Matching Wine with Turkey

Everyday Food, November 2008

Roast Turkey with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze and Dry Riesling

Balance out the sweetness of our Southern-style turkey with a crisp, floral white wine, like a dry Riesling. Because some Rieslings are sweet, ask a wine clerk to help you select a dry one. We especially like bottles from the Pacific Northwest.

Emeril's Turkey Roulade and Pinot Noir:

Emeril's bold and smoky turkey roulade calls for a light-bodied red, like Pinot Noir. Pinot's earthiness complements the bacon, and its fruitiness rounds out the flavor of the turkey. An American Pinot Noir is a good (and affordable) choice.

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Sauvignon Blanc:

A simple, classic turkey flavored with herbs such as sage and thyme deserves an equally popular wine; Sauvignon Blanc fits the bill. The wine's clean citrus notes are a natural match for mild-tasting turkey. Plus, its acidity provides a pleasant contrast to the richness of traditional Thanksgiving sides.


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