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Top tips for pairing with Turkey

With Thanksgiving being celebrated all across the USA this Thursday and around the world by the American diaspora, I thought we should take a look at some wines for serving at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Of course, I know most of us won’t be celebrating with a Thanksgiving dinner, but I think it’s fair to assume that those of us who do will be sitting down to the traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. When it comes to matching a red wine to turkey, I like to go with either an elegant Pinot Noir or a rich Chardonnay or indeed why not both!

In keeping with the theme, I have mostly gone with American wines, (including some from South America) but even if you don’t plan on taking part in Thanksgiving celebrations, there’s a good chance that you will be doing something very similar on December 25th, and these recommendations will work just as well with the Christmas turkey.

Murphy-Goode founders, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready enjoying the fruits of their labours.

Starting with a wine from the US, Murphy Goode Chardonnay (€17.95 down from €19.95), has classic ripe Chardonnay flavours of apple, lemon and white peach and very well-balanced acidity on the palate, all wrapped up in a soft mouth-feel thanks to the subtle use of oak.

Domaine Begude-owners, Katherine & James Kinglake amidst their organic Chardonnay vines.

Staying with Chardonnay, my next choice comes from the South of France, the organically-grown Domaine Begude Etoile (€17.95 down from €19.95), is a wonderfully complex barrel-fermented Chardonnay with gorgeous pear, nut aromas and creamy oatmeal texture in perfect balance with the fresh citrus finish.

Leyda's Winemaker, Viviana Navarette, is the leading advocate for Chile's cool-climate Pinot Noir potential.

On to the reds now, and my first choice is from Chile’s Cool-climate Leyda Valley which is influenced by the cool Pacific Ocean breezes. Leyda ‘las Brisas’ (€12.95 down from €17.95), is a beautiful, single-vineyard Pinot Noir which offers exceptional value and great fruit purity. More-ish juicy raspberry and blueberry fruit with some oak age which adds complexity.

Back to the USA for my final two wines, the first, Byron Santa Barbara Pinot Noir (€23.95 down from €25.95), is a sumptuous, single-vineyard wine with superb, intense red-berried fruit undercut with subtle oak-spice on a silk-smooth palate.

La Crema's chief Winemaker Craig McAllister surveys his crop.

Last, but by no means least, La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (€29.95 down from €34.95), has aromas of red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate lead to a palate of blackberry fruit, plums, cherries and subtle layers of exotic spice and toast with fine tannins and well-balanced acidity.

Our loyalty promotion continues right up until 10.00pm this Sunday, November 26th, with 20% back onto your loyalty card for any six wines purchased, so why not drop by your local store to pick up some of the wines recommended above or indeed any of the more than 200 exciting wines we have on promotion.

*Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on January 2nd, 2018, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

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