With only 3 weeks to go, Christmas is fast approaching. If you’re similar to me you’ll only just be thinking about ordering your turkey, buying your Christmas presents and doing the dreaded food shop! Wouldn’t it be great if someone could do it all for you? Well here’s where we come in. Although we won’t be able to order your turkey or do your food shopping for you, the alcohol bit we’ve got covered!
With so much choice out there it’s difficult to know whether you’ve bought the right fizz to drink at breakfast or the right white wine to go with your turkey. Well, panic no more because we’ve selected them all for you. Each bottle we’ve chosen is guaranteed to match perfectly with your Christmas food favourites. So here goes….
1st meal of the day and the most important.. breakfast! Whether you have smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, bacon sandwiches or a full English breakfast, it has to be fizz! Our recommended favourite is Nicolo et Paradis NV Blanc de Blanc. It’s fresh, vibrant and has a long finish.
With this, you can’t go wrong, everyone loves a few bubbles in the morning!
Once breakfast is done, it’s time to get the turkey in the oven and put the Christmas jumpers and music on. The countdown to Christmas dinner starts here!
Matching wines with your Christmas dinner isn’t easy. Not everyone around the table likes the traditional turkey and a lot of the time there’s more than one choice of meat. With so many flavours to contend with, how do you know that you’ve got the balance right? To help you out here’s what we’d serve up with each meat.
With turkey, it has to be our Fess Parker Ashley’s Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. It’s rich and luscious showing flavours of citrus, pear and apple fruits, with hints of toasty oak.
If you prefer your red to white then I’d go for the Elk Cove Pinot Noir.
It’s an elegant, silky red with flavours of blackberry and cherry compote, making it an ideal accompaniment for roast turkey.
With beef it’s got to be red wine and lots of it! Our choices would be either the Grandes Serres Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 , a very modern styled Rhone red with tonnes of spiciness and complexity.
Or the Maverick Twins Barossa GSM 2013, a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. This wine is vibrant with fruit characters reminiscent of dark chocolate and sweet raspberries. Yum yum!
Again with lamb, it’s got to be red. This time, I’d go for the Ochoa Reserva, made from the finest Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet varietals. It’s an elegant classic which is round and complex.
The Carramimbre Crianza 2011 is another cracker with lamb. It’s intense spicy, rich flavour, with cinnamon, mint and vanilla notes perfectly complement roast lamb.
If goose is your Christmas Day choice then we’d recommend you serve it with the Werner GG Riesling. It’s acidity and freshness cuts through the rich gamey flavour of roast goose.
Again, if you love red more than white it’s got to be the La Barbotaine Sancerre Rouge. It has big red currant and white pepper aromas with cardamom, truffle and red plum flavours. Truly fantastic!
Once Christmas dinner is done it’s straight on to the pud. Whether it’s Christmas pudding or mince pies, we’ve chosen you a wine that will go with each.
With Christmas pudding, we’d recommend something sweet. The Woodstock Muscat has intense flavours of dried fruits and toffee, making it the perfect partner for the rich and indulgent Christmas pud.
No question about it Port has got to be drunk with mince pies. Try our Cálem Tawny 20 yr Port that combines rich, dried fruits with flavours of butterscotch and roasted nuts. Perfection!