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November 19, 2013 | From the Kitchen | Leoness Cellars

Wines with Roasted Turkey

Are you preparing to make a classic Roasted Turkey for one of your upcoming Family Gatherings?

When it comes to pairing wine with your feast, if you are only serving one wine, we recommend you focus the wine pairing on the main course.

Temecula Valley’s famed Rhone blends or single varietals such as Grenache, Cinsaut or Viognier work very well.

Melange de Reves  – Our very own Rhone Blend of Syrah, Cinsaut, Mourvedre and Grenache make for the perfect pairing with an oven-roasted turkey!

Other Recommendations:

Beaujolais Nouveau – A white-wine style, to be drunk chilled – around 45F. A light, fruity wine, this goes well with turkey, or with brie and edam for a pre-dinner snack! This is a seasonal “drink-now” favorite from the southern part of Burgundy, France.

Pinot Noir – With very little tannins this wine will not overwhelm the meal. Even though family gatherings typically call for a special Cabernet Sauvignon you’ve been saving, please don’t! Cab tannins will definitely overwhelm your roasted turkey.

And if you like white wines:

Viognier – If you want to be a little more adventurous, include a Leoness Cellars Viognier, bursting with floral aromas of honeysuckle and stone fruit. This wine offers rich layers of peach and apricot with subtle hints of grapefruit and white pepper before a long generous finish.

Chardonnay and Pinot Gris – This is where the turkey is really adaptable. Almost any good white will work, but stay away from the sweet dessert style whites. Light and crisp Chardonnay’s along with most Sauvignon Blanc’s will work.

If you like semi-sweet wine:

White Merlot –  Similar to a White Zinfandel, this is a refreshing blush/rose wine bursting with aromas and flavors of strawberries, raspberries and cherries and goes quite well with a roasted turkey or chicken and dressing.

From our family to yours, please savor the special moments and meals and remember to create lasting memories and inspiring dreams along the way!


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