Best Christmas Wine Pairings 2021
With just over a week to go to Christmas, I have selected some of my favourite wine pairings for Christmas day, from Christmas morning fizz to the best red, white, and rosé wines to serve with your turkey and Christmas dessert.
Christmas morning fizz
We all deserve to wake up to fizz on Christmas morning and I've chosen Drinks Aisle's favourite Valdora Prosecco. This fantastic all-rounder is light and fresh, perfect for morning drinking, and has plenty of fruit on the palate, featuring white peach, apricot, and crisp pear.
This Prosecco is fabulous on its own or with orange juice in a traditional breakfast Buck's Fizz. Alternatively, try it in our Christmas Morning Mimosa Recipe to really kick start the festivities.
We love Valdora, and I've chosen Valdora Rosé Prosecco as my recommendation for a cheeky pre-dinner aperitif. This light, fresh, and fruity Prosecco is beautifully dry and palate cleansing, perfect for serving with pre-dinner canapés.
Wine to serve with turkey
Petit Mazet Viognier is a great white wine match for turkey and poultry. The nose is complex and delicate with notes of quince, honey, butter, and fresh white fruit. The unctuous mouth is dominated by white flesh fruit.
Le Pigeonnier du Chapitre Fleurie is a more traditional choice when matching to turkey for the red wine drinkers.
Beaujolais has often been considered a great match to turkey and Fleurie is, I feel, an overlooked and often forgotten member of the Beaujolais family. It is elegant and refined but light enough that it doesn’t overwhelm.
I didn’t want to leave out the rosé drinkers, so I picked Mediterranee Rosé de Provence because it is a delicious all-rounder. It is a pale Provence style rosé, yet it does have enough fruit flavour that it will go down well with everyone. It is dry but not crisp like other Provence rosé.
Dessert and beyond!
There are lots of great dessert wines and ports to match with Christmas pudding and cheeseboards, however the richness isn't to everyone's taste. Therefore, I'm going to suggest rounding off your Christmas day feast with more fizz!
In my opinion, now is the time to open the Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne. The fresh crisp palate cuts through the richness of dessert and is the perfect celebration drink to take you into the evening.
Cheers and Merry Christmas Everyone!
By Rick Stansfield
Rick is a highly experienced bar tender and National E-Commerce Manager for the Deckers Hospitality Group. With 18 years experience serving behind bars in restaurants, hotels, and function spaces, plus extensive experience with mixology, Rick provides the cocktail and serving suggestion expertise here at Drinks Aisle.
Rick is known for his appreciation of working with the best quality ingredients to create the perfect balance in terms of flavours and alcohol in every cocktail he makes.