What Wine Goes With Deep-Fried Turkey?

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Deep Fried TurkeyWhile spending Christmas with my family in Tacoma, we managed to successfully deep-fry a turkey without injuring ourselves or setting the place on fire. As far as wine choices with this turkey, and especially with a holiday meal where everything under the sun is on the table, I say just drink what you like. A handful of ideas, however, did come to mind during and after I pounded down a few beers in front of the boiling cauldron of oil and turkey:
  • Bubbles. Anything crunchy and salty (like chips) seems to have an affinity with sparkling wine. The deep-fried turkey had a remarkably crisp skin that I could have eaten by the handful if only I didn't have to share it with a dozen other people. (Not that I was complaining....OK, maybe a little.)
  • A light, refreshing red and/or white. A lively Northern Italian white or something in the Gamay/Pinot Noir family is a classic with turkey. But then again...
  • Why not a hearty, burly red like a Zinfandel? Or a bruiser of a Spanish Garnacha? You've got that spicy skin, and you can't discount the dark meat. Put some brawn into your glass! Which reminds me...
  • A big, rich white would work as well; why not a plush White Burgundy or California Chardonnay? Nothing that's an oak monster, but a little bit of heft wouldn't hurt.
So you can have bubbles, a lighter white and/or red, or a heavier white and/or red. They all have their pluses (and minuses). It's best just to have a lot of variety and experiment with whatever happens to be within arm's reach. I ended up drinking the same red I had for Thanksgiving: The 2009 Brundlmayer Zweigelt. An easy-drinking red in a shareable one-liter bottle, it was great with a slight chill on it. Deep-Fried Turkey and Zweigelt So what did you end up eating and drinking over the holidays? Follow Esquin on Twitter 2009 Brundlmayer Zweigelt (1L) $15

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Big One-Liter Austrian Wines: Ready for the Holidays

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1L Austrian Wine For Thanksgiving Though I recently gave a compendium of Thanksgiving picks, I overlooked a couple of my favorites. The theme for my Thanksgiving drinking enjoyment will be this: Austrian wines in one-liter bottles. For under $15 you can get 33% more wine than the standard, puny, insignificant 750ml bottle.* Both of the wines, the Hofer Gruner Veltliner and the Brundlmayer Zweigelt, are notable for their lightness and moderate alcohol. I would venture to say that anyone who likes crisp, dry, unoaked wines would enjoy the Hofer. And with Beaujolais and Pinot Noir being such popular Thanksgiving reds, I think the Zwiegelt would play nicely with those wines; it's a lighter-style red that will help you wash down the overflowing bounty of the holiday table. I don't know what the origin is of the 1L bottle versus the 750ml or why Austria seems to have cornered the market on them (though I have seen German wines in this size). All I know is that I love drinking them and they will please a large, thirsty crowd. And the icing on the cake (the stuffing in the turkey?) is the Hofer is sealed with a bottle cap. How fun is that? The Hofer Gruner: Bottle Cap Top I guarantee this will facilitate conversation around the table. (Like the time a customer at a previous job said to me about the Hofer: "This beer is flat.") Happy Thanksgiving everybody! (*If these bottles were 750mls I'd still feel they were a good deal at the same price. Therefore, I am getting an extra third for free. At least that's how my math works.) Follow Esquin on Twitter

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