Toast to turkey: Butterball hotline adds wine pairings

Thanksgiving may be past, but turkey days are still upon us as this staple of holiday meals keeps trotting to the table.

But what wine goes best with the bird? It depends on how that turkey was cooked.

So say the wine experts at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. And those tips are now just a call or click away.

For the first time, Mondavi’s Woodbridge label teamed with Butterball to add wine pairing suggestions to the iconic Butterball Turkey Talk hotline.

The suggestions may not be what you expected. For traditional roast turkey, preferred pairings include one white wine — slightly bubbly and sweet moscato — and three reds more often associated with red-meat entres — pinot noir, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

For brined turkey, the list is all whites: Pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and lightly oaked chardonnay. Fried turkey calls for riesling, moscato or white zinfandel.

Smoked turkey can go either way: Chardonnay or zinfandel or maybe a cabernet sauvignon. Grilled turkey also goes well with a wide range of wines: Lightly oaked chardonnay or meatier reds such as malbec, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

The Butterball hotline, which also offers a plethora of advice on cooking turkey and other holiday mainstays, is open now through Dec. 24. Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL; that’s (800) 288-8372. The hotline is open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST weekdays through Dec. 23 plus those same hours the weekend before Christmas, Dec. 21 and 22. The hotline also will be open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve.

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