10 Top Thanksgiving Wines: Turkey Meet Your Match

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10 Top Thanksgiving Wines: Turkey Meet Your Match

From:
http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/natalie_maclean/index.html

As promised in my earlier post this week about wine and food matching, here are my top ten wines for Thanksgiving dinner. I chose them because they're generous, juicy, fruit-forward wines that will both moisten the turkey and complement many of the side dishes on the table.

I've also noted other dishes that these wines will complement beyond Thanksgiving dinner. I'd love to know which wines you'd add to this list:

2006 Ironstone Vineyards Obsession Symphony Sierra Foothills, California:
I love this wine with its floral notes. Pair with: Asian curry, chicken and pork. 12% alcohol MD (medium dry) 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100.

2005 Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand:
Winner of the Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge in the UK for 2006, this refreshing wine has a grassy herbal aroma with notes of passion fruit, pineapple and gooseberry. 13% D 750 mL $14.00 Score: 88/100.

2005 Studert-Prum Riesling Spatlese Qmp, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Estate BtlD., Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer:
A wonderfully aromatic wine that's packed with flavor but gloriously free of heavy alcohol. Nose of lime and citrus. Pair with: vegetarian dishes, seafood, chicken, pork, pasta. 9% M (medium dry) 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100.

2004 Freiherr Heyl Zu Herrnsheim Riesling Spatlese Qmp, Baron Heyl Nierstein, Estate BtlD., Germany, Rheinhessen:
A zippy delicious, mouthwatering wine. Pair with: vegetarian dishes, seafood, chicken, pork, pasta. 10% M 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100.

2005 W. Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer Reserve Speciale AC Alsace, France:
A classic gew├╝rztraminer with everything you expect. Pair with: Asian dishes, sweet curries, stuffed pork tenderloin. 13% D (dry) 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100.

Red Wines


2006 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand:
Lovely, aromatic notes of cherries and spice. This pinot has vibrant acidity and is best served with food to calm it down. Pair with: roast beef, smoky barbecue. 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100.

2005 Maison Champy Bourgogne Signature Pinot Noir AC, Burgundy: A staggering value for this lovely, medium-bodied pinot. Pair with: barbecued salmon. 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100.

2005 Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Du Chateau Ac, 1er Cru, Burgundy:
A rich, full-bodied pinot. Packed with notes of cherries, plums, and smoke. 13% XD 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100.

2004 Rosenblum Annette's Reserve Zinfandel Redwood Valley, California:
Fantastic berry concentration in this full-bodied wine. Pair with: BBQ. 15% XD (extra dry) 750 mL $55.00 Score: 91/100.

2004 Aldegheri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Sant'ambrogio Doc, Italy, Veneto:
A lovely, medium-bodied red. Pair with: pasta and tomato sauce, roasted game bird. 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100.

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