6 of the best wines for Christmas
Deciding what to drink on Christmas Day is always a dilemma.
What to open first?! What will pair with the main event? Are we having a cheeseboard? (To which the answer should exclusively be yes, by the way).
So we thought it would be a good idea to take away the stress and put together a case of perfect wine for Christmas. This case will see you right through the day, from the breakfast Bucks fizz to the final cheeseboard by the fireplace.
Here we've outlined each of the wines with a little bit about why we've chosen them and how they pair so well.
It's only right that we begin the day with some bubbles. We love Cava and the Francesc Ricart in particular. We serve it by the glass in all of our bars and it's my go-to if we're having a few friends over.
If you're adding some orange juice whilst opening your presents or if cooking up a fancy breakfast with some poached eggs and avocado (maybe a drizzle of truffle honey too - it is Christmas after all!), then this will pair beautifully. It'll really get the day up and running.
So we've had brekkie, opened presents and maybe people have started to arrive. Smoked salmon blinis are my favourite Christmas canape (only because pigs in blankets don't really count - although I've definitely had them pre dinner before!). We think this German Riesling fits the bill perfectly. It's full of lively citrus and zippy acidity with enough ripe stone fruit and honeydew melon to stand up to the rich flavours from the fish. It'll help get your relatives over the ghost of blue nuns past too.
Now we're into the main event and we have a couple of options here.
First up, this fantastic Argentinian Chardonnay from Mendoza. It's perfect if you're having turkey. Rich and creamy with ripe peach and tropical fruits and layers of buttery texture mean that this is big enough to stand up to a rich gravy, stuffing or sweet parsnips you've got on the plate. This wine has enough to hold its own in this complex mix of flavours. A true winner.
Pinot Noir is perfect with duck or goose, so if you're going down the three bird roast theme then here is an absolute cracker. What's great about this is the versatility - it's a lighter bodied red, but it has fantastic concentration of red berry fruit, silky smooth tannins and sweet spices. Ideal if you're putting some redcurrant jelly or cranberry sauce in the mix!
Here's a choice for anyone after a bigger red with the main event. It's also a great red to take on to your cheeseboard too. A blend of grapes from northern Italy, this is full of dense cherries and plum compote with sweet, silky tannins. It's one our best selling red wines all year round and once you try it I think you'll understand why. A great match if you're going non traditional and having beef for the main event with dinner too!
We couldn't have a Christmas day case without a port - and this is an absolute belter.
Dirk Niepoort and his family have been making port and wine since 1842, so it's safe to say they know a thing or two about how it's done. They're one of the few port houses left who use real traditional techniques such as crushing all grapes by foot and their attention to detail is second to none.
This LBV is made to the same exacting standards as their full vintage port and is full of ripe, juicy fruits, herbaceous spice and soft tannins. This is perfect for any full flavoured cheeses you have. Think stilton, extra mature cheddar, gruyere - THE perfect way to end the evening before you fall asleep in the armchair.
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