Wine and Turkey Talk

Turkey Time

If there is a traditional meal of turkey and all its trimmings in your near future, does it require a similarly predictable wine? I think not. The likelihood of a larger group of people with a multitude of tastes and preferences is high, and the ease of accessibility to experiment with diverse and affordable wines that work for such a meal has never been greater. Why not broaden out in your wine and food pairing experience? Here are a variety of wine styles and recommendations, from expected to out of the norm, for turkey dinner on any day.


Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - Bright, with dominant red berries, spices, and hints of sweetness, even cola.  

Cote de Nuits Burgundy - Elegant expressions of Pinot Noir, complex, and earthy. Narrowing further, Nuits-St-Georges are typically reasonable in price.

Washington Syrah - Heat up with Rhone-style beauties aplenty. If Syrah is too hot and heavy for you, try a Washington Grenache or Cabernet Franc.


Oregon is turning out increasing numbers of intriguing white wines, with one to fit any occasion. 

Sancerre - Aromatic and refreshing Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. 

Champagne - Bubbles and the bird. It may surprise you.


What is your style: Traditionalist, contrarian, or both? Share your favorite wine and turkey finds.