It maybe a different Christmas Day this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge and drink some very good wine. But what to drink? Let us guide you through the day.
- Sparkling Wine & Champagne> – It might just be the year to pop something bubbly and while sparkling wine is a wonderful aperitif, its light flavours and ample acidity will work well with many dishes. Its bubbles can contrast beautifully with the texture of puff pastry or deep fried foods, its sharpness is the perfect foil for the likes of smoked salmon and buttered brown bread and its toasty aromas are excellent with grains, nuts and corn. Given its all around flexibility and lower alcohol content, it could be the perfect partner to take you right through the day!
- Chardonnay> – If you are serving succulent roast turkey this Christmas then a medium to full bodied white makes an excellent pairing. A rich white from Burgundy compliments the simplicity of the roasted bird but its characteristic traits of acidity and minerality will stand up to the myriad of flavours from the likes of brussels sprouts, parsnips and cranberry sauce. The Mâconnais and Rully are a great source of relative value options, especially if you like a ripe fruit chardonnay and Godello from Spain is a good option for anyone looking for an alternative.
- Grüner Veltliner> – A highly versatile grape variety from Austria that is perfect for a Christmas Nut Roast. The floral and tree fruit flavours of Grüner makes it highly adaptable to vegetarian dishes but will also work well with your turkey, if you are doing both this Christmas. It is also good to have if you are serving curried food post Christmas. Its trade mark acidity cleanses the palate & offers refreshing, clean fruit flavours.
- Pinot Noir> – Some would say the most food friendly wine of all, often soft on tannin, long on acidity and full of lush fruit and spice, Pinot Noir is a perfect table mate with poultry, duck, lamb, goose and even delicate fish such as salmon and tuna. If this year calls for a fine Burgundy, look to key producers (see our full list below) such as Armand Rousseau or Domaine Duroche that consistently produce high quality wine year after year. A great alternative to Burgundy Pinot Noir is its southern friend Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape, particularly one of the single crus – Morgon or Côte de Brouilly. But if its a crowd-pleasing, juicy wine that you are looking for a crowd then look no further than Beaujolais or Beaujolais Villages.
- Port> – Port is not just for Christmas, we stock it all year round! And when it comes to Christmas Pudding and mince pies- a tawny port is a delicious option. If its chocolate, coffee or caramel desserts you are serving then a fortified wine is the answer. Especially those ports aged in wood (sherries, LBVs & tawny ports) these wines echo the bitter-sweet nature of the dessert and the dark-fruit character of the wines adds an interesting complexity. If you are partial to some blue veined cheese or other richly flavoured cheese then Vintage Port makes an excellent accompaniment.