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From rich, balanced whites, to earthy, fruit-driven reds, we have selected the best wines to serve with turkey this Thanksgiving Day.
Pairing wine with a traditional roasted turkey on Thanksgiving Day is actually not as difficult as it seems. The meat’s succulent flavour profile and juicy texture make it the perfect match for an array of diverse grape varieties, hailing from regions all over the globe.  
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Chardonnay
No matter which region you look to, you can’t go wrong in pairing Chardonnay with your turkey. Although the grape’s expressions vary worldwide, the wine’s crisp acidity, mineral undertones, and fruit-forward nature bring out the best that turkey has to offer. Old World expressions, particularly from France, will generally show more minerality and citrus-driven notes, while New World expressions, from the USA, Australia, or South America, will tend to show more juicy, stone fruit flavours. Creamy oaked Chardonnay will pair nicely with buttery side dishes. 
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Pinot Noir
For red wine lovers, Pinot Noir with turkey is a no-brainer. The wine’s bright high acidity, as well as extreme versatility on the table, make it a solid choice for pairing not only with turkey, but also the handful of sides that will cover the rest of your plate. Look to Old World regions for earthier expressions, noted with mushroom and tart cherry flavours. For juicy, more fruit-forward bottlings, look no further than the United States, Australia, and other New World growing areas. 
Look for:
(France) Les Cotilles Pinot Noir, Vin de France, LCBO# 583088
(New Zealand) Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2017, VINTAGES# 329805
 

Zinfandel
There’s a reason why Zinfandel has long been a Thanksgiving Day staple — it’s one of the best wines with turkey. Jammy, juicy, and fruit forward, these bottles pair gorgeously with both light and dark meats, as well as an array of sides.
Look for:
(California) Cline Zinfandel, LCBO# 489278



Champagne
No holiday is a true celebration until a bottle of bubbly is popped, and Thanksgiving is no exception. As much as we love bubbles from other areas around the globe, for special holidays as such, we recommend springing for the real stuff. High in acid, insanely food-friendly, and just about as festive as it gets, Champagne might just be the best wine to sip with turkey — as well as pre-dinner, post dinner, and everything in between. 
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Wines to Serve with a Smoked Turkey
The flavours of a smoked turkey are rich and somewhat sweet. You’ll need a stronger wine to hold up to the richer flavours of smoked turkey.
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Pair with:
(California) Cline Zinfandel, LCBO# 489278
(Rhône) E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône, VINTAGES# 259721

Wines to Serve with a Fried Turkey
Fried food needs something with high acidity to cut the fat and salt. The ideal answer to this is something sparkling. 
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Pair with:
(South Africa) Graham Beck Brut Sparkling, VINTAGES# 593483
(Italy) Giusti Brut Asolo Prosecco Superiore, VINTAGES# 422857

Find more recipe inspiration for your Thanksgiving Dinner here and a larger selection of wines here.

Article source: Food & Wine
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