Are you getting ready for the holidays or just preparing a meal with family and friends? Often we get asked which type of wine can I make to and pair best with a holiday meal. To summarize, there are several types of wine that can pair well with turkey. Here are some popular options:

  • Chardonnay: A crisp, medium-bodied Chardonnay can pair well with turkey, especially if the bird is roasted or grilled. Chardonnay’s acidity helps balance the richness of the turkey, while its fruit flavors complement the poultry’s mild taste.
  • Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is a light-bodied red wine that is often paired with turkey. Its bright fruit flavors and low tannin levels complement the mild taste of the poultry, while its acidity helps balance the richness of the bird.
  • Riesling: A dry or off-dry Riesling can be a good pairing with turkey. Its bright fruit flavors and high acidity help balance the richness of the bird, while its sweetness complements the poultry’s mild flavor.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, citrusy white wine that can pair well with turkey. Its acidity helps balance the richness of the bird, while its herbaceous and grassy flavors complement the poultry’s mild taste.
  • Syrah/Shiraz: Syrah or Shiraz is a medium-bodied red wine that can be a good pairing with turkey, especially if the bird is roasted or grilled. Its dark fruit flavors and high tannin levels complement the rich taste of the poultry, while its acidity helps balance the richness of the bird.

These are just a few examples, and the best wine to pair with turkey will depend on personal preferences and the specific preparation of the bird. When in doubt, choose a wine that has good acidity, as this will help balance the richness of the turkey and complement its mild taste.

You can never go wrong with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.