Sponsored Post – Rioja Wine Perfectly Paired For the Holidays

Wine with Thanksgiving dinner, perfect.  This post will share how well Rioja wine pairs with your turkey dinner.  Plus, you will get to enjoy a fabulous turkey recipe complimenting that delicious glass of wine.  Are you curious to how this type of wine pairs so well with your holiday dinner?  Rioja wine uses the Tempranillo grape, so you will get spices, deep rich flavors, smooth finish and hints of oak throughout the sip.  If you like lighter, less bold wine, then grab a Rioja Rose’ for your dinner.  Whichever one you choose, your palette will be thanking you in the end.  Who’s ready to enjoy a unique and flavorful turkey recipe for the holidays?

Rioja Wine - Perfectly paired for the holidays with your turkey dinner!

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Now, you all know how much I love food… Who doesn’t, right?  So, we need to pair up this delicious turkey dinner with a few side options.  Here are a couple recipes I made in the CafeTerraBlog kitchen, enjoy!  First, we have to have a cranberry relish, it’s a must with your turkey dinner.  For the recipe I share, instead of using Vodka or Grand Marnier add Rioja wine.  It will work perfectly, and keep all the flavors of your dinner flowing beautifully.

 Homemade Cranberry Relish

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Next, we have to have homemade stuffing with any turkey dinner, right?  Here is my special award winning recipe I created and is now our favorite.  Bountiful Pumpkin Stuffing is so full of rich flavors and spices, it would pair perfectly with the bold flavors in your Rioja wine.

Bountiful Pumpkin Stuffing

Bountiful Pumpkin Stuffing

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To prepare turkey:
1 Turkey
4 quarts water
1 cup salt
1 cup sugar
Carrots & Onions for roasting
Fresh thyme
Orange Sauce for soaking fruit and basting turkey:
2 Cups orange juice
1 small yellow onion
4 cloves of garlic
Salt, to taste
Honey, to taste
4 cups stock
Orange Zest
Prepared fruit to stuff in turkey:
Pine Nuts
For Spices:
Fennel seed
Cumin seed
Smoked Spanish Paprika
White Pepper
Mustard Seeds
Chili flakes
Equipment needed:
Cheese cloth


Bring to a boil the water, sugar and salt. Cool and then immerse turkey in the brining liquid for about an hour.

Toast pine nuts until golden on the stovetop.

In another pan, saute onions & garlic until soft and fragrant.

Add orange juice and stock and reduce by 1/3, stirring frequently.

Season with honey and salt according to your preference. Pour over the apricots and prunes and allow fruit to soak.

Strain fruit, reserving the liquid, and stir in the toasted pine nuts. Using cheesecloth and string, wrap and tie the prunes, apricots and pine nuts into a bundle.

Combine spices in a bowl.

Stuff bird, sitting in a roasting pan, with bundle and rub with spices. Arrange onions, carrots, and fresh thyme around the turkey.

Roast at 375F for about 2 hours, or until done, depending on the size of the bird.

Baste occasionally with the strained orange sauce while roasting.

When serving, remove the cheesecloth insert and arrange its contents around the turkey with the carrots and onions. Garnish with fresh thyme.


Here is a video to help you with the recipe:

The Holiday Flavors of Rioja Wine: Spanish Spiced Turkey

Posted by Honest Cooking Magazine on Thursday, November 12, 2015

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  • Rioja sounds like the perfect pairing with this turkey of yours. The orange sauce and the spices sounds wonderful! Great post Terra! Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    • That orange sauce is calling my name for sure! Thank you so much! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too! 🙂

  • kitchenriffs

    Rioja is good stuff, isn’t it? Great flavor, and reasonably priced. Winner! It’d go really well with all these wonderful Thanksgiving dishes. Speaking of which, I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving!

    • Thank you! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!! 🙂