What wine goes with the turkey?

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

"While waiting for family and friends to arrive, why not pass around glasses of Moscato with a dash of cranberry juice and a splash of lemon," she said. "This pretty little cocktail will definitely get the juices flowing and the senses ready for a feast, family and of course, football."

A sparkling red wine also has the advantage of being a great conversation starter, said Gontarek. 

When sitting down at the Thanksgiving table, if wine is served, Gontarek said that traditionally, Beaujolais with its light, French red grapes graces most tables set with turkey. 

"If your feast includes cranberry sauce, then a sparkling red wine is definitely the way to kick off the celebration. A dry Lambrusco from Italy or a sparkling shiraz from Australia work especially well. It’s one of the few wines which can enhance the flavors of Thanksgiving’s tart little berries as well as Grandma’s chocolate pecan pie," she said.

For roast turkey with basic stuffing, Morris recommends a pinot noir. Why?

"Pinot noir is the most versatile wine for pairing with food, bar none," said Morris. "The best value is the 2008 Methven Family Vineyards Citizen's Cuvee from Oregon 's Willamette Valley ($19.99). This wine is a prime example of great price-to-quality ratio. It simply overachieves and tastes more like a $30 bottle."

So, what wine goes best with ham?



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