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A Red to go with Roasted Chicken Thighs and Delicata Squash?

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We had a superb Riesling to go with Melissa Clark's recipe in the NY Times the other night; but fussy guests are coming this weekend, one of whom doesn't care for white wines. Especially not Rieslings.
So what red to serve? A Pinot Noir? If so, whose? (Our wine budget doesn't run above $20.00 and preferably under.) Any other suggestions?
(The dish has LOTS of flavor and a touch of sweetness becuz a reduced maple syrup is part of it.)

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  1. Cotes-du-Rhone. From Delas or Feraud-Brunel.

    1. A Gamay would work as well.

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      1. re: JAB

        Yes, good suggestion. A Beaujolais from 2009 or 2010 would have some "stuffing" to go with the strength of flavors.

      2. How about a Kiwi Pinot Noir, there's some great quality wine around and bang for buck beats Burgundy hands down in my opinion. Should go well with the squash.

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        1. re: ChuckH21

          In the event we went with a New Zealand Pinot Noir, Crossings, and it did go very well with the squash. Not to mention the chicken. Thanks.