Should you drink white or red wine with Turkey?
Traditionally many drink white wine. A nice California Chardonnay, that has some oakiness and has gone through secondary ML (malolactic) fermentation, would be great before dinner. During dinner a more acidic chardonnay that has not gone through ML and has seen less oak would be better. More acidic wines tend to go better with food and Turkey if often served with a cranberry relish which has sugar and bitterness. No wine will taste great just after a large bite of cranberry relish, but a more acidic wine will have the best chance.
Many people are trying red wines with Thanksgiving dinner and loving them. The Nouveau Beaujolais were released about 10 days ago. They have a beautiful flowery nose and enough acid to match the dinner. They are not too heavy and will not compete with the meal. If you have not tried this combination, you should.
At our house our favorite white on the Day of the Bird is Pinot Noir. Pinot has that great classic pinot nose that always builds my anticipation of the flavors to follow. Pinot is light not heavy, so it does not compete with the meal. It also has enough acid to get through the cranberry relish gauntlet. In fact the light not heavy character of pinot noir is why it is such a great food wine. It goes great with fish, pasta, chicken, pork, duck and even beef. If I had to choose one wine for all meals it would be a Pinot Noir.
This Thanksgiving break with tradition a go with a red.