No pressure, everyone, but we all seem to think that Christmas lunch is a really important occasion and getting the wine right counts – we want something special and it has to please everyone. So to de-stress the situation and let you get on with the cracker-pulling, mince pie munching, ho-ho-ho-ing fun, here are my recommendations for awesome reds!
Brilliant Bargain Turkey Red
Extra Special Barbera d’Asti £5
What more can I say about this fabulously smooth, wonderfully fruity Italian red that is just so perfect with turkey? As Brucey would say, Extra Special Barbera you are my new favourite!
Perfect Pinot Noirs for Duck or Goose
Extra Special New Zealand Pinot Noir £9.50
Silky smooth, supple and sexy – Wither Hills winery has done us proud.
Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir £16.97
This is seriously good – gorgeous chocolate flavours and a velvety smooth revelation. Love it with duck, goose, lamb or even pork. And a posh choice for turkey, too. How good is that?
Best for Beef
Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon £5
What a star! Rich, blackcurranty, just enough tannin, fantastic quality and awesome value. If you like Bordeaux but crave something fruitier here is the wine for you.
Chateau Gazin Roquencourt Bordeaux 2009 £25
For the committed Bordeaux buddies amongst you, there is nothing to compare to a really, really fine claret at Christmas and this wine is truly stunning. Here’s a bit of background: this is a classic Cabernet based red from Pessac Leognan in the Graves region (the same appellation as First Growth Chateau Haut-Brion) and from the fabulous 2009 vintage. Fruit, spice, balance… sensational!