You can always rely on dads to be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to certain things. Mine enjoys telling me about his recent new finds whether it’s a type of food, gin or wine. Yes, just like me he’s a major foodie and he’s recently discovered an online retailer called Rude Wines. The name did make me giggle as it was appropriate for my dad who has been in the past referred to as Victor Meldrew – those over 37 will know who that is.
As Christmas is coming up I thought we should get our heads together with a glass of wine or two and prepare a post for all my readers to help you prepare your wine collection for the festive season. It helps to be organised.
We have looked at the main meats served at Christmas with the aim to find the right wine to pair with it to make your meal that bit more special. The right wine can help bring out the flavour of the food and make it so much more enjoyable.
We all put a lot of effort into making Christmas Dinner and it’s only right we pair it with appropriate beverage options. The right wine can make a good meal taste so much better and help create a wonderful memorable meal.
Turkey is the classic choice for Christmas Dinner nowadays, but you may have noticed Turkey doesn’t always have a lot of flavour! Luckily, the accompanying side dishes can help. Think brussels sprouts with bacon, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce, yum!
Such a mix of flavours works best if you choose a lightly oaked dry white wine with a bit of body. The Australian Semillon blend, Barton Jones Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2016 Geographe, Australia from Rude Wines works well. It’s versatile with a good amount of citrus fruit.
When it comes to choosing the best red wine for turkey, you can’t beat the classic Pinot Noir grape. Albert Bichot Savigny-les Beaune 1er Cru Aux Gravains’ 2012, France is a great quality vegan wine. This has gorgeous aromas of Morello cherries and blackcurrants, yet is easy to drink without high acidity and features lovely light vanilla overtones.
Goose and Duck
Goose has far more flavour and is juicer than turkey. It needs a wine with good acidity to cut through the fattier meat. A good Chablis will work well here. I’m hoping to get a Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 as it works exceptionally well with either goose or duck.
Italian reds tend to have high acidity so are also a great option should you prefer a red wine. A Barolo with its full bodied flavour is ideal. Fratelli Ponte Barolo 2012 is just what is needed. It’s aged for two years in oak barrels to produce a richly fruited wine, with benchmark Barolo aromas of roses and sweet tobacco.
Beaujolais or New Zealand Pinot Noir are great red wines to serve with duck due to their acidity. When I looked through the website I noticed Rude Wines sell a great Fleurie priced at only £12.69 and perfect for those that like medium bodied fruity reds.
Full-bodied reds with plenty of tannins are a perfect match for high protein meats like beef. The tannins help to break down the protein in the meat and the protein in the meat makes any tannin taste silky-smooth. Argentinian Malbec has recently become a favourite of my husbands since one of his friends introduced him to it. We discovered it is perfect with beef as it has plenty of fruit that can stand up well to any flavours in the sauce or jus served with your beef. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve 2014, Uco Valley, Mendoza (£32.50) will set any beef dish off nicely. Alternatively a classic Claret Château Citran 2005, Haut-Médoc (£24.95) is superb quality at an affordable price. Spoil yourself with this Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend which is full of blackcurrant flavours, smooth and rounded with a toasty spiciness.
Unlike red meats, pork requires a red that isn’t too tannic. As it’s Christmas, Burgundy is the go-to region for decadent wines. Silky smooth with a slight savoury kick. If pork is on our menu this year it’s pretty likely to be paired with Albert Bichot Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau 2015 (which is on offer at £26.90!). It’s a nice light bodied wine that will let you enjoy the full flavour of the pork.
If you are glazing the pork with a sweet glaze such as Cola, aromatic whites with a touch of sweetness are a tried and tested match. I first tied Riesling at The Ideal Home exhibition a few years back when my dad and I visited and loved it. It was so good we ordered a case. Riesling has a great balance of sweetness and acidity and Allram Riesling Gaisberg is a great example with it’s powerful, juicy palate.
So now you have a lovely selection of wines to pair with different meats at your Christmas table to help you enjoy it to the fullest. Which wine do you think you would like the most from the selection mentioned?
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