. Full-flavored Domaine des Terres Dor\u00e9es, Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($28) was richer and more full-bodied, an excellent partner with turkey. The only Sauvignon Blanc in the tasting, Domaine de Village, C\u00f4teaux du Giennois Rive Droite ($16), was Jim\u2019s favorite white and a top pick for me, its bright fruit and crisp finish just right for the holiday table. Georges Blanc, Fleur d\u2019Azenay M\u00e2con Villages 2017 ($28) was rich and robust, comparable to much pricier white Burgundy. I could easily imagine the straw-colored, complex wine holding its own on Turkey day.\u00a0 There\u2019s pretty wide agreement that well-oaked California chardonnay, big time Napa cab or all-American zinfandel will overpower the Thanksgiving fixings. Lighter, fruitier wines with some acid and lower alcohol are a good bet for the big-deal meal. Red, white or sparkling almost anything can work. If you have a big enough crowd, put out several bottles and see which one empties first.\u00a0 Frank Whitman can be reached at NotBreadAloneFW@gmail.com.