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Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

  • POSTED Oct 30th, 2023
  • BY Todd Templin, CSW

The most American of dishes, turkey can be a fun challenge when pairing wine! When selecting, consider how you are preparing the turkey and stuffing. 

THE BOLD BIRD If you add some spice to your turkey seasoning and are opting for a more flavorful stuffing, you have complexity on your side, opening the door to Italian reds or southern French blends. TRY THIS: Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato DOC

THE STANDARD ROUTE If you enjoy a more classic turkey prep, a nice Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling will work well, but don’t forget lighter reds, such as Pinot Noir and Beaujolais. TRY THIS: De Stefani Prosecco DOC, Château de Cary Potet Montagny Les Bassets White Burgundy, Matthew Fritz Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands, and Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling.

FLAVORFUL TWISTS If you choose an aggressive stuffing or a flavorful profile not listed above, the possibilities are even greater as you can pair a wine to match the food—Merlot, Nebbiolo, or Zinfandel are some nice bets. TRY THIS: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot or Vietti Barbera d'Asti. 


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