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.