In the run-up to Thanksgiving, Howard Goldberg, writing in the New York Times, recommended a French apple cider, Eric Bordelet Sydre ''Argelette," as an alternative pairing for Turkey. The bold, golden apple cider is excellent, but so is another of Mr. Bordelet's offerings, Eric Bordelet Poiré "Granit," a sparkling cider made from pears. Much drier than the apple version, the pear cider is made in Normandy from the the fruit of trees grown in a soil composed of granite. The cider is akin to a sparkling wine or champagne infused with the crispness and subtle sweetness of pear.
Eric Bordelet Poiré "Granit" is $17.99 at Nancy's Wines for Food, 313 Columbus Avenue (212.877.4040).