Wine and Turkey

Friday, November 10th, 2023
Turkey Red or White

The Holiday Day Debate:  Red Wine or White Wine with Turkey


The holiday season is just around the corner, and for many, it’s a time to gather with loved ones and enjoy a delicious meal together. If you’re planning to serve turkey as the centerpiece of your holiday feast, you might be wondering whether to complement it with red wine or white wine. Both options have their merits, and the choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the flavors you want to highlight. Let’s explore the factors to consider when making this important decision and offer some wine-pairing suggestions to make your holiday dinner a memorable one.


Factors to Consider

Preparation and Seasoning: The way you prepare your turkey and the seasonings you use can greatly influence your wine choice. For example, a turkey with a rich, flavorful sauce or a spice rub may pair better with red wine, while a simpler preparation might work better with a white.


Personal Preferences: Your own taste preferences play a significant role in the decision. Some people naturally gravitate towards red wine, while others prefer the lighter, crisper taste of white wine.


Side Dishes: Consider the side dishes you plan to serve. The wine should complement the entire meal, so take into account the flavors and styles of your accompanying dishes.


Guest Preferences: If you’re hosting a gathering, take your guests’ preferences into account. You might offer both red and white wine to accommodate different tastes.


Wine Pairing Suggestions


Red Wine with Turkey:

Pinot Noir: This versatile red wine has a light to medium body with red fruit flavors and a balanced acidity. It pairs well with roasted turkey and is an excellent choice if you have a variety of side dishes.


Zinfandel: If your turkey is prepared with a spicier rub or sauce, a Zinfandel can be a great match due to its bold and fruity character. Consider Heart of the Desert’s Royal Zinphony.


Merlot: A smooth and fruit-forward Merlot can complement a well-seasoned, herb-roasted turkey. Consider Heart of the Desert Merlot.


White Wine with Turkey:

Chardonnay: The buttery and oaky notes of Chardonnay can complement a turkey with a rich, creamy sauce. It’s also a great choice if you have buttery mashed potatoes or stuffing.  Consider Heart of the Desert’s Chardonnay.


Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp and refreshing white wine pairs wonderfully with turkey that’s prepared with citrus or herb flavors. It provides a nice contrast to the meal.


Riesling: If you prefer a sweeter white wine, a Riesling can work well with turkey, especially if you have fruity or slightly spicy side dishes. And it works great with pie! Consider Heart of the Desert’s Riesling.


Whether you choose red wine or white wine with your turkey, the most important thing is to select a wine that you and your guests will enjoy. Ultimately, the best wine for your holiday meal is the one that complements your turkey and side dishes, enhances the dining experience, and brings joy to the occasion. So, raise your glasses and toast to a wonderful holiday gathering with your perfect wine pairing!

Heart of the Desert is a working pistachio ranch and vineyard with three retail establishments in New Mexico. They are best known for their farm-fresh pistachios and Award-Winning New Mexico wines. Each store offers wine and pistachio tastings. They offer worldwide shipping and produce attractive gourmet baskets that make great corporate and family gifts. The main store, on the ranch in Alamogordo, offers farm tours that showcase how pistachios are grown and processed, as well as a stunning Tuscany-themed patio that overlooks the groves and is available for weddings, private parties, or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine.