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Sip Tips: Say "No Way" to Standard Turkey Day Beaujolais

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As Thanksgiving gets closer and Beaujolais becomes ubiquitous in wine stores and supermarket check-out lanes all over Los Angeles, we're craving something - anything - other this holiday season. This is Los Angeles after all, land of secret doors leading to secret bars with secret drinks served by secret drink agents. Surely we can do better than standard Beaujolais this year.To point us in an entirely new direction, we checked in with LA's own Ian Blackburn of Learn About Wine. He tipped us off to a well-priced Gamay and Pinot Noir blend from Burgundy called Passetoutgrain. Though it may sound snooty, Ian insists it will do the trick. "It's got the guts of a Pinot and the berry forwardness of a Beaujolais," says Blackburn. "It allows you to drink a fun wine now that otherwise might need a few years."

Several wine shops in Los Angeles from The Wine House to Wally's toLarchmont Village Wine & Cheese to Woodland Hills Wine Company carry or can order Passetoutgrain for you from several great producers.

At roughly $25 a bottle, this on-the-downlow wine is still rather on the DL. Shhhh. If you manage to taste it and you love it this Thanksgiving, stock up before it gains mainstream cred and requires a secret hand-off to secure more.