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.