Turkey Wines 7

As much as we anticipate pairing wine with our Thanksgiving feast, let us not forget: that bird at center-stage is akin to winged tofu. Dry, winged tofu. Doesn’t exactly tickle your wine fancy? Not to worry. When selecting a wine for the festive meal, it’s not the turkey you’re pairing to anyway. Rather, it’s everything that touches the turkey on your plate: a sea of savory, sweet, creamy and crunchy side dishes that are the true stars of the holiday. For this reason, spry, fruity wines with little age and decent acidity are the best for turkey and its fixings. […]

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Food & Wine

Dinner with wine used to be simple. The rule was white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. But most of us don’t just eat meat and potatoes or drink claret and chablis these days. With modern fusion cuisine and wines from new regions around the world, the choices – and confusion – are great. One new school of thought is that any wine goes with any dish. However, most of us don’t put ketchup on our ice cream for the same reason as we don’t drink a delicate white wine with a hearty meat dish or […]

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Turkey Wines 2

Choosing a beverage to pair with the Thanksgiving turkey is as important as deciding what ingredients should go into the stuffing. But rather than stressing about how to make just the right wine pairing, Natalie MacLean, a James Beard award-winning author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, suggests taking a deep breath and relaxing. With a glass of wine, of course. The Canadian wine expert is the engine driving one of the most popular, comprehensive, all-things-wine Web sites out there, nataliemaclean.com, launched in 2000. More than 80,000 Web-surfers subscribe to the Nat Decants e-newsletter, and her Web site is […]

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Turkey Wines

Have you picked out the perfect bottle of wine to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner next week? No matter what type of wine you like, Finger Lakes wineries can provide a great bottle of wine for that special occasion when friends and family gather to give thanks. Wine writer Natalie MacLean offers five tips for choosing just the right wine to go with your holiday meal. She suggests starting with bubbly. More and more area wineries are not only making sparkling wines, they also earning accolades with them. Swedish Hill Winery in Romulus earned the Best Sparkling Wine award at this […]

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Turkey Wines 4

Thanksgiving is either the most difficult meal with which to pair wine or the easiest. Turkey and its trimmings go with everything and nothing at the same time. It’s those sides that throw everything off. From sweet candied yams to mushroomy green bean casserole to tart cranberry sauce, you really can’t pin down a flavor — or even a range of flavors — to complement. You have a couple of options. You can stop fretting about your wine selection and drink whatever suits you (a fine course of action, if you ask me). Or you can follow a couple of […]

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Turkey Wines 6

Once the invitations have been extended for this year’s Thanksgiving feast and the relatives have excitedly called to plan their arrival, that’s when a lot of hosts might find themselves undergoing sudden “preparation panic.” Take your pick of white, crisp chardonnays and look for one from a lesser-known winery. As the traditional turkey is thawed, they might wonder how they’re ever going to top last year’s delectable secret recipe for Grandma’s sangria, which everyone enthused about while mingling with guests waiting to be fed. The answer to this year’s creative culinary drink-pairing struggle lies inside a chilled or aged wine […]

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Turkey Wines 5

One of America’s favorite holidays – with its own parade, plenty of football and a feast – Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. This year it falls on November 22, and apparently the U.S. version of this feasting day (Canada’s is quite sensibly held in October) seems to be well-known in Europe and Asia. It is an occasion that can strike dread in the hearts of dieters and bring delight to dessert fiends with its apple, pecan and pumpkin pies, savory squashes and sweet potatoes, molds, relishes, salads, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Oh, right! The turkey. The question then becomes what wine […]

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Make holiday meals special with fine cheese

With all the entertaining that goes on during the holidays, you can never have too many recipes. It’s also the perfect time to break out the wow factor and impress your guests. Cheese, especially fine cheese, is an ideal way to add a little something special and make the occasion one to remember. Canadian fine cheese offers a world of recipe ideas, whether you’re looking to build upon a classic or you want to try something completely different. For many, the holidays just aren’t complete without a turkey dinner. That’s why I love this fresh twist on the most festive […]

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Talkin’ Turkey on CBC Today

I’ll be chatting with the hosts of the CBC drive-home radio shows from coast to coast today about wines for Thanksgiving. Tune in if you can and let me know your suggestions before we go live. I’ve posted some of my thoughts on this mouth-watering topic previously. Here’s the schedule (most are live chats, and the times noted are local to that city, but some are taped to be played at some point during the drive-home show today.) 4:10 pm – Live CAPE BRETON (Sydney) 3:20 pm – live WINNIPEG 4:30 pm – taped REGINA 4:50 pm – live SUDBURY 5:20 […]

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5 Tips to Pick Wines for Thanksgiving

No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving. Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the table. But actually choosing a bottle can feel like a thankless task, especially with so many flavors to match. Relax. Have a drink. And try some of my suggestions for great wines to pair with Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings. In my free online matching tool, you can click on “turkey holiday dinner” to find wines that accompany all kinds of dishes, from roasted turkey to turducken, from creamed corn to pecan pie. Here […]

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