A sizeable part of Christmas for any ape or gentleman is good food. And after food, just before gifting, it’s all about wine. So align the key events of the day with this selection of fine, fine wines.
Breakfast – Casters Liebart Cuvee Vincent Champagne
Christmas is an excellent excuse for champagne at what would usually be considered inappropriate hours. We recommend this option from Casters Liebart. At an extremely pleasing £26.50, it should make a perfect accompaniment to a smoked salmon breakfast and furious unwrapping of presents.
£26.50 from HourlierWines.co.uk
Apéritif – Domain Boudau Muscat Sec
Fresh light and delicate – this aromatic dry muscat is the perfect accompaniment to your amouse bouche and canapes this Christmas. Quite often neglected on our island, however our friends from over the channel are pretty much daily practitioners. Harvested early and made in very low yield this wine is truly one to watch out for and to be enjoyed with select friends and family. Santé!
£9.50 from HourlierWines.co.uk
Turkey – Waimea Estate Pinot Noir
Roast turkey and all the trimmings are something of a yuletide must, and while you’re piling in enough food to comfortably see you through the rest of next year, this fruity 2012 Pinot Noir should provide some much needed liquid refreshment with its dark berry fruit, plum, cherry, and spice aromas.
£14.98 from Majestic.co.uk
Christmas Pudding – Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2008 De Bortoli
A good, rich, fruity Christmas pudding deserves its equal in wine, and this Semillon should do just the trick. Offering incredibly concentrated exotic fruit and honey flavours, with a crisp acidity leaving a fresh finish, you’ll be approaching Game of Thrones levels of majesty by the time you’re done.
£22.00 from Majestic.co.uk
Cheese – Pascual Toso Finca Pedregal
A superb Port alternative. Once the bird has settled, continue the day of festive gorging, gain some man-points and carve out a wedge of the ripest blue cheese, washed down with a glass of this award-winning Malbec. With flavours of black cherry, black walnut, violet and oak, it’ll be a tasty segue into an evening of Christmas television.
£32.99 from WeAreWines.co.uk