Wine: the perfect pairings for Christmas day
Whether you are having turkey or tofu, feeding three families or keeping it small, there is a wine to suit every occasion.
Never know which wines are best to crack out at Christmas time? Or just looking for a change from your usual festive tipple? We consulted Matthieu Aravantinos the sommelier at The Grape Variety in Chipstead to find out the perfect pairings.
One of our favourite glasses of bubbles at The Grape Variety isn’t actually a Champagne at all, but a beautiful sparkling wine from the Loire Valley, “La Bretesche” by Jérémie Huchet (£17.99). It is elegant and extra dry with a price tag to please the pocket as much as the tastebuds. Who could want more?
But if you want to splash out on a traditional Champagne – it is Christmas after all – Champagne Séléction Brut NV, Gruet (£28.99) is a very attractive option. It’s made by the Gruet family, who have been making wine for about 200 years in the south of the region, the Côte des Bars, which sits on the borders between Champagne and Burgundy. A classic blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this Champagne is full of fruits, yummy and round, perfect on its own or with salmon canapés!
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If you are having turkey and want to be a bit more adventurous, why not go for a light and delicious Californian Gnarly Head Pinot Noir (£17.99). This supple wine, sleek tannins and lush fruit make this wine a perfect pair for your turkey or nut roast.
If you wanted something more traditional then look no further than the elegant and complex Domaine Thibert Les Scélés Pouilly-Fuissé (£27.99). It needs to be opened a while before serving to open to its full potential. Grown on 60 year old vines, the Chardonnay is aged in old oak to give it a complex and elegant finish.
If you have decided to go for a nice rib of beef, or a mushroom Wellington, go for the a rich, plummy and vegan red from Ribera Del Duero. This Covento San Francisco (£22.99) is 100% Tempranillo, resulting in a dark and powerful accompaniment to your dinner.
Some say that you don’t need anything to drink with the classic Christmas pudding, especially if you’ve bathed it in brandy, but if you’re pairing other courses of the Christmas meal you might fancy a small glass of something sweet.
Try the 1999 Feuerheerd Port (£34.99), a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Roriz. It’s aged for seven years in oak before being placed in bottles for over 20 years, ready to be drunk at your dinner table this Christmas!
Another good option is the Sauternes Grand Cru (£24.99) a sweet wine that’s perfect for those nights in front of the fire with a delicious cheese board. Sweet wines go particularly well with blue cheese. Alternatively a light-in-tannins, easy-drinking red like our Serbal Malbec (£12.99) would accompany most cheeses, and it’s also great to drink by itself.
The Grape Variety, 12 Chipstead Station Parade, Chipstead, CR5 3TE.