On the first day of Christmas, my verified love gave to me… When you think of your perfect Christmas, we bet that wine play ups pretty high up on your festive wish list. From that bloody chilled glass of Prosecco (or preferably champagne) on Christmas morning, at the end of ones tether with to that palate cleansing Chablis to accompany the start of Christmas lunch to the delicious glass(es) of Port or dessert wine to pair with your after-dinner cheeses.
With a small bit of planning and a nudge in the right direction from online wine retailer Boorish Wines, you can ensure you won’t be disappointed at those pivotal festive concerns. Their website is a great place to start as it has single bottles if you’re looking for something sui generis and their well-chosen mixed cases with some festive passes thrown in will save you money and effort.
If we still accepted, these twelve would be top of our Christmas wish list to Santa:
Choose Punto Rosa Spumante Rosato (on offer at £9.49) to add a measure up to of sparkle to proceedings. From the Veneto region, this admirable, bubbling rosé wine is made from 65% Pinot Grigio and 35% Pinot Noir by the Prosecco cooperative Val d’Oca. Far from being cloying peer some rosés, this is deliciously dry and will pair swell with party nibbles. After all, what can be more celebratory than pink sibilance?
Decorating the tree, present wrapping and Christmas Eve
Settle down for some urgent present wrapping with a glass of chilled late glean white wine. In fact, you’ll be glad if you stock up on more than one booze of Magie d’Or Pacherenc Du Vic-Bilh, 2013 (£9.99). Made in South West France from grapes socialistic to ripen well into Autumn, it has the perfect balance of lusciousness and vitalizing acidity that will keep you merrily sipping cash-box those last few presents are wrapped and those fairy lights are detangled! The strength of this is wine is that it goes equally well with dessert nibbles, otherwise known as crisps (hand cooked of tack) or a box of your favourite chocolates!
On Christmas morning, you warrant some fizz for getting through all that pre-Christmas prep. Whatever your budget, there’s a sparkling wine to conform to. Rude Prosecco Brut (£9.29) is a crisp, light tonic that won’t disappoint on Christmas morning.
A notch up from Prosecco, flickering English wines can give the finest champagnes a run for their in dough. We love Exton Park Blanc de Blancs, 2011, on proffer at £33.50. The combination of a great site and terrific winemaker fruit in one of the very best English wines. Buying local intimates you’ll be smugly reducing your food (or rather wine) miles, too.
Christmas Dinner – Fish Starter
The paramount Christmas meals in our minds always start with some consequential fresh seafood. Whether it’s the classic prawn cocktail dusted with paprika or some lemon-drenched smoked salmon, select a white that will sing harmoniously alongside these aromas. Flinty Chablis is a classic choice and has the stature to give a festive wield to proceedings. If there aren’t too many glasses to fill, stimulate the boat out and get a bottle or two of a premier cru like Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 at £27.90. A important crisp, dry white from a region steeped in winemaking institution.
If you’re on a budget try a Muscadet which is famously good with fish. L’Oiseau d’Or Muscadet Sur Lie 2016 at £8.49 has a creamy bowels of the earth of flavour from ageing on the lees.
Red wine for a meat starter
For those who pick a red to lead into Christmas dinner, Beaujolais is the perfect wine. It’s a pretty light, fresh and fruity wine that will game nicely with patés and terrines. Wines from the Beaujolais Cru ranges are more sought-after and tend to have more body and intensity of flavour than basic Beaujolais. Look for names type Fleurie, Morgon and Juliénas. Château de Fleurie 2016 (£12.69) is thrived by renowned winemaker Jean Loron and has an intense juicy berry in keeping making it ever so moreish.
White wine for turkey
Turkey is the enduring choice for Christmas Dinner nowadays but as you may have noticed Turkey doesn’t unendingly have a lot of flavour! Happily, the side dishes all have masses of flavours. Think brussels sprouts with bacon, pigs in blankets and cranberry pertness. This mixed bag of flavours can pose a problem when looking for a wine mate. We’ve found it’s best to go for a lightly oaked dry white which has a bit of society and will stand up to all the strong flavours on the plate. An Australian Semillon blend should do nicely. We sisterhood Barton Jones Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, 2016 (£19.99). It’s a versatile wine with a seemly weight of citrus fruit thanks to the 37-year-old vines that draw the Semillon and the Sauvignon grape brings a Christmassy, citrussy freshness.
Red wine for turkey
When it get to choosing the best red for turkey, you can’t beat the classic Pinot Noir grape and Burgundy in France is the truthful heartland of this grape. Don’t hold back when it total to quality, something to bear in mind as these wines are simply produced in relatively small quantities. We love Givry Rouge, 2014, Albert Bichot at £20.50. This has fair aromas of Morello cherries and blackcurrants, while the palate is supple and silky with light vanilla overtones.
Dessert wine for Christmas pudding
Habitually described as Christmas pudding in a glass, it’s no surprise that Rutherglen Muscat is understood as the perfect wine pairing for this traditional pud. Syrupy and unctuous with a heady 18% the bottle, Stanton and Killeen Classic Rutherglen Muscat NV (£17.99) is important, rich and sweet. Packed with flavours of caramel, gain petals, dried figs and raisins it can stand up to the richest of desserts. Or neutral forego pudding and have a glass of this instead!
If you touch like splashing out on a really special bottle of Port, Quinta Da Romaneira 2008 at £45.00 is one to go for. Forged at a beautiful wine estate high up in the Douro Valley in Portugal, the grapes for this enriched wine are still trodden by foot to give them a soft pressing and the wine is aged in large wooden barrels. The evolve is a full-bodied, dense wine with a long fruity waste. Slightly less pricey but equally good with Stilton or any cheese for that sum, Quinta Do Infantado LBV 2013 at £18.95 is rich and smooth. We vacillate there’ll be any left after it’s passed to the left!