View Full Version : what kind of wine for mad max's turkey?

11-24-2009, 02:07 PM
should it be a dry wine or a semi sweet wine?

11-24-2009, 02:09 PM
Gewurtztraminer is the Classic wine for anything Turkey if you like red, a soft tannin structure in a Pinot Noir or on the Italian side I prefer Valpolicella.


Big Mack
11-24-2009, 02:37 PM
Chateau Ste. Michelle produces a very good and affordable gewurtztraminer.

11-24-2009, 02:59 PM
And a very nice Reisling as well.


Capt Nat
11-24-2009, 03:36 PM
Another vote here for Riesling...I especially like Pacific Rim

11-24-2009, 03:56 PM
Fetzer also make a good gewurtztraminer.

11-24-2009, 05:10 PM
He's asking what kind of wine to cook with using the Mad Max's Turkey. I say go dry when cooking.

11-24-2009, 06:02 PM
Semi Sweet is how all or most German Whites finish.


So yes you will want a Semi Sweet White to pair with Turkey.

Rick's Tropical Delight
11-24-2009, 07:09 PM
He's asking what kind of wine to cook with using the Mad Max's Turkey. I say go dry when cooking.

i think that's what he is asking too, but i'm not sure. maybe he could tell us if he is asking for what to drink while eating the turkey or what to use in the pan to baste. i've seen people complain the wine ruined the gravy when they used a sweet white wine, so go dry white unless you want sweet gravy.

11-24-2009, 07:45 PM
I would go dry and simple for cooking, a sauvignon blanc of cheap chardonnay. I like cooking with wine in a box for this. For drinking, the best match will be a Alsatian or German Reisling. The Gewurtztraminer is not for everyone.

JD McGee
11-24-2009, 07:53 PM
Things You Will Need

A turkey would be a good start
Two onions
Celery (and perhaps a carrot or two)
Fresh herbs like tarragon, sage, thyme, rosemary and whatever else sounds good to you
Two apples
A lemon
A pound (4 sticks) of butter: 2 for the turkey; 2 for the gravy
Gallon zip-lock bags (very important!!!)
Bottle of white wine (this is for the bird--buy more if you and yours will also be partaking)
Roasting pan
Stock pot (at least 4 quarts)
The recipe calls for white wine...I would use an inexpensive one on the dry side that you like to drink...(Yellowtail Chardonay comes to my mind) For dinner I prefer to drink a nice Pinot Noir with turkey...here are a few tips for ya! :-P Happy Turkey Day...:-P

Best Thanksgiving White Wines

Riesling (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/whitewines/g/Rieslings.htm): A white wine that may either be bone dry or fairly sweet, excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet. Whether from Alsace, Germany or Washington – Riesling wines are a top pick white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot, honey and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.
Gewurztraminer (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/whitewines/g/Gewurtztraminer.htm): This white wine tends to have the aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal that give it a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both. Gewurztraminer offers a delicious white wine option for Thanksgiving Day.
Sauvignon Blanc (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/vineyardvocab/g/SauvignonBlanc.htm): This crisp white wine is known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, making it a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.
Pinot Grigio (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/whitewines/g/PinotGrigio.htm): Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.
Albarino (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/vineyardvocab/g/Albarino.htm) and Viognier, while they may not boast the initial name recognition of say…Chardonnay, these white wine varietals, offer the perfect opportunity to shake up the Thanksgiving table and take your guests on a little wine adventure, while still maintaining perfect pairing power.

Top Red Wine Thanksgiving Options
Pinot Noir (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/redwines/g/PinotNoir.htm): This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom inspired flavors surround the fruit features of the wine and tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.
Zinfandel (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/vineyardvocab/g/Zinfandel.htm): A fuller bodied red wine that ups the intensity from a Pinot Noir, but still maintains a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. This would be a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter and sweet flavor profiles.
Syrah/Shiraz (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/vineyardvocab/g/shirazsyrah.htm): The Syrah grape can bring a spicy edge or a meaty character to the table often increasing the complexity, while graciously handling the cornucopia of flavors in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prevalent peppery notes of Syrah will partner well with the herb-infused stuffing and both the white and dark turkey meat. Beaujolais Nouveau (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/od/winearoundtheworld/a/BeaujolaisNouv.htm): A light, fruity red wine, from the Gamay grape, that goes quite well with turkey and all of the fixings. This wine is released from France on the third Thursday of November, just in time to highlight your Thanksgiving feast!

Rick's Tropical Delight
11-24-2009, 08:08 PM
wino :icon_clown

11-24-2009, 10:35 PM
Sorry I was unclear. I was asking which wine to use when cooking a mad max turkey.