Monday, November 9, 2009

Serving Wine with Turkey on Thanksgiving

Many people love to throw Thanksgiving dinner parties for their friends and family. Turkey is the classic fall meal, having been enjoyed for centuries with fresh harvest vegetables for Thanksgiving. People around the world are enjoying and celebrating a good harvest by eating fresh crops like squash, potatoes, corn, cranberry, along with turkey, venison, and fresh fish. But, they may avoid serving wine because they don't know exactly what to serve. Which wine would go well with Turkey is a question which comes up often.

Turkey pairs well with both red or white wine depending on what you and your guests like. Turkey is adaptable and the way it cooked as well as other dishes really dictate what wine to pair it with.

Hickory Farms Coupons and DealsIf you're normally a red wine drinker, then try a Pinot Noir to go with Turkey. It's a lighter colored and flavored red wine. It'll have a bit fuller flavor than white wine choices you might make but will match quite well with the meal. It has little tannin so it will not overpower the taste of meal. There are various good brands of Pinot Noir from California, Burgundy from France and also some from Oregon. Find a known brand name and enjoy the meal.

Serving it very lightly and chilled means cellar temperature. Put it into refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving, it'll bring out the fruit and reduce a bit of the alcohol bite. Shiraz and Fruitier Merlot’s are also preferred by many people. A couple of good brands are Camelot Pinot Noir and Sterling Vineyards Winery Lake Pinot Noir.


Gift Tree Coupons and DealsIf you prefer dry white wines, then try Chardonnay, it would be the most natural choice for a match with Turkey. Other good ones are Pinot Grigio, a Viognier or White Burgundy from France. A Viognier has a floral, peach, apricot, pear, fruity flavor. Riesling is also a best choice among German wines. If you want a less sweet variety then one can go for ‘Kabinett’ and if you like a sweeter taste then you can go for Spatlese.

If you like wine with a little sweetness, than prefer White Zinfandel or many of German wines. They're great for a turkey feast. One of the good wines can be Vouvray. This is a widely available wine from the Loire River region in France. Vouvray has a nice fruit taste with a whisper of sweetness.

Other than these, you can go for sparkling wine that enhances the taste of turkey as well as brings a festive note to the meal. Another thing which is important consideration while choosing a wine with turkey is how you're going to serve the meal. It can be fried, grilled, roasted, smoked properly. Say you're having fried turkey then go for some lighter wine like Cortese or a sparkling Cava or Barbara.

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