Wines for Christmas Dinner

12/13/2019 11:37 AM

What wines are best for Christmas Dinner?

This has been a topic of discussion at Wines of the World for the countdown to Christmas.

What is the best wine for Christmas dinner, well it depends on what you enjoy; however, there are definitely some great recommendations to suit the type of food you are eating.

Christmas dinner may be over a few courses and there may be several glasses to fill with several palates to please….

A few suggestions from our range of wines-

To start with, McGuigan Frizzante  or Piper Heidsieck Brut Reserve  to toast the special day, best served chilled great on its own or as an aperitif.


For starters, smoked salmon, cold meats, spring rolls we would recommend a light refreshing wine such as Vidal Sauvignon Blanc or  If you prefer red wines then we would recommend a light fruity red such as Pierre Amadieu Cotes Du Ventoux La Claretiére.



Turkey and it has been a traditional favourite since Victorian times and let’s face it Christmas isn’t Christmas without turkey. Like most poultry it is medium-weight and with a mild flavour and low fat.

In order to match the weight of the palate its best to pair with a medium-full-bodied white wine or a medium-full bodied red wine with low tannins (tannins react with fatty protein molecules and will seem very harsh in the absence of fat). This could be an old red wine (as tannins precipitate out with age) or a young ripe fruity wine made from a grape variety that is naturally low in tannins such as Pinot Noir.

Turkey comes with all the traditional sides of herb-filled stuffing, roasted veggies and an assortment of savoury dishes. Sauvignon Blanc is hands-down one of the top white wine picks for turkey and savoury dishes, as it tends to bring its own herbal tones to the table again you could go with Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc  or Ackerman Sauvignon Blanc  

However, we may also consider what it is you enjoy best with your turkey to give it a bit of flavour is it cranberry sauce or gravy as this is where most powerful flavours are usually found.

Cranberry sauce will not go with a mellow aged red wine – instead choose a young, ripe, fruity wine low in tannins such as Esk Valley Pinot Noir  or The Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 

If you prefer your turkey with gravy then a full-bodied wine is a good choice for wine lovers. The roundness and weight will match the sauce. Our personal favourite here at Wines Of The World is Vidal Legacy Chardonnay which won The Best Chardonnay at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015. There is also the option of Cruse Chardonnay

If you prefer red wine, a mature Tempranillo Rioja would work well as aged wines have less tannin. For this we would suggest Beronia Tempranillo Especial

As Turkey is mild in flavour there are plenty of other options of light fruity refreshing white wines that pair up nicely and will also complement the ham such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer.

At Wines of The World we have Vidal Estate Riesling  and Preiss-Zimmer Gewurtztraminer 


Luckily the red wines which we recommended for the turkey, Esk Valley Pinot Noir The Fat Bastard Pinot Noir  and Beronia Tempranillo Especial will also pair up well with the ham.



To finish there is the option of a dessert wine or a port why not treat yourself to something new for the occasion that’s in it.

Sweet dessert wines, which have a high sugar content, are best paired with sweet desserts that also have a high sugar content. Dessert wines also go well over vanilla ice cream and you could always serve your ice cream with apricots that have been infused in the dessert wines, try it, it’s delicious! For this, we have Pierre Amadieu Muscat Beaumes De Venise 

 If you don’t have a sweet tooth and would like to have something to pair with a cheese board or Christmas pudding then we would highly recommend a port such as Cockburns 10 Year Old Tawny 

Or if it’s something chocolatey you enjoy for dessert then Cockburns Vintage Port 2011 is perfect for you, it also pairs up nicely with strong cheeses such as Stilton or Roquefort.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or call us on Freephone 1800 844 101 we are more than happy to help! 




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