‘Tis the Season to be Tipsy with The Wine Tipster’s Christmas Wines

It’s the most wine-derful time of the year and The Wine Tipster is armed with bottle recommendations to make your seasonal celebrations go off with a bang, or maybe a pop. With options for a tipple on Christmas Eve, right through to drinks to accompany the Boxing Day leftovers, there is something for everyone here and all are under £?. He’s made his list, he’s checked it twice, it’s time to find out which wines are nice!

Christmas Eve

A magical evening of log fires and mince pies calls for a warming glass of something, and The Wine Tipster is excited to try the Mediterranean Léoube Gin (Daylesford Organics £50). Known for their stunning Provence rosés, this new addition to the Léoube family is a wonderful treat at Christmas, distilled with olives and wild Mediterranean botanicals. A Winter Cocktail is perfect for sipping by a roaring fire and captures the magic of advent. To make your own:

Mediterranean Gin by Léoube
Winter Cocktail
  • Place ice in a serving glass to chill it
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake together 40ml Mediterranean Gin by Léoube, 100ml organic almond milk, 5ml orange flower water, 5ml maple or cinnamon syrup
  • Discard the ice from the serving glass and double strain the cocktail into it
  • Try it hot – heat it gently on the hob after straining it

Christmas Morning

The excitement of Christmas Morning means all rules are out of the window. The perfect serve for Christmas morning is the Bottega Pink Gold Prosecco DOC Rosé Millesimato Brut 2019/2020 (Ocado £25.99 down to £21.99). This award-winning Prosecco DOC Rosé is elegant, truly memorable with soft fruit flavours of cherries and raspberries. It’s sure to get the day off to a cracking start.

Bottega Pink Gold Prosecco DOC Rosé Millesimato Brut

Christmas Lunch or Dinner

Whether you have your Christmas meal at lunch or dinner, a bottle of Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2020, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina (VINVM £12.65) is the perfect accompaniment. Argentinian Malbec has rightly become very popular, and yet you need to study the form in terms of discovering the high quality, complex and beautifully balanced wines like this Estate Malbec from Doña Paula from the Uco Valley, where some of Argentina’s great red wines are produced. This wine has ripe black and red fruit flavours, is full bodied, yet not overpowering and matches with beef, your turkey roast and vegetarian Christmas roast. 

Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2020

For a festive white, the Louis Latour White Burgundy 2020, Burgundy, France (Waitrose £14.99 on offer £11.99) is wonderful. This Chardonnay has been a popular choice throughout 2021 and is a classic with soft, ripe citrus fruit flavours, and creamy texture. Lovely to enjoy as an aperitif and paired with seafood and fish dishes.

Louis Latour White Burgundy 2020

Christmas Cheeseboard

A Christmas cheeseboard after the Christmas meal is a must for The Wine Tipster and pairs beautifully with a port. Port is very popular during the Festive period and is a great match with a range of cheeses including stilton. The Quinta Do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2015, Douro, Portugal (The Great Wine Co. £19.95) is a great option for any cheeseboard as the LBV style is the most popular port style. Quinta Do Crasto’s 2015 has beautiful dark fruit flavours, is full flavoured, with finesse and balance. This port is vegan friendly and bottled without fining and filtration so a light sediment may form in the bottle over time. Pour gently into a glass jug or decanter leaving the sediment in the bottle. 

Quinta Do Crasto LBV Port

Boxing Day

After a brisk walk, a bottle of Morgon Château de Pizay 2020 Beaujolais, France (Majestic £12.99 and £10.99 in a mixed case of six bottles) pairs well with a table full of leftovers. Gamay is such an underrated grape variety and this Morgon has lovely silky-smooth cherry and blackberry fruit character with friendly tannins. Perfect to enjoy on Boxing Day with turkey, stilton leek and celery tart, or on its own. 

Morgon Château de Pizay 2020

For a white option, The Wine Tipster is a massive fan of the Gérard Bertrand wines and his Gris Blanc Gérard Bertrand 2020, Pays d’Oc, Roussillon, France (Strictly Wine £13.25 on offer £10.47) is outstanding. This is versatile, dry, and refreshing, with subtle red fruits which makes it great on its own, with fish and lightly spicy dishes. 

Gris Blanc Gérard Bertrand 2020

However you are celebrating Christmas this year, The Wine Tipster wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cheers!

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