Christmas is back in 2021! The last two years have been a little downbeat, Christmas is the time to put that aside and to celebrate. In our house we're going full on banquet, all the trimming, and all our favourite wines.
We're taking the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.
These are the six wines we'll be drinking on Christmas Day. It's unabashedly traditional, but I think that's what Christmas is all about!
I always start with a bright, crisp fizz as an aperitif. You could go with Champagne, but the wine merchants secret is Cremant, a French sparkling wine made in the same way as Champagne and every bit as good.
Our starter is classic prawn cocktail. Its perfect partner is a clean white white with enough acidity to cut through the fattiness of the prawns - which shouts Sauvignon Blanc. Sancerre is the original and best.
The main event is more challenging, with all it's varied flavours - turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread sauce - how do match such bold foodstuffs? To get it right you need wines that can withstand so many competing flavours. French Chardonnay matured in oak has the structure and complexity to carry the show. Chablis is perfect.
For red wine lovers, go for a bold Claret from Bordeaux. If there's any left after the main course, it will pair perfectly with hard, mature cheeses on the cheese board.
Finally, a half bottle of Sauternes will finish off the meal nicely. It needs to be sweeter than the pudding but with enough acidity to cut through.
This selection will be the envy of your table at Christmas lunch. It includes one bottle each of the following wines: