Ho, ho, ho it’s that time of year again. The fairy lights are twinkling, the decorations are glittering and we’re planning what to stuff our faces with on the big day.
Trying to match wine with your Christmas dinner can be a difficult task, there are so many different flavours to think about. Not only have you got the centrepiece, be it turkey, lamb, nut roast or veggie pie, but also roast potatoes, honeyed carrots, Yorkshire puddings, gravy, cranberry sauce … the list goes on.
Instead of stumbling down the supermarket aisles, trying to figure out which wine goes with what, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve paired each of our award-winning canned wines with your Christmas dinner favourites.
If you’re cooking up fish, turkey, nut roast or a sweet potato and feta vegetarian pie, our Gruner Veltliner is the best choice. Its crisp acidity, bright citrus and warming pepper spice is ideal with lighter meats, but also pairs deliciously with gravy and all the trimmings (whose taste impact we often neglect when choosing wine and food pairings).
Our Old Vine Garnacha is the perfect accompaniment to beef and lamb, but also that festive favourite: the mince pie, if you want an afternoon treat. This full-bodied Spanish red has been aged for four years creating a smooth and spicy palette, brimming with chocolate-coated cherries, cassis and vanilla warmth.
If you love lamb, beef and other ‘big meats’, but aren’t a red wine enthusiast, our Grenache Rose is an excellent choice. It has the zippy acidity to cut through the fat and richness, backed by flavours of ripe berries, juicy orange citrus and wild strawberries leaving you with a full, fruity food wine.
We’ve moved beyond just nice wine in a can, our awarding-winning canned wines have each been specially selected to showcase the best of their variety. They each have fantastic acidity meaning they will all pair beautifully with an after-dinner cheese and charcuterie board. Read more about our favourite canned wine and cheese pairings here.
Of course the added benefit of canned wine is that each guest can have their own! So no matter how many people your Christmas dinner is catering for or who prefers white, red or rose, everyone can have their favourite. That’s one less squabble to worry about (you can save your energy for when somebody cracks out the boardgames).
By Niamh Harkett