With the holidays around the corner, which wines will you choose for the fantastic feasts to come?
Here are some guidelines that may give you a few new ideas.
Start with bubbly. Sparkling wine or Champagne is perfect to sip while you wait for the turkey to finish cooking. Sparkling wines also go well with soups and salads. Whether it is Champagne from France, Prosecco from Italy or even bubbly from Australia this is a great way to start a festive meal.
The main attraction. It is important to consider the texture of the meat you’ll be serving. Turkey meat is somewhat dry so better options for pairing with Turkey would be crisp white wines like dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Albarino. There are some red wines that also go well with Turkey such as Pinot Noir, Beaujolais and Zinfandel. The juicy berry flavors that highlight these wines are a particularly good counterpoint to the flavor of Turkey.
Complimentary sides. Of course don't forget the old favorite Chardonnay that goes very well with the different flavors of the turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, winter vegetables and the cranberry sauce! However, for contrast you may want to consider something with a bit of acidity such as a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or Chile.
Now for dessert. Pumpkin pie calls for something with a bit of a sweet side such as a late harvest Riesling or even Ice Wine if you can find it. If you are going the chocolate route, try a late harvest Zinfandel or even ruby port.
Remember the most important guide to food and wine pairing is ultimately do you like it.