Whether you are serving turkey or game – or something different, it’s always reassuring to know the wine will enhance the occasion. So here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best wines to serve this Christmas. If you are having something more unusual, pair the perfect wine by looking up our food and wine pairing guide.
Find the perfect wine for each course
Pre dinner/lunch is the perfect time to pop some fizz – read more on how to find your way to the perfect festive fizz.
Starters are normally lighter flavoured, so you can either stay on the fizz, or switch to a white. Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon blanc will get you off to a good start. It’s a gorgeous multi award winner from superstar winemakers Invivo (sponsors of the Graham Norton Show). Fresh, refined and full of fruit flavours.
Our Price £12.25 RRP £13.95)
For the turkey course – turkey is quite a strong flavoured white meat so you have a few options; pair with a fuller flavoured white wine such as Chardonnay (if white is your preference), a rose’ – generally really versatile for food matching, or if you prefer red – a light to medium bodied red such as Pinot Noir or Merlot.
Wine Palate picks for matching with turkey
Montes Classic Series Chardonnay from Chile, a great quality wine for the price, and goes particularly well with poultry. Fruity,with hints of vanilla from oak ageing. Our Price: £9.15 (RRP £10.55)
Ca Dei Frata Rose’ De Frati is a refreshing top quality dry rose’ from the best producers in Lugana in Northern Italy. Our Price £14.95 (RRP £17.45)
And for the red, Graceland Merlot is a stunning quality boutique red wine from South Africa – and a perfect match for Turkey and Cranberry Sauce. Better still it’s on offer right now, you save £6.90 per bottle. Our Price: £14.95 (RRP £21.85)
Desserts – A dessert wine always goes down well at Christmas – not just because it’s great with Pavlova, Trifle and Christmas pudding, but also fab with your cheese board. Try Los Pecadilos Glotionia – perfect for Christmas fayre. A Gold Decanter award winner, it’s rich and sensuous with melt in the mouth flavours.
Our Price £8.95 (RRP £10.25)
Different people drink different amounts – and you know your guests better than anyone – but here’s some thoughts to help you along. A bottle of wine will serve just over 4 x 175ml servings (a small glass), although you will probably serve larger measures. If you are planning a different wine with each course (with some having a second glass and others a “little top up”), for 5 adults you will need around 2 bottles for each course.
The best wines to serve this Christmas are those that pair well with stronger flavoured foods. For inspiration to try something new or for help to find the perfect match for the food you are serving, use our Wine Finder food matching tool online at www.winepalate.co.uk. Simply select the category of wine you prefer by grape type (Chardonnay for example), country or by price. Use the Wine Finder to the left of the page to select your preferred food and you will see our personally recommended wines to match.
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