April 3, 2017
Wine Pairings with Your Turkey Dinner Feast
Festive Feast Pairings
Turkey graces the table at many different festive occasions. Although it is accompanied by a spread of rich side dishes – the poultry is ultimately the star of the show and should guide your wine choice. Turkey is a very lean meat. Just as we try to avoid cooking dry turkey, so too should we avoid dry wines.
Generally, rounded, soft, “buttery” and voluptuous wine styles go best. We suggest staying away from highly tannic wines and aim for deep fruit-driven wines.
Pinot Gris: Pinot Gris from Alsace, France or Canada is the ultimate choice. Pinot Gris adds a little ginger spice and ripe pear notes that will complement the flavours of each bite. It is also a crowd pleaser that is not too dry and not too sweet.
Chardonnay: This is the safe bet from a pairing perspective but can be a polarizing wine style for a crowd. A big, rich, buttery oaky Chardonnay with its creamy smooth texture will envelope that turkey and make it velvety smooth and über moist. The apple flavours perfectly complement all those savoury sides.
Chenin Blanc: Chenin Blanc may be off your radar, but a sweeter Chenin makes for an exciting pairing. Loads of stone fruit expressions and great acidity.
Pinot Noir: Easily one of the most versatile red wines when it comes to pairings. Look for a ripe, plush new world style. A Pinot Noir will mimic your cranberry sauce with its freshness, acidity and intense red fruit. Earthy undertones add a nice level of complexity.
Zinfandel, Grenache and Mourvedre (Monastrell): We have grouped these, as all three offer fruit-forward, jammy wine styles with low tannins and even lower acidity. These soft, luscious and altogether round wines will coat the turkey in a velvety texture.
Sparkling Shiraz: Say what? Turn heads and delight guests with a sparkling Shiraz. The bubbles help cleanse the palate and keep things fresh, while the wine is full of bright red fruit and blackberry fruit to give that sweet and savoury combo we all love. And bubbles are always festive!