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Wine pairing with Turducken

Vinny Clams Jan 8, 2006 02:50 PM

Mr and Mrs Vinny Clams will soon be hosting their annual Turducken Dinner for 12. Any suggestions on a wonderful wine to perfectly match with the birds will be much appreciated.

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    Whyn Lover Jan 8, 2006 04:14 PM

    My considered suggestion would be a Chardpinoblanc. A chardonnay stuffed in a pinot stuffed in a sauvignon blanc (g).

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    1. re: Whyn Lover
      Vinny Clams Jan 8, 2006 06:11 PM

      Why, of course! The perfect suggestion!

      1. re: Whyn Lover
        Dev Jan 8, 2006 09:28 PM

        This is the funniest thing I've heard all day!

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        kaydee2 Jan 8, 2006 05:45 PM


        We always have Shiner Bock. ; )


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          Melanie Wong Jan 8, 2006 06:23 PM

          I think it depends on the seasoning you're planning to use. I had the good fortune to be invited to a turducken dinner on New Year's eve. The photo below shows the bird(s) right after it was untrussed and the stuffing is spilling out.

          I brought a sumptuous Oregon Pinot Noir to have with the bird. The old wine was great, but with the spice in the Mexican chorizo stuffing, I think the young Shiraz with its peppery spice turned out to be a better match.

          Link: http://flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/sets/1723189/

          Image: http://static.flickr.com/42/80645230_...

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            Gary Soup Jan 8, 2006 09:23 PM

            Cold Duck

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              Tugboat Jan 9, 2006 12:06 PM

              Pinot Noir or Pinotage.

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                jdherbert Jan 9, 2006 03:00 PM

                I heartily concur with most of the other Pino suggestions!

                If, however, the stuffings are on the hearty side, I might suggest a fruity merlot (hey, Merlot is still a good wine!) like Smoking Loon, or perhaps a South American Malbec.

                Chardpinoblanc? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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                  LT from LF Jan 9, 2006 03:29 PM

                  I would go with a syrah, Rhone style blend, or Chateauneuf-du-pape.

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                    bgorton Jan 10, 2006 07:51 AM

                    Never mind the wine, what is a Turducken?

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                    1. re: bgorton
                      Colleen Jan 10, 2006 05:53 PM

                      A TURkey that is stuffed with a DUCK that is stuffed with a chickEN. TUR-DUCK-EN

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                      moto Jan 11, 2006 12:48 AM

                      hello, my recent wine pairings with a wood-roasted heritage turkey and another done more in the American mainstream style confirm what LT and M.Wong have said. The milder commercial bird was very good with a young Sonoma pinot noir. The more complex heritage bird did well with Rhone style blends--they also do well with duck--and a Pic St. Loup(Southern France, it tasted like it had syrah,shiraz in Australia, and grenache, as do the Rhone blends).There are very nice, complex reds with good acidity and fruit being made in Spain now, as well, I think one key is to avoid wines that are too heavy or tannic, which is why pinot noir gets suggested. Carignan and mourvedre are two other principal red/black grapes used in the Rhone, S. France,and Spain if that helps you decipher the way California blends get labelled. cheers.

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