Not all those who wander are lost. Not all classics are boring. If you’re craving a rustic Rhone blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvedre that shines with iconic Paso Robles charm, this is your no-brainer pick for Thanksgiving and beyond. Earthy and subtle, with extremely soft tannins and a hit of cranberry and black pepper kick, it will certainly please a crowd this holiday (or your sweetie on a chill date night). When a wine is this versatile and universally appealing, it really doesn’t matter how, when, or where you enjoy it. Just make sure that you do.
• Zenaida Cellars 2014 Wanderlust GSM—$42; 1550 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles.
Do you despise Black Friday? Same. But you can still get a pretty good deal at Eureka! the Friday after Thanksgiving. Start the morning off with a spicy bloody mary or three (the chain is known for its bacon jalapeño bloodies). While some craft bloodies will set you back up to $15 (sometimes more), this one’s only $5 on this consumer-happy “holiday.” That’s a gosh-darned bargain! And no, you don’t have to fight to the death for the last one, either.
• Eureka’s ‘Black Friday’ Bloody Mary—$5; 1141 Chorro St., SLO.
Hayley Thomas Cain is still sad she never snagged a Tickle Me Elmo. Send your drink picks to firstname.lastname@example.org.