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What’s the best wine to have with your Christmas turkey?

November 06th 2019

Tis the season to be barging through crowds in shops, mad last-minute dashes and getting everything stuck to tape as you frantically wrap presents. While we can help with the latter issues, we can help make sure your wine at the Christmas dinner is sorted, and we have built a guide to wines that will perfectly pair up with your Roast turkey.

In the spotlight first is CHARDONNAY

The country of origin doesn’t matter too much with this one as this classic white variety will offer up a great flavour with your turkey. Old World varieties (Europe) will offer more citrus notes, whereas New world varieties (Rest of the world) will typically provide more stone fruit flavours.

Next up…PINOT NOIR

For red wine lovers, don’t look any further than Pinot Noir, this is a great all-rounder anyway, but as a red for white meat, it takes the gold.

Old world varieties offer more earthy notes with sharp cherry finishes. The new world one will ramp up the fruit flavour away from the earthy tones.

GAMAY

Beaujolais has a nasty stigma attached to it by those who have never really explored the region. In fact, it offers up some great reds, a small sidestep from a Pint Noir, if you like your lighter reds, you need to try a Gamay.

Try and look out for Cru Beaujolais, for a safe bet.

RIESLING

Dry Riesling is a great white for turkey. It is also a great chance to break any critics of Riesling, pairing with the Christmas turkey may turn even the hardest of critics. The newer Rieslings have ditched the oversweet liquid. They are creating some fantastic wines that will not struggle to cut through the meat, stuffing and gravy with ease.

ZINFANDEL

Juicy and fruity, Zinfandels is just a great all through the meal wine for Christmas. Poultry, Game, Pork, Beef! There isn’t much that won’t thank you for putting Zinfandel with it.

If you’re looking for one bottle that will do a starter, main and dessert with enough to tackle the cheese board at the end then grab a few bottles of Zinfandel

Last but by no means least…CHAMPAGNE

Ok, so it might be a bit out there, but there’s no reason this mineral lead sparkling treat shouldn’t be enjoyed with your bird too. High acidity means it will be able to cut through the sides as well as the meat. So if you want to do something a little different this year, pop that bottle for the turkey.