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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What types of wines pair well with turkey?

—John, New York

Dear John,

I've been getting a lot of turkey and Thanksgiving-pairing questions lately, so I checked with editor at large Harvey Steiman to get his take. Harvey says, "Turkey alone pairs with virtually anything, from Champagnes or sweet, delicate whites to rip-snorting Cabs and Syrahs. It's the other stuff on the Thanksgiving table that limits the possibilities, mainly because they are mostly sweet (yams, cranberry sauce, fruit-based stuffings, etc.). Keep the wines fruity and soft, whether white or red, and they'll work pretty well. I tend to go for Grenache or Zinfandel."

—Dr. Vinny


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