8 Wines For Christmas
By Edouard Oger, Master Sommelier
We bring you 8 wines to solve all your festive dilemmas! Our very own Master Sommelier Edouard Oger has answered our most asked questions in the run up to the holidays, but be quick, last orders are 21st December!
If Christmas = Champagne
2007 Champagne Extra Brut Franck Pascal, Quinte Essence
Pascal wines offer the perfect balance between richness and finesse, a round structure and acidity, fruit and aroma. This Meunier Noir driven wine is an elegant, earthy and matured expression of this grapes grown in the Vallée de la Marne. A Champagne for real connoisseurs and the perfect accompaniment to white meat, cheeses, truffle and so many more.
If you’re cooking a traditional turkey roast…
2021 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine les Bruyères, Aux Bêtises
This wine has elegant, ripe fruit aromas of orchard fruits as well as some honey and floral characters accented with marzipan notes and the occasional hints of mushroom — an absolutely brilliant pairing with your roast turkey!
If seafood is on the menu...
2021 Rías Baixas Albariño Forjas del Salnes, Leirana
A fantastic example of Albariño at its very best from granitic soil. This delightful white is full of fresh aromas of citrus and orchard fruits balanced with beautiful acidity and a great minerality. If smoked salmon, scallops, langoustines, oysters are on the menu, then this is your guy!
If you're looking for an affordable present...
2019 Costa Toscana Ampeleia, Alicante
Bright, fruit-forward, pure, and complex, this show-stopping wine is what everyone wants on their Christmas table this year and the ideal companion to a duck, turkey and other light bird dish. A great wine for your Christmas lunch or perfect as a gift!
If you're looking for a special gift...
2017 Vi de Taula Els Jelipins
By far, my favourite red wine from Spain!!! The red Els Jelipins is made from 100% Sumoll grape, one of Catalunya's most delicious red grape varieties! It offers a mouth-watering intensity of black and red fruits, balanced with a rich earthy character. For those of you planning the ultimate Beef Wellington or Lamb, look no further...Shop Now
If you’re having a big party…
Well, every party needs a magnum (or two!) and the following are some of our favourites:
There is no other way to describe this wine from Gut Oggau except to say that it's one of the best around. This is one of the flagship wines - an elegantly aromatic blend of Grüner Veltliner & Weissburgunder that would pair beautifully with roast pork and dishes with a slight spicy Asian influence or many styles of terrines.
A magnificent blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Merlot varieties, the Palistorti Rosso delivers a complexity of ripe fruits, with a refreshing truffle and savoury herbal characters. Perfectly balanced, this wine is moreish, elegant and capable of pairing with almost any meat dish, but would be the perfect fit with a beautiful piece of venison.Shop Now
If you need a crowd pleaser...
2017 Rioja Garnacha Bodegas Moraza
Moraza's wines are a single varietal, enabling them to focus on the grape's true expression. This vibrant Garnacha Tinta bursts with red and dark fruit flavours and finishes with a smooth velvety texture. So if your choice on Christmas Day is a glazed roast ham, this bottle should take pride of place on your table. Extremely dangerous wine, far too easy to drink, so don’t be scared to order more than 1 bottle!Shop Now
If your guests are wine enthusiasts...
I very recently tasted this superb bottle, this Riesling is awesomely awesome!!! It's considered as being one of the best in the region. There's not much more I can say other than that it's like heaven. Pair this masterpiece with foie gras, seafood, cheese, and you'll think all your Christmases have come at once!
A fantastic demonstration of a Merlot blend from an outstanding vintage. The matured Le Puy Emilien is full of energetic black fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant fruits balanced with a beautiful earthy lifted finish, each layer revealing something new. The concentration is perfectly balanced by the fruits, earth and super well integrated oak ageing maturity – making it a very versatile wine that pairs equally as well with lamb and beef as it can with lighter red meat dish.