[image-1] When it comes to prepping the largest meal of the year, wine is arguably more important than turkey — no amount of succulent, roasted meat will dull the roar of Aunt Carol’s outdated views, but the right bottle of vino? Now that brings everyone together. Here’s where to try before you buy at area wine retailers and bars around town:

Wine & Company
Tues. Nov. 20
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wine & Co. turns their weekly tasting into a Thanksgiving themed event with five wines perfect for Turkey Day.

The Daily
Tues. Nov. 20 (2-5 p.m.) & Wed. Nov. 21 (1-4 p.m.)
Nick Alison of McCarus Beverage Company is at The Daily on Tues. starting at 2 p.m. with wines from Domaine de L’Ecu. On Wed. Brian Reese of Grassroots Wine Wholesalers will be at the store starting at 1 p.m. with a selection of wines from Grassroots.

goat.sheep.cow and goat.sheep.cow.north
Wed. Nov. 21
11 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Church St.) 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Meeting St.)
McCarus Beverage Co. will be in-house to offer wine purchasing guidance.

Edmund’s Oast Exchange
Wed. Nov. 21
1-3 p.m.
Satisfy all your wine needs at EOX on Turkey Day eve starting at 1 p.m. with a free tasting of Thanksgiving inspired wines. Life Raft Treats will be in the shop from 3 to 7 p.m. with pints and pies available for last-minute T-giving treats and the shop will also have their regular Wine Bar Wednesday programming (5-9 p.m.) That means $6 glasses of special wine, plus cheese and charcuterie available for purchase to pair with your vino. There will also be a blind tasting flight of wines for $15, and complimentary glasses of sparkling wine served to customers all day.