-- If you normally prefer red
wines, consider a Pinot
Noir to go with your Turkey. It will have a bit fuller
flavor than white wine choices you might make but will match quite
well with the meal. Pinot Noir has very little tannin so it will
not overwhelm the taste of the meal. There are many good brands
of Pinot Noir from California, Burgundy (France) and also some
from Oregon. Find a known name brand in your price range and enjoy
the meal. Serve Pinot Noir very lightly chilled (what could be
called 'cellar temperature). Putting the Pinot Noir in the refrigerator
for about 20 minutes before serving it will bring out the fruit
and will take away the 'bite' that alcohol can give when served
at room temperature. A couple of good brands are Sterling Vineyards
Winery Lake Pinot Noir in the $20 price range and Camelot Pinot
Noir in the $10 price range. I personally avoid the Pinot Noirs
from Beaulieu Vineyards.
-- If you normally prefer dry
white wines, then Chardonnay
would be the natural choice for a match with Turkey. If you like
dry white wines, then do not try to overcomplicate this. Just
select a nice Chardonnay in your price range and enjoy. There
are too many good ones to make suggestions. It is hard to go wrong
in your selection.
-- If you usually like wine with
a little sweetness, such as White Zinfandel
or many of the German wines, I would suggest that you try a Vouvray.
This is a widely available and reasonably priced wine from the
Loire River region in France.
Do not let the fact that this is a French wine intimidate you.
Just understand that a Vouvray will have a nice fruit taste with
just a whisper of sweetness. Expect it to cost less than $10 per
There are, of course, many other
wine choices you can make that will go with Turkey and the traditional
meal. This is just designed to take the guesswork and simplify
things for you. Dry white wine options could include a nice Pinot
Gris (Trimbach is probably the best at about $16 or
$17), a White Burgundy from France (they are made with Chardonnay)
or a Viognier.
You can get really wrapped up in
making this a harder decision but you do not have to. Just work
within these tried and true suggestions and save your time and
energy on the rest of the meal as well as enjoying the time with
your family and guests.