(BPT) - For holiday entertaining, there's so much advice out there — but the truth is, some rules about how to pair food with wine may not be as hard and fast as it may seem. A lot depends on the exact wine you're serving, as well as the kinds of herbs and spices used in cooking.

For example, the commonplace assertion that a stronger, more full-bodied wine must always be served with heavier, fattier meats does not mean you can't pair red wine with your Thanksgiving meal. If you love a good cabernet sauvignon, your holiday meal can be enhanced with some flavorful additions and exciting new recipes.