I'll prepare a charcoal fire, move the coals to either side of the grill, place an aluminum pan half filled with water between the coals and then place the bird directly above the water and grill for about 3 1/2 hours.
There will also be the usual Thanksgiving dinner accompaniments of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, peas and mushrooms and pearl onions along with freshly baked rolls and pumpkin pie. Of course, cranberry relish will also make an appearance, as will the following special wines.
To get everyone in the proper mood, I'll open a bottle or two of Domain Chandon Blanc de Noirs as an aperitif. Then I will decant into separate carafes a 2007 Schlumberger Alsatian Riesling along with a 2008 Domaine Serene Evenstad Pinot Noir to accompany the meal. I think it's fun to experiment with both wines and discuss the relative merits of each with various components of the meal.
For a dessert of pumpkin pie, I will open a bottle of 2005 Two Hands For Love or Money (a late-harvest Semillon from Australia). This wine rivals the storied sauternes of France and is infused with apricot and honeyed sweetness and just a touch of the "noble rot" so sought after in great late-harvest wines.
By the way, all of the wines mentioned here were purchased locally.
After such a meal, it is prudent to take a slow walk around the neighborhood before plopping down on the couch in a tryptophan-induced coma to watch football or old James Bond movies.
For more on the art and craft of wine, visit John Brown's Vines & Vittles blog at thegazz.com.