Tips for Pairing Turkey with Wine

Many operations feature special pairings of wine and cheese, or wine and chocolate, but why not wine and turkey? Sipping wine and sampling small plates can be a fun evening for patrons, and can help drive traffic to your establishment.
Try these suggestions:

  • Sauvignon Blanc—This crisp white wine pairs well with turkey breast. It will be especially delicious served with Grilled Sesame Turkey Kebabs and a side of Tzatziki sauce.
  • Gewürztraminer or Riesling—Serve these white wines with exotic dishes, like these Thai-inspired Turkey Pick-Up Sticks. The slightly fruity taste will offset any spice or strong flavors.
  • Pinot Noir—This red wine’s berry flavor pairs well with turkey (think turkey with cranberry sauce). Instead of the traditional roast turkey, try a slider version of The Pilgrim burger.
  • Barbera—Rich, dry red wine made from Barbera grapes is a tasty complement to mozzarella and basil flavors. Try pairing it with Turkey & Mozzarella Genovese open-face sandwiches, or even mini artisan pizzas topped with sliced turkey medallions.

Now that you have a general idea of basic wine and turkey pairings, it’s easy to alter menu items to suit your diners’ tastes—from casual to sophisticated. For more ideas, check out our Innovative Recipes.


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