Pairing Wine With Turkey | The Ultimate Christmas Feast

Harry Lambourne
25th November 2021

Will you be pairing wine with turkey this Christmas? It’s fast approaching, that one meal of the year that stands out in everyone’s mind. An iconic and highly anticipated feast that will knock everyone out and have you clutching your stomach in a contented fullness.

Indeed, it’s a meal for which planning begins months in advance. You’ve pre-ordered the perfect bird. Each and every accoutrement will know its place on the table. Key timings for all the sides will be part of the rock-solid plan.

If this much care, love and attention goes into the meal, it’d be a crime to pair it with anything less than an exemplary wine complimenting the task at hand. So, with this in mind, let’s take a quick look at three different options when pairing wine with turkey. This should mean that whatever your preference, you’ll be able to pick the wine which is guaranteed to make your family festive food that little bit extra special!

Pairing Wine With Turkey
Pairing Wine With Turkey This Christmas? – (Photo Courtesy of BBC Good Food)

Pairing Wine With Turkey

Before we move onto our top picks for the job, it’s best to understand exactly what you should be considering when pairing a wine with turkey. People would assume white wine would be the only way to go. However, this is not true

The crucial consideration for pairing red wine with turkey is the tannins. If you choose a wine which has big, bold tannins it’ll likely overpower not just the turkey, but the side dishes. Turkey is a lean meat, so the relative lack of fat lends itself to low tannin red wine. These include Beaujolais and other Gamay wines, Pinot Noir and Barbera.

Next thing to consider when pairing wine with turkey is acidity. The turkey, along with dishes such as roast parsnips and potatoes, or stuffing will likely have a fair degree of salt. The acidity in a wine will cut through this. More so than that, a wine with at least a medium amount of acidity will be able to stand up to the highly diverse flavours that come with a meal of this kind.

So, that’ll be what we’re looking for. Full-bodied and acidic white wine and low-tannin, acidic and low to medium body red wines will be perfect for pairing wine with turkey. 

Without further ado, here are our top three recommendations for pairing wine with turkey this festive season. Any one of these, (or all three of them), will be a perfect addition to any table of Christmas Day. No matter what your favourite style of wine is, one of the below options will certainly have you covered when the big day rolls around.

Vina Progresso OverGround Pinot Noir

First of all, we have something really unique that’s sure to turn a few heads at first. Yet, the proof is in the pudding and this is a top quality Pinot Noir from Uruguay. Viña Progresso takes their name from the Progresso section of the Canelones region of Uruguay. It is set on gently rolling hills, at low altitude, in an area where irrigation is rarely required.

Subtle spiced notes of star anise will emanate from the glass straight away, before giving way to aromas of violets, cedar and smoke. The latter two come from measured use of French oak. Then, the fruit flows freely. You’ll note powerful notes of raspberry, plum and red cherry.

Wairau River Pinot Gris

Wairau River were originally Alfalfa farmers, before pivoting to wine production in 1991. This bold move paid off and they’ve established themselves as some of the finest winemakers in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This nation is quickly becoming one of our favourite spots for Pinot Gris and this is a spectacular offering.

It has bite and body, but again that great structural acidity that stops it from being too heavy, then pure indulgence on a lengthy finish. You’ll note flavours of apple blossom, sweet pear drops, fresh ginger, ripe green apples, golden pears and juicy yellow peaches.

Domaine Dhommé Anjou Chenin Blanc

Domaine Dhommé is a small organic producer located in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley in France. They do not use artificial herbicides or pesticides in the vineyard, using more natural methods as part of their wine making process. All of their wines are great quality and represent excellent value.

This is a beautifully crafted Chenin Blanc. It is rich and decadent but with a nice snap of acidity to keep it feeling light and fresh in the mouth. It shows a good combination of citrus and floral notes, with just touches of green apple on the finish. You can expect to experience notes of lemon, lime and white flowers. This will make a great addition to your table of Christmas Day. Pairing wine with turkey is sorted!

There you have it! Three wines that will be a great choice when pairing wine with turkey. 1 red, 2 white and a mix of styles to hopefully leave everyone around the table more than satisfied. Pairing wine with turkey is easy! Click the button below to browse these wines on our online store.

Now you’ve got the main meal covered, are you wondering what to do for dessert? We’ve got you covered, we have a handy guide for dessert wines and the perfect pudding pairings. Read more here.

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