Well, well, well, Thanksgiving is almost here. The turkey is ready to go, the pants have been switched to elastic waist and I am ready to throw down! There is just one thing missing, the wine. Wine with turkey? Yes you silly little gobbler!
I usually don't think of red wine with turkey. Reds just seem a little too heavy. Luckily, after much research, I found the perfect red wine to pair with your Thanksgiving meal. A Pinot Nior or a Syrah are usually the best picks. The Pinot has a fruitier taste to it with normally a touch of spice and the Syrah has a more smokey spicy flavor to it. Both types will add strong elements to your meal. Just be careful not to overpower the food. The wine should compliment it.
The best pairing with turkey, or any poultry is a nice white wine. Now before you turn your nose up to whites, give them a chance. A nice dry Riesling is a perfect pair for your meal, just make sure that you don't get one that is too sweet. Probably the best white wine to serve is a Pinot Grigio. It is a very nice light wine that still has a sweet flavor to it but really compliments the herbs in your stuffing and your turkey.
My favorite pairing for Thanksgiving dinner? A wonderful bottle of the champagne or sparkling wine. It adds the dry flavor of the white wines with bubbles! The only thing I can say about pairing sparkling wines with turkey-MAKE SURE YOU PICK A DRY SPARKLING WINE! I can not stress this enough, people! Extra, extra dry-nothing fruity!
The last thing to remember is to not go overboard with price. A nice wine doesn't have to be expensive. There are a lot out there from the 10-15 dollar range and look for local.
No matter what you plan to serve on Thanksgiving day, I hope that your meal and the day is a roaring success!