Pairing Wine with 7 Turkey Dishes from Bacon to Turducken

Yesterday, Leanne and I chatted about great wine with Thanksgiving trukey on CTV.

We started with “basic” roast turkey, but went way beyond with citrus and Cajun turkey, and even that oddity turducken.

Click on the arrow above to play the video.

You can also watch our second chat about pairing wine with turkey left-overs from turkey tetrazzini to (oh yes) turkey pizza!

(1) Roast Turkey

Sliced turkey breast with cranberry sauce and rosemary






Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco
Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy










Wits End Luna Shiraz 2014 Wine Review
Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia






(2) Citrus Turkey

Turkey with citrus garnish of lemons, limes, or stuffed with oranges or orange rinds.

Roasted Duck with fruits for Christmas







Geil Bechtheimer Rosengarten Riesling Kabinett 2014
Prädikatswein, Rheinhessen, Germany











River Road Cabernet Rosé 2015
Niagara River, Ontario VQA, Canada





(3) Sage Turkey

Turkey with sage stuffing or herbal seasoning needs a wine with an herbal quality.

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey with All the Sides








Cloudy Bay Vineyards Ltd Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand










Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2010
Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada




(4) Spicy Turkey

Turkey with Cajun seasoning or other spices marries well with a spicy gewurztraminer or zinfandel.








Pierre Sparr Réserve Gewurztraminer 2014
Alsace A.C., France










Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Zinfandel 2014
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States




(5) Sausage Stuffing

Turkey with a chestnut or sausage stuffing needs a wine with a smoky character like shiraz or chianti.










Fairview Shiraz 2014
Paarl, Coastal Region W.O., South Africa










Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta Di Castiglioni 2013
Tuscany I.G.T., Italy




(6) Bacon Turkey 
Turkey with bacon layered over the bird demands a meaty wine.

Delicious bacon-wrapped turkey breast roulade garnished with Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and Parisian carrots.









Borsao Garnacha 2014
Borja, Spain













19 Crimes 2014
Victoria, Australia






(7) Turducken

That strange dish of tukey stuffed with duck lends itself well to gamey wines like pinot noir and malbec.

Stuffed oven chicken breast









Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2013 
Napa Valley, California, United States












Trapiche Pure Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina




















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