What to drink on Thanksgiving

We asked experts at some of the city's best booze shops to pick the perfect bottle to pair with your Turkey Day spread.

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    Whiskey: Corsair Triple Smoke
    "This bottle is America's answer to the smoky Islay whiskeys [of Scotland]. It's made with portions of malted barley that have been smoked over cherrywood, beechwood and peat. You get these really savory, earthy flavors that I crave in fall. We eat smoked turkey at my house, so the peatiness is a good match, but it can stand up to any spice and salt your Thanksgiving spread throws at it."---Tara Mathison, spirits buyer at Heights Chateau. 123 Atlantic Ave between Clinton and Henry Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-330-0963). 750ml bottle $47.

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    White wine: 2010 Sandhi Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
    "Go with something domestic for Thanksgiving: Chardonnay is a versatile grape that will pair well with many of the eclectic dishes you might find on the table. A lot of California chardonnays can be a bit syrupy and fatiguing, but the Sandhi is creamy and rich yet pure as mineral water, with a great refreshing acidity. That zip will keep you coming back for more, which is crucial when you're stuck at the table for hours with Aunt Ida."---Stephen Bitterolf, wine director at Crush Wine & Spirits. 153 E 57th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-980-9463). 750ml bottle $27.95.

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    Red wine: 2010 Nicole Chanrion Cte de Brouilly
    "Magnum formats [are] impressive for your guests---or for your host if you bring one as a gift---and they provide greater [bang for your buck]. The Cte de Brouilly has red currant and strawberry notes, with a touch of green peppercorn. It's light to medium in body, with juicy acidity, which helps keep the palate fresh for a long meal featuring many flavors."---Scott Pactor, owner of Appellation Wine & Spirits. 156 Tenth Ave between 19th and 20th Sts (212-741-9474). 1,500ml bottle $42.

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    Cider: Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider
    "It's really exciting to see the resurgence of locally made, artisanal ciders right now. There are some great sweeter ciders you could serve as aperitifs on Thanksgiving, like Autumn's Gold from Eve's Cider, but this one from Farnum Hill [in New Hampshire] has earthy tannins that beg for a leg of roast bird or a serving of ham. Savory food will help bring out its complexity, and the sparkling dryness has a palate-cleansing effect."---Valerie Corbin, assistant wine buyer at Astor Wine & Spirits. 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml bottle $12.96.

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    Beer: Anchorage Brewing Company Love Buzz Saison
    "Anchorage Brewing [in Alaska] just started distributing to New York pretty recently, and this is their interpretation of a Belgian saison. [The beer] is spiced with rose hips and orange peel, then matured in pinot noir barrels. It's slightly tart, and I think it's really versatile with the savory parts of the traditional Thanksgiving feast. There's a delicate and peppery bitterness that's balanced---it won't dominate, but it'll stand up well to rich foods."---Justin Philips, owner of Beer Table Pantry. Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage, Lexington Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts (212-922-0008). 750ml bottle $22.

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Whiskey: Corsair Triple Smoke
"This bottle is America's answer to the smoky Islay whiskeys [of Scotland]. It's made with portions of malted barley that have been smoked over cherrywood, beechwood and peat. You get these really savory, earthy flavors that I crave in fall. We eat smoked turkey at my house, so the peatiness is a good match, but it can stand up to any spice and salt your Thanksgiving spread throws at it."---Tara Mathison, spirits buyer at Heights Chateau. 123 Atlantic Ave between Clinton and Henry Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-330-0963). 750ml bottle $47.

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