Cook the perfect Christmas Turkey, pair it with the perfect Wine match

By popular request, here is our featured Christmas recipe. Please your guests with this simple and easy to prepare Christmas turkey recipe and find the perfect match with the Wine of the Week’ Pinot Noir Home Block 2008 Martinborough.



For the stuffing
– 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
– 1 chopped onion
– 2 chopped celery branch
– 2 apples diced
– 1 cup (250 mL) of dried cranberries
– 1/4 cup (175 mL) walnuts
– 2 sausages spicy (mild)
– 5 to 6 slices of bacon (cooked)
– French baguette bread in dices (half a baguette)

For the turkey
– 1 turkey
– 3 cups (750 mL) of water
– 1/4 cup (60 mL) of melted butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil on medium heat and cook celery and onion. Reserve.
Heat sausage until well cooked. Reserve.
Stir the stuffing ingredients.

Stuff turkey. Make sure that turkey will remain closed by using twine.
Lay turkey in a roasting pan. Add 3 cups (750 mL) of water.
Make sure to cover the wings and drumsticks with foil.
Oven for 4 hours at 325ºF(160ºC).
Basting with melted butter every 45 minutes to avoid the turkey to dry out
Serve and enjoy.

Wine and food pairing

Pinot Noir are excellent wine pairing with turkey. Complex, balanced with red fruits and earth aromas, the Pinot Noir will be a nice choice. No matter if you select a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, New Zealand, Oregon or California, Pinot Noir will simply be one of your best bet to pair with this festive meal.

View Pinot Noir Home Block 2008 Martinborough wine review.

Beaujolais Nouveau will also be a good and an accessible wine match to everyone with turkey.

Happy Holidays!

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About the Author

Guy-Jacques Langevin

Co-founder of Vinivino. His passion for wine started for over a decade. Guy-Jacques followed wine teaching courses from sommelier François Chartier and from the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) in addition to attending various wine tasting events. He founded Vinivino with the goal of bringing the wine accessible to everyone.

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