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Wines for Christmas by Jamie MacKenzie-Charrington

PUBLISHED: 12:59 19 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

Wines for Christmas by Jamie MacKenzie-Charrington

Wines for Christmas by Jamie MacKenzie-Charrington

From fizz to a fragrant Sauternes Jamie MacKenzie-Charrington of Hicks and Don wine merchants has selected some great wines for seasonal feasting.

From fizz to a fragrant Sauternes Jamie MacKenzie-Charrington of Hicks and Don wine merchants has selected some great wines for seasonal feasting.



Most of us have a good idea of the sort of food we will be serving on Christmas Day for friends and family. Now comes the somewhat confusing area of wine selection. We are often asked at Hicks & Don about food and wine matching; should you start with bubbles, does red or white wine go better with the turkey, what should we drink with the Christmas pudding?


A glass of fizz kick-starts the day and we particularly enjoy drinking Cava from Spain which will definitely appeal to the Bank Manager! The H&D Private Cuve is fresh and lemony and makes a highly attractive alternative to Champagne, perked up with a dash of Cassis or freshly squeezed orange juice. If serving Champagne, we recommend Joseph Perrier which has been a best seller for over 30 years. Match your bubbles with smoked salmon and you have a wonderful reviver after the excitement of opening stockings.





Now to the bird itself. We are often asked whether we recommend Claret to go with turkey. I personally do not feel that a wine from Bordeaux is the best match. A floral Beaujolais or a New Zealand Pinot Noir, whose fragrant character goes nicely with sprouts and root vegetables, might make a change, or even a Rioja from Northern Spain. If you prefer drinking white wine with white meat, there is s a wonderful wine, Gruner Veltliner, approrpiately enough from Domaine Gobelsburg in Austria. Do not be put off Austrian wines, thinking that theyre too sweet; many of them have wonderful acidity which balances out their fruitiness. If you prefer a much drier style of wine, I would recommend a French regional, such as a Corbires Blanc, which has the acidity and tannin to match the richness of bread sauce and gravy.





Whether you serve the cheese before the Christmas pudding is up to you - the French serve it first and make the most of any left over red wine. The English tradition is to drink port with cheese, and I would recommend a full bodied Ruby, such as our Shooting Port, which goes very well with the saltiness of Dorset Blue Vinny. The Christmas pudding itself can be matched with a deliciously sticky wine from the Sainte Croix-Du-Mont region, just over the river from Sauternes, which produces stunning wines at a third of the price.





Whichever wine you choose, it is well worth getting in touch with your local wine merchant, who can offer advice and traditional service, making your Christmas Day a very happy one.




Hicks & Don Wine Merchants have recently moved to Dorset and offer a local delivery service. All the wines mentioned in the article can be purchased from Hicks & Don.


Telephone: 01747 824292



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Jamie's Recommendations:


H&D Private Cuve Cava, Spain 8.30


Joseph Perrier Champagne, France 26.20


Tindall Pinot Noir, New Zealand 14.30


Urbina Rioja, Spain 15.25


Gruner Veltliner, Austria 12.15


Corbires Blanc, France 9.95


Chateau Les Arroucats, Sainte Croix-Du-Mont 13.25


Hicks & Don Shooting Port & Blue Vinney Stilton Gift Pack Price 39.00 including delivery


Joseph Perrier Champagne & handmade Chococo Chocolates from Purbeck Gift Pack Price 55.00 including delivery



Hicks & Don Shooting Port Gift Pack with Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese 39 including delivery


Joseph Perrier Champagne with handmade Chococo Chocolates from Purbeck 55 including delivery


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