Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Tuesday, December 20 2016

Top 10 : Christmas Dinner Wines

By: Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
Turkey, ham, fish and beef - we have it covered

Selecting Christmas dinner wines can strike fear into the heart of any seasoned wine buyer, let alone the casual tippler.

This is especially true if you failed to sign up for that food and wine pairing class you said you would attend after last year’s Christmas dinner debacle. Fear not, for we have the answers you need today and we’ve done our best to track down wines that are in plentiful supply.

There are no right or wrong wines to serve at Christmas dinner. Over time, with much wine wisdom gained we have come to eschew great wines from old vintages that require special handling, temperature checks, decanting, and too much attention to detail. None can stand up to confusion of large family holiday dinners or all the flavours on the table. That said it doesn’t mean you can simply freelance blindly.

Generous wines are always a hit. That means red wines with soft tannins and white wines with a reasonably fruity, aromatic demeanour. After that, as long as you consider the main course, be it the traditional stuffed turkey or perhaps a lamb roast, or a ham, fish or a vegetarian dish, you should be able to enjoy some holiday magic.

Here are some wines we've tasted recently, are consistantly great, and that you should be able to find in time for Christmas.

Written By:
Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.