I can’t wait until Christmas! More so this year than any other in my recent memory. Not because I’m looking forward to having some time off work or getting lots of presents, but because this year I get to host the beloved Christmas Dinner. Every year my parents put on a great spread, and now finally I’ve convinced them to let me host the family get together. However, it also means that I will be providing all the drinks throughout the day – and because I’m a Wine Advisor there are high expectations. But it isn’t just me who feels like this, I get loads of calls at this time of year asking for recommendations as to what to serve on Christmas Day because people don’t want to get it wrong. The simple truth is that if you enjoy it, it’s not wrong. But if you want any ideas, here is what I’ll be serving up this year…
My favourite part of the day. I’m a huge fan of Champagne and for me the Laurent Perrier NV is the perfect balance of toasty brioche flavours and light citrus freshness. However I will actually be serving up the Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV this year. A recent favourite of mine, it is produced in the same way as Champagne, using the same grapes – but is from arguably one of New Zealand’s top producers. It oozes quality, but for almost £10 less per bottle than Laurent Perrier NV and with similar flavours it is stunning.
The Main Event
Traditional turkey with all the trimmings. Now I know it is recommended that you serve an oaky Chardonnay with turkey, but to be honest I’m just not a fan of heavily oaked whites so I’m bucking the trend and opting for a Pouilly-Fuisse this year. With only a light use of oak to add a little depth, but subtle enough as to not overwhelm the wine I’ll be kept happy and it should still match nicely with the food. As for the red, well in my opinion you can’t go wrong with a New Zealand Pinot Noir! With an abundance of red fruit and light tannins it will go down well with the turkey, and should get a smile on everyone’s face! My personal favourite is the Walnut Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008, so that is what will be adorning my table this year.
Until quite recently I wasn’t going to serve the Christmas pudding with anything special, but I had the opportunity to try the Yalumba Museum Muscat NV and soon changed my mind. With raisin, spices, caramel and nut flavours I couldn’t find a more perfect wine to partner the pud!
So that is my Christmas drinks all wrapped up. I hope that you all find the perfect tipple for your table, and have a lovely Christmas!
Personal Wine Advisor
Sophie.Lord@virginwines.co.uk | 01603 886435 (My direct line)