The 6 Best Wines to Serve with Christmas Turkey

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04/10/2021
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The 6 Best Wines to Serve with Christmas Turkey

Turkey is flavoursome meat that pairs well with a wide range of wines and the one you choose will very much depend on how you prepare your turkey.

It’s also worth noting that different parts of the turkey produce varied flavours, so instead of restricting wine choice, we recommend choosing a selection for your guests.

Taking this into consideration, we thought we would highlight our top 6 wines to serve with Christmas turkey, from easy reds to some more creative alternatives.

Champagne

Champagne

The mainstay of any celebration, Champagne is the first on our list. One of the most perfect wines to serve with Christmas turkey, the high acidity complements the traditional turkey flavour and can be enjoyed throughout your meal.

The buttery flavours of Champagne work wonderfully with the grassy and herbal flavours of the turkey. Champagne can also be enjoyed with dessert.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Possibly the safest choice on our list is Pinot Noir. You can’t go wrong with this classic combination as this wonderfully versatile wine compliments the turkey flavours.

Guests can choose between a new world pinot noir for lighter, fruitier flavours or try something older from the regions of France or Germany – both pair well with the classic Christmas dinner.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

An obvious choice of wine to pair with your Christmas turkey is Chardonnay. The acidity and fruitiness of the wine works well with the herby notes of the meat.

Whether you choose a chardonnay from France for its fruity and crisp flavours or choose a variety from California for a more oaky note, you won’t be disappointed with this meat and wine combo.

Zinfandel

Zinfandel

Zinfandel is one of our favourite wines to serve with Christmas Turkey. The fruity and full-bodied profile complements varied cuts of turkey. So whether it’s light or dark cuts that you serve your guests, they’ll have a wonderful wine to match.

This is the ideal wine for those who like a little more punch than the Pinot Noir. Zinfandel works especially well with heavier meals… so it’s perfect for those serving a festive feast!

Reisling

Riesling

Riesling is the ideal wine for those that prepare their Christmas turkey with lots of herbs, A dry Riesling highlights the added flavours of turkey.

While the dryness of the wine compliments flavours, the acidity and minerality prevent the flavours from overpowering the palate, creating great balance throughout your meal.

Beaujolais

Beaujolais

A light wine with high acidity, Beaujolais pairs brilliantly with turkey meat. The perfect choice for those looking for a more tender wine to serve.

The light and fruity wine compliments the flavour of the turkey whilst its low alcohol content highlights the sweeter flavours. This wine is highly recommended for those who wish to keep the meal light.

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