Behind-the-Scenes Dish with Top Chef's Ted Allen

iVillage: What wine would you recommend for Thanksgiving?

Ted Allen: Turkey being a game bird... while I think most Americans probably reflexively grab for a Chardonnay, I would rather have a nice Pinot Noir, a nice Burgundy with it because you're roasting it, it's getting some nice earthy flavors. It can totally stand up to a light red... But you can even do it with a bigger-bodied red; some people like Syrah or Zinfandel with Thanksgiving turkey.

Because of the fact that a lot of what you're serving is sweet, a really good way to go would be Alsatian wines. Try an Alsatian Pinot Gris or a Gewurztraminer or a Riesling. All of those Alsatian wines have a little bit of sweetness, but they're not as cloyingly sweet as the German versions.


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