What wine goes with the turkey?

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

Morris said his top choice is Zinfandel, with Riesling coming in a close second.

"The choice will be the consumer's preference between red and white. Both pair exceedingly well with ham," he said. "The best values in each are: 2011 Joel Gott California Zinfandel ($17.99); and, 2011 Weinkeller Erbach Riesling from Germany 's Rheingau ($13.99 for 1 liter bottle). 

With holiday parties aplenty from here on out and a smorgasbord of various hors d'oeuvres, again we asked, "what goes with everything at these mixers?"

"I recommend crowd pleasers," said Morris, "a sparkler, a white and a red. For the sparkler, try NV Francois Montand Brut Rose from France ($12.99). The pink color adds to the festivities as well as providing a bit more body. Chardonnay is always a good bet for parties and the 2011 Creme de Lys California Chardonnay ($11.99) fits the bill nicely. The 2010 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec from Argentina 's Napa Valley  equivalent, Mendoza region, ($16.99) is another over-achiever rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine."

If, however, a leap toward nontraditional wines wets your whistle, Gontarek has some recommendations.

"Planning Thanksgiving can be stressful so why not try a wine that has all the advantages of being bubbly, red, and fun. If a golden ham dressed with grilled pineapple is more your style, a French Viognier or Chenin blanc are fabulous options. The creamy mouth feel and floral bouquet of these particular wines will make that grilled fruit and maple baked ham melt in your mouth. All of these wines are available in many price ranges starting at the very affordable," she said.

In closing Gontarek sent a wish to all: "I hope this holiday season is one of sharing, friendship, family, fond memories ... and, of course, wine." 

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