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Matching Wine with Turkey

Wondering which bottle to open on Thanksgiving? Take a cure fromt the flavors of the turkey you're serving.

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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