Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Turkey Wines

These enjoyable wines are a good match for your Thanksgiving turkey. Find these well priced pinots that deliver via

Rudolf Rabl Löss Grüner Veltliner 2011
$13.95 (88 Points)

From Austria’s Kamptal region, this grüner is gentle but fresh. Soft and rounded on the palate with floral and light pear notes, it has a pleasant acidity and touch of white pepper to perk it up. Nicely balanced with a smooth finish, it’s a match for roasted turkey with simple bread and onion stuffing, served with mashed potatoes.

Domaine de Vaugondy Dry Vouvray 2010
$14.95 (89 Points)

Entirely devoted to chenin blanc, the vines on this Loire domaine average 20 to 55 years old giving a lovely concentration to the wine. Great acidity yields a tangy, zesty white with flavours of quince, apple and pear. Perfect for turkey with a fruit-based stuffing, roasted root veggies and cranberry sauce.

Triacca Spadino Maremma 2010
$15.95 (88 Points)

From the coastal area of Tuscany, this medium-bodied red has a pretty, cedar-and-spice bouquet and an elegant, dry taste. Easy and smooth at first, it still has a good tannic grip. Sour cherry and plum flavours combine with savoury herbs on the palate and finish. Pair with turkey stuffed with sausages and spices served with savoury gravy.

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