Wine Pairing for Turkey Dishes
If you’re looking for the perfect wine pairing for a turkey dish, you have come to the right place! Turkey is a showstopper on the table, but every star needs an ensemble, and a hand-selected glass of wine can be the perfect accompaniment to a meal.
When it comes to the art of wine pairing, it is important to select a bottle that either contrasts or complements the flavors of the cuisine. For instance, a bold wine selection paired with a rich or complex dish may incite a rivalry of flavors on the palette, while a complementary choice unites the tastebuds for an entirely unique, collaborative tasting experience.
So, which wine pairs best with turkey? Short answer, it depends. From light to dark, fizzy to full-bodied, here are a few options for you to try with your next turkey recipe.
Pop, fizz, clink! Champagne with turkey is a perfect drink!
Hailing from the Champagne region of France, this varietal is commonly light and fizzy with fresh, bright notes. If you are preparing a meal with simple, fresh ingredients, such as Herb Turkey Breast or a Turkey Caesar Salad, a glass of bubbly pairs nicely without overpowering the flavors of the dish. Champagne is also a great option to accompany a first course or appetizer. Might we suggest Turkey Confetti Bruschetta?
A global favorite, Chardonnay is a great option for a wine pairing with turkey. Both elegant and simple, this white wine option complements mild, creamy cheeses, such as mozzarella or brie, and hearty pasta dishes. We recommend pouring a glass of Chardonnay when serving this Italian Sausage Pasta Bake or Turkey Veggie Lasagna.
For the perfect wine to pair with your bolder flavor profiles, you syrah-ously should think red! Medium- to full-bodied and fruit-forward, Syrah boasts notes of blueberry and plum with an occasional hint of tobacco, black pepper or violet. This selection would nicely contrast and, therefore, amplify the robust flavors of smoked turkey or dishes using heavy spices. Pair a nice glass of Syrah with a Mediterranean Turkey Burger or Harissa Spatchcocked Turkey for a tastebud explosion!
Dark meat lovers, we have the perfect wine to pair with your delicious smoked or grilled turkey thigh, wing or leg recipes. Malbec, a full-bodied red, is the perfect complement for strong flavors of wood-smoked dishes or dark meat slathered in rich sauce. You may not immediately consider a glass of wine with your barbecue feast, but dishes with subtler or delicate flavors are no match for this robust selection, making Malbec an excellent choice for centerpieces like Cedar Planked Stuffed Turkey Breast or Dr. BBQ’s Cranberry BBQ Turkey Thighs.
While you’re dining with turkey at the holidays or just for fun, make sure you’re wining with that perfect pairing!