Wine and Turkey. Turkey and Wine.

23 November 2010

I am not a sommelier.  For those of you who did not put on your fancy pants this morning, that is a wine expert.  They are specially trained and can tell you which wines to pair with any meal you might put together.  Except asparagus because not only does it make your pee smell funny, it also apparently doesn’t have a wine pairing.   They can also tell you about things like mouth feel and tannins and notes of cherry and oak.

I just drink it and if I like it, I’ll buy it again.

Here are my “go to” turkey wines along with a French aperitif {fancy pants translation: drink before dinner} that you have to try this Thanksgiving. 

I promise, you will love it.

My first pick for a great wine with turkey is a Cambria Pinot Noir.


Pick number two is a heavier red, the Trinchero Chicken Farm Ranch Merlot.

Lastly, for you white wine drinkers, give the Byron Chardonnay a try!

And on to that aperitif… a Kir Royale.  Well technically since I’m not using a true champagne from the Champagne region, it’s a Kir PĂ©tillant, but we’ll just call it a Kir Royale for good measure.  I’d also like to thank the brilliant and lovely SĂ©verine and her family for teaching me the joys of the Kir Royale.  At sixteen and in France for the first time, this was the height of sophistication.  Almost twenty years later it is still one of my favorites.

It also could not be easier to make.

You will need:  a champagne glass, creme de cassis & chilled champagne {or my favorite substitute Domaine Ste Michelle Brut which is about $14 and tastes amazing.}

Pour the champagne into the glass filling most of the way to the top, then very slowly add a bit of creme de cassis until it just turns a pretty pink color.  Voila!  Now you can drink and enjoy.

And stay tuned tomorrow for a sneak peek of our Thanksgiving tables!


MommyLisa said...

Sterling Vineyards Riesling also pairs well with a Thanksgiving meal - my hubby likes a the little tart/sweet of a Riesling.

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

Mmmm, I love Kir Royales. I had my first one at the French restaurant at World Showcase in Epcot last year and fell in love.

We're actually drinking champagne tonight that was leftover from pre-Thanksgiving activities at the in-laws and it is pretty awesome.

Just A Normal Mom said...

I look at wine labels - if I like the label, I buy the wine. If I like the wine, I buy it again. Simple. That said, I have developed some favorites in the red department, and in the I'm-too-cheap-to-buy-this-on-a-regular-basis-white department. I always love recommendations - I'm going to jot these down! And I can't wait to see your tables!

Missy said...

We had whine with our Turkey! LOL

Unknown said...

I hope you had a great Turkey Day!!!

Four Is A Neff said...


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