Well, let’s assume that you are not a 1940’s hipster and when you say “bird” you are indeed referring to “turkey” and not your sweetheart. Keeping this in mind, I have a few suggestions that should satisfy all tastes.
1. German Riesling
This is by far the best pairing. I know there are many of you out there who have uttered the words, “I don’t like sweet wine.” How can I put this delicately? You are wrong. You do like sweet wine, you just have not had a sweet wine that you care for… yet. Treat yourself this Thanksgiving, steer clear of the Black Tower and go buy yourself a nice German Riesling and witness the glory that is turkey paired with riesling. The reason this pairing works so well is the interplay between the savory richness of turkey and the sweet acidity of a well made riesling. I am salivating just writing this. I will even throw you a bone by recommending one of my favorites. Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Reisling Spatlese. Delicious.
2. Red Burgundy (Pinot Noir)
You should have stopped reading this blog already and begun to head out to buy some riesling, but for those of you who just MUST drink red with dinner I also have a suggestion. The reds of Burgundy, from France, offer a suitable alternative. Burgundy pairs well with turkey because the predominant Burgandy grape, Pinot Noir, is typically light enough to not over power the flavour of the turkey. The spicy, gamey notes of Pinot also make for a wonderful pairing with the dark meat specifically. If you really want to treat yourself grab a bottle of Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne.
Why the heck not. When you are hunkering down to huge plate of oily, fatty, bird, slathered in gravy goodness sitting beside a huge helping of spicy stuffing why wouldn’t you be craving an ice cold beer to wash that down? I sure would! And if we are being specific I would be craving a bold hop filled IPA (India Pale Ale). The fragrant, bitter beer will offer a great pairing with the spicy and savory dinner. I am thinking about Dieu du Ciel Corne du Diable from Quebec.
Well, I hope we can make your Thanksgiving dinner just a little more enjoyable. Of course the best pairing for Thanksgiving dinner is Family and good friends, if you have some of those around than everything else is “gravy”.