Christmas Wines: Winter Warmers & Foodie Favourites to Enjoy Over the Festive Period

The clock’s ticking until the big day, so here are a few ideas of wines to enjoy on Christmas day and throughout the festive season…

4 BRILLIANT TURKEY-FRIENDLY WINES

Domaine Jean Goulley, Chablis 1er Cru Montmains, 2011
Jean Goulley is a meticulous, organic Chablis producer. This elegant, mineral-driven wine comes from the vineyards in the revered Montmains 1er Cru.

Lismore Estate Vineyards, Chardonnay, 2011
A Californian mother of two, moved to South Africa to follow her ambition, producing 90+ point wines that are as striking as they are delicate. All Chardonnays should taste this good!

Domaine Joblot, Givry 1er Cru ‘Clos de La Servoisine’ 2012/13
Joblot is world famous, bringing fame and recognition to the Givry appellation with their refined, fleshy, spicy and structured cuvées.

Saint Clair Family Estate Bull Block 5 Pinot Noir, 2012
An expressive and complex single vineyard wine from this award-winning winery and a great red alternative to enjoy with turkey or roast goose.

FOODIE FAVES TO PAIR WITH OYSTERS, SMOKED SALMON & CHEESE

Larry Cherubino, The Yard Riversdale Riesling, 2013
A great wine to enjoy with oysters.

Saint Clair, Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
A sophisticated match with seafood and smoked salmon.

Gérard Bertrand,Cross Rivesaltes, 2002
A perfect sweety for Stilton.

Barros, 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV
A crowd pleaser – perfect balance of richness, ripe soft fruit, and freshness all tied up with age. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without it.

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

Ca’Rugate, Amarone, 2011/12
Family-owned, star of Veneto, 3 Bicchieri collector, innovator and still amazing value, this Amarone is fresh, elegant and remarkably drinkable.

Château Lestrille Capmartin, Capmartin Bordeaux Superieur, 2009
From an award-winning family Château, where the young and charismatic winemaker Estelle Roumage focuses on vineyard work to produce quality juice with ripeness and balance.

Michele Chiarlo, ‘Il Principe’ Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2013
A traditional yet affordable Nebbiolo for winter drinking.

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva, 2012
The ultimate gift or winter warmer for fireside sipping.

Domaine de la Solitude, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2012
Perfectionist Florent Lancon makes a modern, elegant and complex Châteauneuf. The future of the appellation.

Bodegas Martínez La Orden, Rioja Graciano, 2010
One to warm the cockles as the days draw in.