Can you believe it’s Christmas this week? It’s definitely crept up on us… and there’s a lot of planning to be done, especially when it comes to Christmas dinner wine! 

Christmas dinner is undoubtedly one of the best parts of Christmas. Sitting around the dining table with all of your favourite people (an occasion we were robbed of last year!), Christmas jumpers on, fire crackling, filling your stomach with a warming, delicious feast. It’s an unbeatable feeling. But what about knowing which wine pairs well with your Christmas feast? 

Of course, the ‘correct’ wine that pairs well with your meal is whatever tastes good to you and your family. There are no rules! If you are hosting or just need some guidance on what wines to enjoy with your Christmas dinner, read on for our in-house wine expert’s best tips!

CHRISTMAS DINNER WINE TO BEGIN:

Kick off the celebrations with a bottle of your favourite fizz. Clink glasses with champagne, cava, prosecco, sparkling… anything to get you into the festive mood.

English sparkling wine has risen in popularity over the last couple of years, often being compared to (and sometimes even better) than champagne. It makes sense – did you know the soil and climate in Southern England is almost identical to their champagne neighbours across the Channel? Some English sparklings even use the same grape varieties as Champagne (usually Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier).

Nutbourne’s Nutty Vintage Brut would be our fizz of choice. Made with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, this classic method sparkling wine is aged for 36 months in an underground cave, resulting in a natural richness and floral bouquet. The best part? It goes with many different starters – a cheese or charcuterie board, smoked salmon, pigs in blankets, whatever takes your fancy!

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CHRISTMAS DINNER WINE MAIN:

Let’s talk turkey – it wouldn’t be a British Christmas dinner without it! After loading up on turkey with all the trimmings, you need a wine that is light enough to compliment your heavy main, but sharp enough to help to bring out all the yummy flavours on your plate. While not a classic wine to pair with turkey, we’d go for a deliciously different Chianti. 

Made with 100% Sangiovese, this red has very complex and intense aromas, and its subtle spicy notes helps to bring out the savoury flavours in your main. 

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CHRISTMAS WINE FOR PUDDING:

Lots of families have different dessert traditions, but if you’re anything like us, we can bet they involve strawberries and cream (hello, trifle, pavlova and sponge!) If this is the case, we’d recommend pairing with a refreshing and vibrant rosé, such as  Amie. Meaning ‘female friend’ in french, Amie is a beautifully balanced rosé produced in the south of France. With red berry flavours, this wine is perfectly paired with strawberry-based desserts, served chilled.

If you’re opting for a chocolate-based pudding (such as a Yule cake for example) we’d go with a cabernet sauvignon such as Chateau Canevelle Gordon’s Own Bordeaux Superieur. Its velvety, dark fruit notes meshes nicely with rich, chocolate flavours. 

From all of the team at From Our Cellar, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas spent with your family. If you’d like our wine experts to recommend wines for any other event, please do get in touch. We’d love to help!

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