Pairing: Turkey Pie Paired with a Louis Jadot 2012 Morgon Château des Jacques (Beaujolais)
Food: It’s wonderful that great meals can be created from what is rather negatively called “leftovers”. It has that connotation of a warmed up, dried out replication of a meal eaten seemingly ages ago. Why not create something new and delicious from that “old meal” had at Thanksgiving? In this example, we are cutting up the cooked turkey, combining it with the peas and carrots, incorporating the remaining creamed onions for a nice cream sauce, and topping the newly named “pie” with a mixture of leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing. There … you’d hardly recognize it as Thanksgiving from three months ago. Important ingredient … a freezer! Just add your imagination.
Wine: Beaujolais is a French wine region located just south of the famed Burgundy wine area. Unlike Burgundy, however, which is focused on growing mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, Beaujolais is one of the few wine-producing regions of the world focused on just one grape variety, Gamay. The best wine produced in the Beaujolais region comes from one of ten vineyard areas designated “cru” of which Morgon is one of them.
Tasting Notes: A delightful, light-bodied wine with a medium garnet color. Aromas of blueberry and red raspberry drift up from the glass. Those dark berries also tickle the palate, but what’s that other taste … hmmm … I’d say red plum and maybe cherry. A very pleasant wine that doesn’t overwhelm one with its fruit and pairs nicely with the turkey, potato, onion, pea, and carrot flavors of the turkey pie. Sounds like the elements of a Thanksgiving dinner. Why, yes … there it was hiding in the freezer. Wine pairing to dress up leftovers! It also pairs well with Aunt Kate’s chocolate cake for dessert. Gotta love it!
Other Wines That Pair Well with Turkey Pie: Pinot Noir (New Zealand), Chardonnay (California), Zinfandel (California), Crémant d’Alsace (Sparkling Wine from Alsace)
Other Food That Pairs Well with Beaujolais: Charcuterie, Tuna (grilled), Gilled Cheese Sandwich, Hamburgers, Sausages
View Maps of the Beaujolais Region: Beaujolais wine region
A Source: www.wine.com