A lot of us put ourselves under pressure to produce perfect food over the Christmas period so here are some tips and recommendations to take the stress out of the wine side of things.
Some people prefer a straightforward fruity Prosecco Frizzante whilst others much prefer a complex Champagne. There is a middle ground to suit tighter budgets too – Cava from Spain. Made in the same way as Champagne, Cava in general shows a little less secondary flavours and more fruit than Champagne. It also has enough weight to multi-task as not only an apertif but also as a nice pairing to seafood and white meats.
If you want something more complex to rival Champagne but at a fraction of the price try our Cava Brut Reserva Especial also from Dominio de la Vega.
Unless you’re like me and you like to match each course with something different why not choose a multi-purpose wine that will suit different courses and occasions.
These 4 whites here will go with seafood, turkey, game and are also lovely on their own.
Equally if you choose the right red it can match turkey, game, lamb and beef at a push. All of the 4 choices below also have round, smooth tannins so can be enjoyed on their own.
Nailed on Classic Matches
Some things are just meant to be, so here are some matches that work an absolute treat – trust us, they’ve been tried and tested!
- Smoked Salmon or Tuna = Valenciso Blanco
- Crab meat or claws with Asiatic flavours (chilli, ginger, coriander) = Riesling Kabinett
- Traditional Turkey and Ham = Quinta Apolonia or Tinhof Noir (if you prefer red).
- Roast Duck = Nebbiolo d’Alba or Barbaresco
- Goose = Chateau Haut-Moulin
- Leg or Rack of Lamb = Polisia Rosso Piceno Superiore
- Rib of Beef = Chateau Crouseilles
- Christmas Pudding = Conceito 10 yr old Tawny
- Chocolate based desserts = Teluccio
Here are a few whites and reds to have in your back pocket to sip away at or to take out when some friends come around.
- Domaine de Moulines Cabernet Sauvignon
- Tarambola Red
- Flor do Coa Douro Reserva
- Chateau l’Ermitage Costieres de Nimes
Blow Out Wines
If budget were unlimited these are the 3 wines (1 white, 1 red and 1 sweet wine) that I would pick to give yourself something extraordinary!
- Belondrade y Lurton Rueda – One of Spain’s best whites – huge complexity and power.
- Domenico Clerico Barolo – Barolo can often need a fair bit of time to come around. But this is made by Domenico Clerico the masters of making early approachable Barolo – a powerful wine from 2015, a ripe and fruit forward vintage.
- 12 Year Old Vinsanto – An incredible sweet wine with an array of complex flavours with salted caramel to the fore.
- Cava Brut Idilicum
- Schumann Nagler Riesling Kabinett
- Quinta Apolonia Verdejo
- Ch Haut Moulin Blaye Cote de Bordeaux
- Flor de Coa Douro Reserva
- Tinhof Blaufrankisch