Discover the perfect wine pairings for your festive feast
Christmas calls for a drop of the best, and with Virgin Wines that’s exactly what you’ll get
Whether you cherish spending time with your loved ones, turning your home into Santa’s grotto or simply admiring the pristinely wrapped presents that sit patiently under your tree, there’s a lot to love about Christmas. And of course, if you’re a keen foodie, you’ll believe the greatest gifts were made for eating.
While it’s easy to splurge on succulent turkey and decadent puddings, finding the right tipple to complement them isn’t always so simple – but that’s where Virgin Wines can help. Home to more than 700 high-quality, premium wines you won’t find anywhere else, there really is something for everyone. What’s more, you can sit back and have the world’s best delivered straight to your door.
So, if you’re new to wine pairing and aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry, Virgin Wines has got you covered. Read on to discover how its hand-picked selection can help make this year’s festive feast the finest one yet.
As the Christmas Day centrepiece, preparing and cooking your turkey is a true labour of love, so it’s only right to pair it with the wine it deserves. For a break from tradition, try a New World wine, such as a super-premium Californian or Australian oak-aged chardonnay. These rich and complex wines have toasty oak and nut flavours that work wonderfully with roast turkey – or chicken, for that matter.
A guaranteed winner is Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017 (£49.99). The grapes used to make this exceptional wine are handpicked at night to reduce the chance of damage, while notes of toasted almond from barrel ageing imbue nutty nuances that will perfectly complement your roasted bird. If you’re after something a little less expensive, The Black Pig Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2020 (£11.99) is also a match made in heaven for white meat. Lightly toasty oak underpins bright, naturally fresh fruit flavours, and the smooth mouthfeel and long finish make it great with rich food.
For something a little more traditional, opt for a bottle of red Sancerre, such as Domaine Michel Girard Sancerre Rouge 2020 (£15.99). While often hard to find, red Sancerre is an absolute delight, with deep red and black fruit flavours that taste even more delicious when enjoyed with a generous helping of cranberry sauce. It’s a flawless festive combination.
Something a little different
If you’re planning on hosting the family this Christmas, sometimes cooking turkey alone is not enough. Serving red meat alongside your bird is becoming increasingly popular, as is whipping up a nut roast for any vegetarian or vegan guests. And with such an array of centrepieces on offer, you’ll want a versatile wine that can do it all – enter the Perez Cruz Liguai 2016 (£27.99). A beautiful blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and carménère, this complex yet elegant vegan red offers a chocolate-rich, buttery creaminess alongside divine notes of black pepper and blackberries that work exceptionally well with red meats and nut roasts.
Then there’s the full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale 2019 (£21.99). The fruit for this bottle is selected from old, low-yielding vines grown in the ancient village of its namesake, and is packed with spicy aromas, and black and red fruits, and possesses a long, smoky finish that will make your red meat sing. It’s worth noting that this wine isn’t vegan, but Virgin Wines has more than 300 bottles of vegan varieties to choose from, all sourced from all around the world – from ruby rich Riojas to a fruity vinho verdes, so nobody has to miss out.
Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without a sumptuous dessert, and when finding a wine to pair it with, you want it to be sweeter than the treat itself. It might sound strange (and sickly sweet), but it will help you avoid that unwanted acidic or sour taste in the mouth. Of course, the sweet wine you choose must also have good acidity to prevent it from being too overpowering.
Chateau du Seuil Cerons 2018 (£16.99) is a lusciously smooth dessert wine that will pair beautifully with your Christmas pudding. Boasting an apricot sweetness that’s balanced by a sharper lemon acidity, a small, chilled glass of this really is the only way to end your festive meal. Moscato, such as Tenuta Olim Bauda Moscato d'Asti Centive 2019 (£10.99), is another great choice for your Christmas pudding. Not only is this gentle fizz light in style and lower in alcohol, but it has delicate notes of orange blossom and elderflower, which cut through the heavy fruit in the pud.
Catering for cheeseboard enthusiasts? You can’t beat a fruity glass of port. Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2004 (£24.99) is a superb quality port that is adored for its velvety texture and voluptuous fruitiness. It’s particularly great with aged hard or blue cheeses.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale 2019
This comforting pie deserves an equally warming tipple, and the sweet and spicy aromas in this elegant wine complement it beautifully.
Roast turkey breast with stuffing
Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017
The toasted almond notes in this super-premium Chardonnay will intensify the delectable flavours in your roasted bird.
Capon in spiced mead with roasted root veg and croutons
The Black Pig The Prize Chardonnay 2020
The smooth mouthfeel and long finish of this fresh, fruity Chardonnay make it a nice choice for this indulgent roast.