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Pour these great wines to reduce the chances of hearing a chorus of “turkey again?”

By Ray Isle
Updated October 25, 2018
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Turkey and Swiss Bread Pudding

Using up Thanksgiving leftovers requires some ingenuity and a high tolerance for repetition. These are the best bets for tasty post-holiday meal pairings.

Turkey Soup: 2012 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay ($18)

Turkey Soup with Tarragon Dumplings

Lightly oaked California Chardonnays like this lemon-scented variety are rich enough to pair with creamy soups but not too full-bodied for brothy ones.

Turkey Sandwiches: 2012 Muga Rosado ($13)

Next-Day Turkey Sandwiches

Dry rosés, which combine the light freshness of white wines with the fruitiness of reds, are the ideal weight to accompany flavorful turkey sandwiches. (They also taste good with cranberry sauce.)

Turkey Casserole: 2012 Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil Merlot ($12)

Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy casseroles are best with a red that has some tannic backbone—tannins cut the richness and refresh the palate. Merlot from Washington state, like this plush, berry-rich bottling, is a great choice.

Article updated October 2013.

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