04 Dec Christmas wine pairings with your favourite festive food
It is one of the great dilemmas of the festive season: which wine goes best with which Christmas dish?
You don’t need to break the bank to buy delicious wines that will elevate your family feasts over the Christmas period. Carefully matching grape varieties to the right foods can enhance all those festive flavours, and avoid upsetting your taste buds. Follow these simple guidelines and you can’t go wrong!
Here are my personal recommendations for delicious Christmas food and wine pairings.
There is no better way to start Christmas day than the sensation of those tiny bubbles dancing on your tongue!
Pair Prosecco or Cava with smoked salmon and eggs or try Champagne with bacon and sausages. The crisp acidity of the fizz balances perfectly with the saltiness and richness of the food. What a great way to start the Christmas Day!
The Main Event
It can be difficult to choose between red or white wine, so the safest option is to have a few bottles of each on offer so that people can choose. Here are some wine pairing suggestions to compliment your Christmas meal:
Roast Turkey with all of the Trimmings
Try Cotes du Rhone reds such as Chateauneuf du Pape. There are many other options, but it’s hard to beat this one. For white wine lovers, a full-bodied Chardonnay is a great choice. Turkey can be quite bland so you need a wine that will lift the flavours of the meat and pair well with all of the other trimmings.
Go for a dry Riesling or Chianti Classico. Goose is quite a rich and fatty meat, so a white wine with lively acidity like a dry Riesling would be perfect. A medium red wine with good acidity such as Chianti will cut through the fattiness of the goose meat, cleansing your palate and enhancing its rich flavours.
The rich and juicy flavours of a roasted beef joint taste even better accompanied by a big red filled with the flavours of opulent black fruits and spice, such as Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon or a New World Malbec. Always a winning combination.
This Boxing Day must-have is best paired with off-dry Riesling or a bright fruity red such as Beaujolais. The wines’ acidity will cut through the sweet, aromatic flavours of a honey glaze to cleanse your palate, whilst the ham’s spices are enhanced by the fruitiness of the wine.
Always try to match wine to the style of each cheese, rather than the whole board, as the flavours and textures vary so much. For details take a look at my article: Perfect Cheeseboard for Christmas. HERE
This Christmas staple teams beautifully with Tawny Port (the older the better). Its nutty, dried fruit character and a good level of sweetness taste wonderful paired with Christmas pudding. Serve it as they do in Portugal, lightly chilled.
Mince Pies and Christmas Cake
A glass of sweet Madeira or sweet Oroloso Sherry make the perfect accompaniment to these cheerful, seasonal treats. It’s a gorgeous way to end a meal at this time of year.
A very Merry Christmas to you all from all of us at Brick House Vineyard!