This article appears courtesy the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association.
In Five questions with wine expert Claudia Tyagi, the Detroit Free Press asked Master Sommelier* Claudia Tyagi about selecting Michigan wines to go with a Thanksgiving dinner. They’ve since removed it from the web, but she recommended:
I always like Riesling with turkey, although with poultry Chardonnay would be beautiful. You have a lot of versatility and a lot of possibility with turkey. You could use a white wine or an aromatic wine. Those tend to go well with turkey, too.
MyNorth.com suggest a few Rieslings on the sweeter side and they also list some great dry Rieslings (which are awesome if you haven’t tried them). You might also want to try this recipe for roasting your turkey with white wine & rosemary.
Photo: Ciccone by Kiran Bhat
*Wikipedia’s Sommelier entry explains that a sommelier is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional who specializes in all aspects of wine service. Since the Master Sommelier Diploma was introduced in 1969, 171 people from around the world had become Master Sommeliers by 2009. Of these there were 74 active Master Sommeliers in the Americas.