Ted Allen's seven favorite wines include a refreshing Vinho Verde from Portugal and a bright Pinot Noir to pair with turkey.

Ray Isle
November 18, 2014

Ted Allen's seven favorite wines include a refreshing Vinho Verde from Portugal and a bright Pinot Noir to pair with turkey.

Best wine to drink while hanging out with [Allen's cat] Rufus Pink:
2013 Laurent Miquel Père et Fils Cinsault-Syrah Rosé
($10)
“Pink wine, of course! But dry. I serve this French rosé all year, not just in summer, because it goes well with almost any food.”

Best alternative to overpriced Pinot Grigio:
NV Broadbent Vinho Verde
($10)
“Pinot Grigio is a fine, thirst-quenching white, but I’d never pay more than $10 for it. Instead, I go for a refreshing Vinho Verde from Portugal.”

Best unexpected choice for a stubbornly traditionalist turkey dinner:
2012 Benton-Lane Estate Grown Pinot Noir
($29)
“Turkey can absolutely stand up to a red wine. This bright, concentrated Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one I love.”

Best hostess gift when you can’t find Hungarian Frizzante:
2012 Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris
($18)
“The Sparrs have made wine since the reign of King Louis XIV. Their lightly sweet Pinot Gris is widely available and reliably delicious.”

Best bottle to bring to a party—and tell the host to put away to drink later:
2012 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée
($26)
“Chappellet, in Napa Valley, is famous for its beautiful Cabernet Franc. That’s hard to find, unfortunately, but this widely available Cabernet blend is also lovely.”

Best gift for someone whose wine collection got roasted in a hot basement:
2008 Château Durfort-Vivens
($42)
“We love red at my house. This famed Bordeaux is a great wine at a very fair price.”

Best champagne to saber for an over-the-top music video shoot:
2004 Pol Roger Brut
($114)
“For something special that makes a great gift, I like this bottling from Pol Roger—partly because 2004 was a very good vintage for the Champagne region.”

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