Have you decided what wines to pair with your festive dinner yet?
Before we get to the main event, let's start with breakfast. The 25th of December is the only day of the year where it's slightly more acceptable to open a bottle over breakfast! We would recommend sticking with Prosecco. It's lower in alcohol compared to Champagne and mixes much better with orange juice for a less alcoholic drink. What better way to get into the festive spirit and have you involuntarily singing along to all those Christmas songs on the radio?
Assuming you've not consumed too much Prosecco over breakfast (if you have, you need not read any further), you'll probably be keen on pairing a suitable wine with the main dinner.
Let's start with turkey, the go-to meat for this time of year. Turkey tends to be dry, so you're going to need something juicy to slosh it all down with. A great option would be a Valpolicella for the Corvina grape's cherry packed charm or a Primitivo from Puglia with its sweet and juicy red fruit notes.
If you're eating roast beef, try a Sangiovese in the form of Chianti for its peppery nuance that makes it a great match for beef and horseradish.
What about goose? The gamey flavour and high-fat content mean you can be a bit bolder with the wine. Nebbiolo fits nicely here with its deep red fruit flavours and spice on the palate. You can push the boat out with a Barolo or Barbaresco, or opt for a less expensive Nebbiolo based wine from outside of these two areas.
Serving up pork? You don't want anything too heavy with pork. We'd suggest a fruit-driven, medium-bodied Montepulciano - its abundance of bright red fruit flavours will complement roast pork nicely.
We'd love to know what you'll be drinking on the day. Let us know in the comments below.