Pairing Turkey with White Wine

Pairing Turkey with White Wine

thanksgiving_01As we gather around the table this holiday to give thanks for the year, it’s always nice to soften the blow from whatever crazy Uncle Harry has to say with a couple of glasses of wine. Here are some of our Thanksgiving white suggestions to go with the turkey, stuffing, cranberry and fun. Happy Turkey Day everyone!

CHÂTEAU CHAUBINET Blanc 2013 (Bordeaux) $16
Rich, smooth and fresh, this sauvignon blanc is the perfect first bottle to open. It not only pairs well with turkey, but the fixings, too: it’s a solid match with green beans and shallots, green salad, and roasted potatoes with herbs.

S.A. PRÜM Essence Riesling 2013 (Mosel) $9
This aromatic, fruity, off-dry riesling has low alcohol and high acidity, which is the perfect balance to the heaviness and rich dishes of Thanksgiving dinner. This is a slightly more sweet than dry riesling so bring on the sweet potatoes and marshmallows, and, of course, cranberry sauce.

MARVELOUS YELLOW 2012 (Western Cape, South Africa) $15
This delicious multi-varietal blend (chenin blanc, chardonnay, and viognier) is the international collaboration of South African winemaker Adam Mason, chef Peter Templehoff, and U.S. wine investor Charles Banks (think: Screaming Eagle and Qupé). It’s extremely versatile and a perfect refresher for a heavy dinner. Plus, East Coasters who, um, cheat (we won’t tell), by ordering a fully prepped turkey dinner from Fresh Direct will be happy to know they can get this wine in their delivery.

RUCA MALEN Brut non-vintage (Uco Valley, Argentina) $36
Start the holiday celebration as soon as your guests walk in the door with a glass of bubbles. A perfect alternative to Champagne, this elegant, creamy chardonnay-based sparkling wine from Argentina is pretty in the glass with its ever-so-slight orange hue. Great with hors d’oeuvres before the bird comes out of the oven or as the continuous pour throughout the meal.

The other upside of a white-wine only Thanksgiving? Once the entire family plunks down on the couch in a food coma, the spillage that will surely follow won’t stain as badly as red wine might.

What’s your favorite white wine and turkey pairing? Let us know below.

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