THANKSGIVING WINE WISDOM AT www.EatTurkey.com

October 8, 2007
Washington D.C.

CONTACT: Sherrie Rosenblatt, National Turkey Federation
202-898-0100 ext. 227, srosenblatt@turkeyfed.org

National Turkey Federation (NTF) is making Thanksgiving preparation less complicated with a consumer guide to preparing a perfect holiday turkey and selecting wines to accompany the meal at its Web site, www.EatTurkey.com. Whether a “first-timer” or one who has prepared countless Thanksgiving meals, a little extra assistance is always welcome. The ultimate American holiday feast is the perfect time to highlight the bounty of America’s vineyards. The NTF contacted expert chefs from noted wineries to help guide wine pairings for the approaching holiday season. Chefs from American wineries provided their favorite turkey presentations along with recommended wines from their vineyards, which can all be found on www.EatTurkey.com. “I love the way the pleasant but moderate gaminess of turkey brings out the fruit in both our white and red wines,” explained winery chef Kristine Schug of Schug Carneros Estate Winery in Sonoma, Calif. “Turkey is so versatile we use it for many events at the winery. When we brine turkey for a barbecue over wood chips, the added element of light smokiness makes turkey ideal for serving with Pinot Noir.”

Another ageless suggestion from Executive Chef Christopher Manning at Domaine Chandon Vineyard, Napa Valley, Calif., "Sparkling reds and rosés are the perfect wines to serve with a holiday meal. Not only are they festive and food-friendly; they are very versatile and pair really well with roast turkey, vegetable side dishes and cranberries.” The NTF Web site includes Chef Manning’s Herbed Turkey and Sausage Dressing served at the vineyard’s restaurant, “étoile.” Executive Chef Fernando Divina of Tendrils at SageCliffe in the Cave B Estate Winery, Quincy, Wash., suggests a Washington State Syrah with his Muscogee Style Roast Turkey. Chef Eric Lee of Simi Winery, Healdsburg, Calif., offers a recipe for Maple Spice Brined Turkey with Chardonnay Sauce paired with a Russian River Reserve Chardonnay. He suggests “chardonnay as a pleasing partner to the wide variety of foods served at Thanksgiving.” Other white wines such as Gewurztraminer offer a fruity, slightly spicy wine that complements smoked turkey and other bold flavors. Riesling is another excellent pairing for menu presentations that may contain a bit of spice. From these noted chefs, NTF recommends offering both American red and white wines, sparkling or non-sparkling, to complement the variety of foods served on our national day of Thanksgiving. Visit EatTurkey.com to see how other chefs from various wineries select wines for their Thanksgiving meal and even for all those fabulous leftovers at http://www.eatturkey.com/consumer/cookinfo/holiday_wines.html .