And to follow Party Whites, here’s a round-up of some of my favourite red wines to enjoy with Christmas dinner (and over the rest of the day!)
Majestic: Surani Costarossa Primitivo di Manduria – good budget option. Primitivo, from the south of Italy, is easy going, yet full flavoured. The juicy black and red fruit twinned with vanilla and coffee will go with many dishes; try with Celeriac, Chestnut & Mushroom Tart
Majestic: The Lodge Hill Shiraz, Jim Barry – this is ‘restrained’ Shiraz, as opposed to Waitrose’s more archetypal offering below (I am a fan of both styles). Match this one with Wild Rice with Aubergine, Mint & Walnuts
Majestic: Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso – something special. This sumptious, velvetty wine is a staple on our wine rack. Pair its extravagant qualities with Artichoke & Mushroom Gnocchi Bake with Taleggio, Tarragon & Walnuts.
Ocado: Bonterra Merlot – good budget option. I am going to venture off-piste and serve this plummy character with Thai Nut Roast at one of our Christmas feasts during the next few days. I’ll just be leaving out the chilli – in case in competes with the tannins!
Sainsbury’s: Taste the Difference Chateau Tanunda Basket Press – good budget option. This sophisticated Bordeaux blend makes a great match with Celeriac, Chestnut & Mushroom Tart
Uncorked: Rocca di Monetgrossi Chianti Classico – something special. This incredibly fresh and vibrant wine is simply the best Chianti Classico I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. We’ve drunk it with a variety of tomato based dishes but this Christmas will be trying it with Artichoke & Mushroom Gnocchi Bake with Taleggio, Tarragon & Walnuts
Waitrose: Beronia Reserve Rioja – Rioja is a fabulous choice for Christmas dinner: it’s fruity, goes well with most things – try with Pumpkin & Cashew Nut Bakes – and I don’t know many people who aren’t partial to its strawberry and vanilla charms.
Amathus Wines: Gordon Estate Merlot – something special. This is not your typical Merlot! It’s powerful and full of rich black and red fruit; a good foil for something rustic like Celeriac, Chestnut & Mushroom Tart