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Here is something small to know about turkey.



Here is what you need to know about turkey.


Turkey is a white meat and has a low fat content, which is why it can dry out if not cooked carefully.


So, your wine matches should ideally be either a full-bodied white wine or a medium-bodied red, with low or medium tannin and relatively high acidity.


Fine tannins are great in a balanced wine with some bottle age, but too much mouth-coating tannin could also ruin all those hours you’ve spent slaving away in the kitchen.


It may seem strange that classic Christmas wine choices include those with relatively high tannin levels, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends from Bordeaux. But, this is where bottle age comes into play, because tannins will soften and integrate over time in the best wines.


There is likely to be a dearth of fat on the plate in general, leaving little to soften tannins in a big, bold, young wine.


This can accentuate the harsh feeling of tannins in the mouth, eclipsing other flavours, while the saltiness of the turkey can also make tannins taste more bitter.




Turkey is white meat and has a low fat content, which is why it can dry out if not cooked carefully.russels sprouts are just some of the dishes vying for attention.


It may seem strange that classic Christmas wine choices include those with relatively high tannin levels, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends from Bordeaux. But, this is where bottle age comes into play because tannins will soften and integrate over time in the best wines.


A wine with medium or high levels of acidity should be able to cope better with these myriad flavours.


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