Make your Christmas Day a roaring success with these classic, 100% proven recommendations
Campanula Sparkling Pinot Grigio
Christmas Day just has to start with a Buck’s Fizz. Now, you don’t want to use your poshest bubbly, but it does have to be one that’s delicious. Step forward Campanula, an orchard-fresh sparkling Pinot Grigio that goes brilliantly with fresh orange juice.
Hands off granny! Sherry has become very trendy, especially those from Barbadillo – one of the few houses to have been awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. This Cream has sweet raisin and candied orange flavours and makes for a delicious apéritif.
Crisp Sancerre perfectly cuts through the oiliness of a smoked salmon starter. The Prieur bothers’ vines on the steep La Damnée vineyard always produce one of the freshest styles. Textbook gooseberry and lime with crisp, minerally notes.
Pinot Noir is perfect for turkey. But Burgundy can be expensive. If you don’t want to push the boat out too far, this New Zealand star is ideal. It’s one of the best new Pinots we've tasted. Cranberries, raspberries and savoury spice. Sublime stuff.
What could possibly stand up to a rich Christmas pud? Icewine! It’s made from the concentrated juice of grapes that freeze on the vine – and this fulsome beauty is rippling with honeyed apricot, lychee and fig flavours. Incredible!
Pray silence for The Queen’s Speech – and then raise a glass of South Ridge Cuvée Merret Brut. Not just for patriotic reasons. This vintage bubbly from the kings of English fizz beats many a Champagne for richness, elegance and sheer enjoyment.
It’s early evening and out come the board games and mince pies. Time for a chilled glass of this 90pt, fortified Aussie Riesling. Its rich, nectar-like flavours go beautifully with the sweet mincemeat – and make a heavy Monopoly defeat that little less painful.
Andresen Late Bottled Vintage Port
Some traditions can’t be beaten. Like an indulgent cheeseboard at the end of Christmas Day and seriously good Port. Andresen’s LBV has velvety, luscious black
fruit flavours that pair beautifully with all kinds of cheese – especially stilton.
There's nothing like a Boxing Day curry to use up those leftovers. Pair it with this exciting new red from the sun-kissed southern Rhône. Silky Grenache, enhanced with a little peppery, blackberry rich Syrah – so richly warming.
You couldn’t really ask for a better glass of bubbly to raise a toast as you see in the New Year. The triple Gold medal winning Delmotte Brut was rated The Times’ “Best Buy” at full price. You can enjoy a bottle today with a HALF PRICE saving.