Christmas Eve to Christmas Lunch
If you’re anything like us, Christmas Day is about eating and drinking, from the first chocolate that comes out of the stocking, to the last tired spoon of brandy butter your fatigued mouth sneaks in during a late night trip to the fridge. Throughout the day your tongue is abused with a smorgasbord of flavours, and your stomach becomes a whirligig of consumption.
All of these competing tastes make it very hard to pick a wine to match. The answer is there isn’t one wine that’s going to work. So that’s where we come in.
Time to get the party started. For something a little different we love Testalonga’s I Wish I Was A Ninja a Pet Nat from Swartland in South Africa. Fairly low in alcohol, it’s slightly sweet and has one hell of an eye-catching label.
You don’t want to go too big too early, which is where what we call Breakfast Wine comes in. Also a Pet Nat, but this time pink, Roc Ambulle is only 9.5% ABV and it’s lovely red fruit + citrus flavours make it a great pre-midday drink and an alternative to a Bellini or Mimosa.
You’re going to want something fresh + crisp to reset your palate. If you’re having seafood we’d usually recommend a Muscadet, but this year we’re not looking further than this Chin Chin Vinho Verde. A combination of its slight spritz, fruity notes and saline finish make it a great accompaniment to shellfish + smoked salmon. It’s also incredible value for its price (and it’s another one with a memorable label)
For the Turkey
Let’s face it, Turkey can be pretty bland. But a good wine can help with that. A classic pairing would be a Chenin Blanc like this South African tangy delight by Radford Dale. Or if you want to splash out go for one of our favourite wines of the year, Chateau De Gaure’s Oppidum. A blend of Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc + Mauzac, it’s rich, buttery + decadent.
For a red we always like to drink the last of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau (pure cherry juice) or usually a Pinot Noir. But this year we’re going rogue and will be opening a bottle of Dandy de Cidro from Portugal. In contrast to our usual experience of Portuguese reds (which tend to be big, bold but smooth), this is light + vibrant, with delicious cherry, raspberry + white flower notes.
Or Forget the Turkey
And focus on the other flavours from your veg to cranberry sauce and of course the gravy. To pair with all those competing flavours we like something a bit sweeter – this off-dry Riesling by Weingut Frey is perfect, or for something slightly dryer but with a big bag of tropical fruit, Cora by Loxarel is a KASK favourite.
Or go for a Fizz. The Viu Pet Nat from Famille Dornier has been a big favourite of our customers all summer and will be a great way of celebrating with friends and family this year.