Turkey & ham wine pairings


Turkey & Ham wine pairings from Molloys


If you are wondering which wine to pair with turkey and ham, then  look no further.
Compared to other poultry, turkey is by nature quite dry.  Baked ham is quite juicy, with soft, pliable protein. When cooked properly, it should also have a certain richness and spiciness with its cloves and honey glaze.

A rich round white will add richness to both meats. Chardonnay is an excellent choice. That includes French Burgundy (eg. Macon, Meursault, Chablis). So too is Pinot Gris (a richer style of Pinot Grigio).

In red wines, that same dryness should be offset by something smooth (ie. low tannin) and fruity. This will match the weight of the flavour, and also complement the cranberry sauce.

Rhône blends and Languedoc-Roussillon reds (Corbières, Minervois, Languedoc AC) are great all-rounders. If you prefer New World wines, Merlot, Shiraz, Grenache and blends of these are a perfect match. 

Baked ham goes particularly well with Pinot Noir and Beaujolais. Another good choice would be a mature (therefore smooth) Rioja or Bordeaux (particularly St. Emilion).

So here are some recommendations from Molloys for your Christmas Day wines:

Ch. Martinolles Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2015 is from Limoux in the south of France. Barrel-fermentation & oak ageing add layers of cloves, sweet spice & smokiness to this creamy, buttery, richly-flavoured wine. An Irish Times “100 Best Wines” choice in 2016.

Martinolles white croppedLe Grand Blanc 2012 Rich and round Chardonnay blend from the Languedoc, with a bouquet ranging from tropical fruit, peach, cinnamon and toast to butter and lemon.  An Irish Times Top 100 Wine.   Also recommended by The Sunday Business Post:  "Stunning wine.. Rich acacia and white flowers on the nose give way to the perfumed viognier. Then the nutty, toasty apricot and honey notes of a southern Burgundy star emerge. The finish is smooth and delicious.”

MWC Pinot Gris 2015 Flavours of ripe red apples, with a hint of spice. Generously flavoured (for a Pinot Grigio), nicely rounded acidity. “this Aussie is rich enough for a big meal, and a crowd-pleaser to boot.” – The Daily Star.

Ch. de Farel Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2015 This estate was known to supply the Papal Palace at Avignon in the fourteenth century. It’s beautifully smooth.  Subtle peppery, spicy notes lead into ripe red cherry, followed by slightly gamey earthy notes on the finish. This wine was awarded a Gold Medal by Gilbert & Gaillard.

Farel croppedMWC Shiraz Mourvedre 2014 is a Aussie blend of Shiraz (giving blackberry and pepper) and Mourvedre (offering smokiness). This is a rich fruit-driven red. Awarded 90 Points in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016 “Very good value, ready now.”

Sancho Garces Rioja Crianza 2014 is beautifully smooth and ready for drinking, as well as being undeniably great value. Mature slightly dried/stewed bramble fruits, vanilla and coconut, with a feint lick of sweet spice on the finish. Don’t let its inexpensive price put you off – it’s a cracker!

Ch. Chante Alouette 2012, St. Émilion Grand Cru: Situated next to the famous St. Émilion estates of Pavie & la Gaffeliere, old Merlot vines produce extremely concentrated and lengthy wine. Powerful, with ripe intense fruits, exploding to give great concentration of dark fruit, graphite & toastiness; finishing very long. “a St. Émilion Grand Cru with serious breeding” - The Daily Mail said.

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