What wine goes with the turkey?

Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

This is the time of year when everyone in America eats the same meal and asks the same question — “Which wine to serve?”

For some reason, many people who have success pairing wine and food during the rest of the year are intimidated by the responsibility of selecting holiday wines.

A host can always stock the basic reds and whites, but what about finding a wine that will go with the variety of dishes that will be served?

The Sun turned to two local wine experts for suggestions, and to ask what they will be serving?

Wine expert John Morris of Chan's Wine World said his first recommendation is to just relax and drink whatever you want.

"In terms of food and wine pairing, the problem is not the turkey or the ham, it’s the traditional side dishes like sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and most importantly, variations in stuffing. The basic guideline to follow is to match ‘like for like.’ For example, for spicy dressing, select a fruit-forward spicy wine such as Zinfandel. And, since Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, I lean toward domestic wines," he said.

Santa Rosa Beach Club sommelier Brooke Gontarek also has some thoughts of about holiday pairings.



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