If you're like me, I wouldn't have the SLIGHTEST clue what goes well with turkey. With a little help from realsimple.com, I came up with a reference guide of a dozen EASY TO FIND bottles - all $15 or less - that are worthy of your feast.
Crisp & Refreshing
2008 ERATH Pinot Gris
Pear, ripe banana, and peach blossom make this a fruity pick.
2009 CHARLES SMITH Kung Fu Girl Riesling
Light & fresh with a punch of apricot and lychee.
GRUET BRUT Champenoise
This dry New Mexican sparkler with a slight pucker of green apple is nice and bubbly and sure to get the party started.
Lush and Round
2009 PINE RIDGE Chenin Blanc Viognier
Pure bliss radiates from the delicious flavors of honeydew, peach, and jasmine.
2008 HAYMAN & HILL Russian River Valley Reserve Selection Chardonnay
This pick is extra turkey friendly with it's big, rich notes of tropical fruit, butterscotch, and oak.
Soft & Fruity
2008 PERTINACE Barbera d'Alba
Add elegance to the table with hints of blackberry, black cherry, and violets.
2008 GEORGES DEUBOEUF Morgon Jean Descombes
Not too overpowering but definitely loaded with aromas of black currant and roses.
2009 MATUA VALLEY Marlborough Pinot Noir
Your mouth with water over this medium bodied Pinot. Overflowing with bing cherry notes and a floral, smokey aroma.
Bold & Rich
2006 MONTEVINA Zinfandel
Easiest enough to drink on it's own but complex enough to stand up to the heartiest dishes on the table.
2008 HEARTLAND Stickleback Red
Super satisfying blend of spicy plums.
2008 PLANETA LA SEGRETA Sicily IGT
The mixture of Mero d'Avola, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc makes this a vibrant taste of dark berries, cloves, and plums.