Are you stuck in a wine rut? Always opting for the same trusty favourite? Christmas is an ideal time to try new wines. Whether you’re cooking ham, turkey, or goose then you’re in luck we’ve done the searching for you!
Ham Baked, smoked, or honeyed hams beg for wines with a dash of sweet. German Rieslings are a white wine that have a hint of fruit sugar which is balanced by the slightly lower alcohol level and slight acidity. This sweet/sharp element goes great with ham. If white wine is not your thing, go for a lighter style red such as a Beaujolais, Pinot Noir or a Spanish Tempranillo.
Turkey Herb-filled stuffing, roasted veggies, rich sauces, and an assortment of savoury sides tend to be served with this meat so don’t forget to factor in these flavours when deciding on a wine. Sauvignon Blanc is hands-down one of the top white wine picks for turkey and savoury sides, as it tends to bring its own herbal tones to the table. Turkey also goes well with Zinfandel or Shiraz.
Goose This bird tends to be fatty and has a slight gamey flavour. French wines have a long historical partnership with a variety of Goose dishes. Go for a Burgundy or Bordeaux. If you’re serving the duck with a fruit-based sauce then perhaps go for a white wine instead. Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Sauternes will go really well.
Let’s not forget pudding...
Traditional Fayre Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies are delicious with the similarly flavoured aged Tawny Ports and rich Madeiras; both wines go very well with rich chocolate desserts too. With a traditional sherry trifle serve a sweet Sherry such as Oloroso.