Wine Pairing Tips for Your Thanksgiving Dinner
You’ve spent days crafting the ideal Thanksgiving menu – right down to the condiments you will serve. But, now is the hardest part: picking wines. Sure, cooking and cleanup are arguably a pain, but picking the wines that will compliment your dishes and entertain your holiday guests is no easy feat either – that is, until now.
First, realize that not all turkey dinners are created equal – so never assume one wine will rule them all. Instead, you need to know the right type of wine based on the recipe you’re using for your turkey.
For a Baked Turkey
Perfectly baked turkeys are somewhat of a myth, but for some of us gourmands, it can be attained. If you are confident your turkey will be tender, juicy and turn out perfect the moment it escapes the oven, then you will want to stick with:
Need something quick and guarantee? Then opt for the Pinot Noir. It’s dark, sultry and has the right hint of fruit flavors to bring out your buttery perfect turkey.
Overall, you don’t need to spend more than $15 on a bottle either – there are plenty of great wines for under $10 that will match well with your turkey.
Need some wine fast? California Wine Club is a great place to start hunting down your Pinot Noirs or sultry, fruity reds.
When the Turkey Goes Dry
No one intends for their turkey to come out of the oven dry, but it does happen to even the best cook. If your turkey is going to be a little on the dry side, plop a few of these types of wines on your table:
Gold Medal Wine Club has quite a few roses and sparkling wines to choose from in their Wine Store – and you can even pick a wine combo case for your holiday entertaining.
For the Smoked Turkey
Smoke turkeys are beautiful. They have a crunchy skin, juicy tender meat and are by far one of the more delightful fixings to find on a Thanksgiving spread. If you plan to smoke your turkey, however, you need a wine that can stand up to the notes and offer something sweet and rich.
For the smoked turkey, consider adding the following to your table:
We suggest hunting down your smoke-ready reds at Wine.com – they have the largest selection of fine red wines and Zinfandels to choose from.
For the Deep Fried Turkey
You’re bold and you’re going to skip the traditional and go straight for the deep fryer. First, we hope you plan on doing so outside. Second, you need a wine as bold as you are, but able to combat the “fried” of your turkey.
For fried anything, we recommend a sparkling wine. They are light, fruity and will cut the fat and salt associated with your deep-fried bird. Sparkling roses or sparkling whites are typically best – they have the fruit flavors and creamy bubbles to add finesse to your table.
Head over to the Global Wine Cellars Wine Shop to see if they have the sparkling wines you’re looking for. And, just for an FYI, sparkling wines are champagnes.
Fried, smoked or baked, now you have a group of wines ready to take on your Thanksgiving dinner and all the delicious fixings. The only question is: will we be invited?
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