What Wine Goes With Turkey Again?
There is no perfect pairing.
There is no perfect pairing.
When it comes to pairing wines with your Thanksgiving meal, one should keep in mind that there is no “perfect” pairing. The goal of pairing wine with food is balance; neither the food nor the wine should overpower each. General rules of thumb — like lighter foods with lighter wines, richer foods with richer, full-bodied wines — can be handy, but should not be thought of as absolute. The interplay of wine and food is necessarily subjective, but the differences among wine varietals and styles can seem dramatic.
With turkey, some prefer white wine, like an oaky Chardonnay or perhaps a lighter, dry Riesling, while others go for a hearty flavorful red like Syrah or Zinfandel, or the softer Pinot Noir. Some might even prefer to split the difference with a zippy rosé … and all the wines might be excellent with the exact same menu. Experience is the surest guide, so experiment liberally in advance. When in doubt, provide guests with multiple options. With all the fabulous wines out there for just such an occasion, here is a collection for your consideration:
Dalton, D, Pinot Gris, Unaoked, Galilee, Israel, 2014: Medium-bodied with aromas of melon, hay, peaches and grapefruit and flavors of green apple, stone fruits, mineral and loads of citrus, it has a lengthy finish that is accented with minerals, lemon and spice. Vibrant and refreshing.
(Available at Gotham Wines and Liquors, 2517 Broadway, Manhattan,  932-0990, $16.18)
Dalton, Rosé, Upper Galilee, Israel, 2014: A blend of 53 percent Shiraz, 40 percent Cabernet, and 8 percent Barbera, this light-bodied, enjoyable rosé is a touch sweeter than the previous vintage, but is no less inviting with its nose of ripe strawberries and apricots, with slightly sweet flavors of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and watermelon; it has a lovely, balancing acidity to keep the whole crisp and refreshing.
(Available at Columbus Wines and Spirits, 730 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan,  865-7070, $15.99)
Cantine del Borgo Reale, Rosé Puglia, Italy, 2014: This pleasing, straightforward and light-bodied rosé is floral on the nose with fruity notes of apricot, peach and ripe cherry, followed by flavors of sour cherry, nectarine, raspberry and a touch of cranberry. This is a simple quaffer, but well crafted, refreshing and a great value.
(Available at 36th Avenue Wines, 3014 36th Ave., Long Island City, Queens,  361-6080, $15.99)
Hajdu Wines, Grenache Rosé, Clement Hills, California, 2014: This delightfully crisp light-to-medium-bodied 100 percent Grenache rosé offers strawberry, peach, citrus and banana aromas, followed by fruity yet restrained flavors of orange, lemon and strawberry. Charming, mouth-watering and vibrant. Like most Hajdu Wines, this does not disappoint.
(Available at hajduwines.com, $30)
Don Ernesto, Beret, Napa Valley, California, 2014: A beautiful, light-bodied 100 percent Syrah rosé has a nose of strawberry and cherry and perhaps a touch of apple. Dry, crisp and refreshing, yet with some real depth too. Fabulous all around, it matches any food and it’s dangerously easy to sip in great quantities.
(Available at hagafen.com 888-HAGAFEN, $24)
Hagafen, Pinot Noir, 2013: A delicious wine offering dark fruit, raspberry and earthy aromas on a medium frame with savory flavors of black currants, strawberry, spice and notes of coffee and mild oak at the finish. Lovely Napa Pinot.
(Available at Skyview Wine and Liquor, 5681 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, $37.99)
Pacifica, Evan’s Collection, Pinot Noir, Oregon, 2010: Opens with ripe cherry and oak scents that lead into flavors of black and red cherries, raspberry and plum with some mild smokiness along with mineral and herbal notes. Nicely balanced with good acidity and firm tannins, it gets better as it breathes, so consider decanting to smooth out the edges.
(Available at Columbus Wines and Spirits, 730 Columbus Ave., Manhattan,  865-7070)
Hajdu Wines, Makom, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, 2013: Medium bodied with a fruity and aromatic nose of strawberries, cranberries and plums, and an interesting if subtle vegetal lilt, leading to flavors of plum, strawberry and raspberry, with hints of leather and spice. Interesting and yummy.
(Available at hajduwines.com, $45)
Agua Dulce Zinfandel 2010: A powerful, explosive nose of fruit and spice, this medium-to-full-bodied Zin is complex, richly layered and well structured, with lovely dark fruit and spice notes, and a pleasing, lengthy finish.
(Available at kosherwine.com, -567-4370, $29.99)
Dalton Alma, Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvedre (SGM), Galilee, Israel: This aromatic, Rhône-style Israeli blend offers appealing mocha and earthy red fruit aromas leading to supple, mildly spicy dark fruit flavors intermingled with anise, vanilla, pepper and tobacco. Smooth and well rounded.
(Available at Ambassador Wines, 1020 Second Ave., Manhattan,  421-5078, $28.99)
Vignobles David, Les Masques, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, 2012: This remarkable blend of 85 percent Grenache, 10 percent Mourvèdre, and 5 percent Syrah conjures up a complex bouquet of red and black fruits, lavender, cedar and stone, evolving into flavors of stone fruits, currants, cranberries, espresso, tobacco leaf, toasted oak and truffles, with a smidgen of citrus, dried mushroom, and lovely Mediterranean spices. With bracing acidity and rich, powdery tannins, this superb wine is very young and tight and will benefit from further aging, but is lovely now given plenty of time to breath.
(Available at Skyview Wines and Liquor, 5681 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale,  601-8222, $80)
Agua Dulce Winery Syrah 2010 ($34): This wonderful syrah offers lovely dark fruits (black cherry), complex herbal notes (violet), rich oak and vibrant acidity balanced nicely with the well-integrated tannins. Drinking beautifully now, this is one to savor.
(Gotham Wines. 2517 Broadway, Manhattan,  932-0990, $32.76)
Enjoy and give thanks!