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This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, November 13, 2006

Thanksgiving Wine

Every Thanksgiving people ask me what to serve with traditional Thanksgiving Turkey. Maybe the question should really be what not to serve with Turkey. My answer would be mainly big red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, although these would probably work with dark meat and if you like them, why not? Almost any white will go with Turkey, but some matches are particularly nice. In my opinion, whites with lots of body such as Viognier, Semillon, and Rousanne work well. Wines with lots of fruit such as Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer work well, too. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are fine, but don't complement those unique Turkey flavors as well. Really dry whites such as Entre Deux Mers, white Bordeaux and Muscadet are too thin and acidic to match the full flavor of Turkey. Why not stick with American wine for an American holiday. Light reds such as Beaujolais and light Pinot Noir work as well. Finally, Roses and Sparklers are easy and festive. Here are some wines to try for your holiday:

2005 Anglim Rousanne
2004 Brian Carter Oriana
2004 Kana White Rhone
2005 Red Sky Semillon
2005 L'Ecole Semillon
2005 Viento Viognier
2005 Canon de Sol Viognier
2005 Terra Blanca Viognier
2005 Viento Riesling
2005 Goose Ridge Riesling
2005 Hogue Genesis Riesling
2005 Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Riesling
2005 Carpenter Creek Riesling
2005 Saint Laurent Riesling
2005 Piety Flats Chenin Blanc
2005 Erath Pinot Noir
2005 Willamette Valley Vintners Pinot Noir
2005 Sagelands Rose
2005 Penner Ash Roseo
2005 Maryhill Rose of Sangiovese
2005 Chinook Rose of Cabernet Franc


Mountain Dome
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Mumm's Napa Brut
Roederer Estate Brut
Chandon Brut
Chandon Blanc de Noir
Roederer Brut
Pol Roger Brut


  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    If you have any Columbia Crest Grenache sitting around from last summer, try it with Turkey! Gene


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