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Nov 20, 2007 12:51 PM

which wine to pair with turkey?

I am hosting my first thanksgiving, and while I enjoy wine, I'm no expert.
What is a good match for oven roasted turkey? I will be brining the turkey with a citrus and herb mix.

Any specific recommendations for around $30-40 a bottle?


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  1. You'll find tons of reccos in this recent discussion and the threads linked therein:

    1. I'd spend far less per bottle (about half that) and pick a nice Beaujolais-Villages or Cru de Beaujolais, like a Moulin-a-Vent or Morgon. Or, you can opt for a Pinot Noir or not-so-alcoholic Zinfandel.

      1. I agree you can stay in the $20 and under zone and do very well...for reds I think Loire Cab Francs and Cru Beaujolais go very well. For whites, try the Loire Valley again with dry Chenin Blanc.

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        1. re: domaine547

          gerwurtztraminer, unoaked, dry.

          agree with others, i would spend @ $20 per bottle

        2. for future reference, my rose of pinot noir from Dehlinger went great with the meal yesterday

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          1. re: ibstatguy

            Thanks for mentioning that wine. During our T'giving dinner, two guests were asked to bring a Tavel Rosé. They were unfamiliar with well-made Rosés, and had a bunch of questions on them, after tasting the Tavels. I mentioned several, including some domestics, usually Grenache. When I came to the PN Rosé, that I liked, I was totally blank. Of course, their interest picked up, but I was still blank. Now, I can call to say that my memory has been "refreshed," thanks to your post.


            1. re: Bill Hunt

              I've had some terrific Marsannay rose, also PN but I am really enjoying the Dehlinger...should have bought as much as I could get my hands on

              Best, Tony