Turkey Leg Confit … Paired with a Robust Zinfandel

Pairing: Turkey Leg Confit Paired with a 2015 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 

Food: Confit is most often made with duck , usually the leg quarters. Thanksgiving this year was just the two of us (thanks to the pandemic). Last year we had made a turkey roulade which left us with a couple of uncooked legs in the freezer. Well … why not make turkey leg confit? This linked video is excellent in describing the technique for making this most satisfying dish. We made it the exact same way, but used only sage, thyme, salt and pepper for the seasoning. A delicious way to help celebrate this wonderful holiday giving thanks for all our blessings.

Turkey Leg Confit served with vegetables from our garden.

Wine: The Dry Creek Valley wine region in Sonoma County is home to some of the finest Zinfandel in California. Indeed the case could be made that this area produces the best anywhere. As we have stated elsewhere on this site, Zinfandel was the first wine we really fell in love with, and twenty years later it remains a favorite, frequently served on special occasions . For years, we have viewed Zinfandel as the quintessential American wine perfect for celebrating American holidays. However, DNA testing in the 1990’s at UC Davis ascertained that the Zinfandel grape is identical to the Italian grape, Primitivo. Hmmmm …

And, to further muddy the waters, we know that the Primitivo grape is genetically the same as the Croatian grape Crljenak Kastelanski. So, did the Zinfandel grapes in California originate in Italy or Croatia? Yet another mystery … what are the origins of the name Zinfandel? What we do know is that it is a wonderful wine, with complex fruit and spice flavors that pair beautifully with so many foods. And Ridge Vineyards produce some of the very best Zinfandel, single-vineyard wines (e.g., Lytton Springs) being their signature product.

2015 Ridge Lytton Springs – 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 2% Mourvedre

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in color. A bouquet of blackberry, black currant, and black cherry. On the palate one gets layers of earth, black currant, spice, and cedar. A pleasant deep “woodsy” taste balanced nicely with the black fruit flavors. The depth of flavors in the wine complements well the richness of the confit. Really nice.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Turkey Confit: Pinot Noir (New Zealand), Cahors (SW France), Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux), Malbec (Argentina)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Zinfandel: Roasted Duck and Lamb, Grilled Beef, Sausage, Lasagna

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Roast Turkey … Served with a Robust Sonoma Zinfandel Blend

Pairing: Roast Turkey Paired with 2013 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

Food:  Our Thanksgiving dinner has remained mostly unchanged for decades. We no longer raise our own turkeys, and we now brine the turkey with our own cider added to the water, salt, star anise, cinnamon sticks, dried apples, and juniper berries, among other spices. The turkey is served with cornbread stuffing, Berks County filling (a family recipe of mashed potatoes with an egg and some stuffing mixed into it and baked), creamed onions, pickled beets, peas and carrots. I start salivating just typing out the menu on the screen! The meal can accurately be described as a ensemble of flavors, and it requires a wine that can be the orchestral conductor that brings these elements together into a memorable symphony. Enter … Ridge Vineyards Geyserville.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Wine: Turkey, like Chicken and Pork, is what we refer to as one of those universal foods that pairs beautifully with a diversity of red or white wines. For our special Thanksgiving meal this year, we selected a favorite red wine that is a blend of 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, and a scant 1% Mourvedre. Ridge Vineyard’s Geyserville estate is located in the Alexander Valley wine area in the northern part of California’s Sonoma County, Some of the vines grown by Ridge to make their Geyserville wine are said to be more than 130 years old.  These old vines are at least partly responsible for the intensity of flavors in this Zinfandel blend.

Ridge Zinfandel

Tasting Notes:  A deep purplish red in color. Delightful aromas of blackberry, leather and earth. A rich full flavor that combines layers of blackberry, hedgerow fruit, earth, allspice and mace. The pleasant tannins, balanced acidity, and earthy flavor (possibly from the inclusion of a little Mourvèdre) tip it more toward the taste of an Old World wine, despite its California source. Flavors in the wine are deliciously enhanced by the cornbread stuffing, Berks County filling, gravy and creamed onions, and vice versa. Exquisite.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Roast Turkey: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling, Chardonnay (California), Gerwürztraminer

Other Food That Pairs Well with Zinfandel:  Roast Lamb, Roast Beef, Barbecued Chicken or Pork, Cheese Burgers

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