• Go to a local winery this weekend, sample, and buy what you like to drink. Why not extend the Locavore movement to wines, too? You can find most of the Miami Valley's wineries in this winery guide. But don't overlook JW's Wine Cellar at 724 E. Main St. in Trotwood, especially if you and your family like wines with some sweetness and other fruit flavors. The winery recently added Mango, Elderberry and Apple Twist wines to its lineup.
• Head to your local wine shop and ask for advice. The folks who work in our local wine shops are not snobs — they will help steer you to what you want, in the price range you want. And the wine shops have been on the lookout for deals. Here's an example: Rumbleseat Wine at 5853 Far Hills Ave. in Washington Twp. this week touted in its customer email newsletter a "Thanksgiving Day Bargain Hunter Wine:" a 2010 Joelle Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast that had an original market price of $54.99 but which is now available as a vintage close-out for $19.99.
• Or, stop by the Wine Gallery Wine Shop & Bistro at 5 W. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton tonight, Nov. 15, after work for the shop's anniversary tasting. At least 20 wines will be available for sampling, allowing attendees to taste before they buy for Thanksgiving dinner. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Samples are priced individually, based on the cost of the bottle.
Now THAT’S how to choose Thanksgiving dinner wines!