Wines of the Times: tipples to go with your Christmas turkey

12:00pm Wednesday 19th December 2012

HERE are some top tipples to pair with turkey and all the trimmings to celebrate the ultimate foodie holiday.

For a sprinkling of stardust, Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus NV, France (£47, Waitrose) is a beautifully blended champagne from top grands crus sites. The blend of 50% pinot noir and 50% chardonnay means it’s rich, fresh, and full-bodied with a mineral edge and exuberant finish. A wine to swoon over while enjoying a champagne breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.

Voted the best match with smoked salmon by What Food, What Wine? 2012, Vina Mar Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Chile (£8.95, corneyandbarrow.com) was rated best with smoked salmon under £10. Fresh and vibrant with kiwi on the nose and gooseberry and elderflower mingling with hints of grapefruit, it’s extremely pleasant and delicate enough to enjoy on its own.

For wine lovers who want to celebrate with chardonnay, Tesco has a real corker with its Finest Chablis Grande Cuvee 2011, France (£6 from £9.99, from now until January 1, Tesco). Typical of the chablis style, it’s dry and stony with crisp, lively citrus fruits and great mineral-driven purity without being too steely. A refreshing, pristine white to wash down with shellfish and the mild flavours of turkey.

For purists, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good claret. Savoury reds work wonders with bronzed birds, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry and lashings of gravy. For a young gun that offers great value for money, try La Patrie 2011, AOC Cotes de Bordeaux, France (£5.99 from £8.99, until January 2, Sainsbury’s). A merlot dominated wine, its perfumed bouquet, cherry and red fruit flavours with fleshy, silky tannins and a hint of spice on the finish will perfectly complement a Yuletide spread.

And for a sweet ending, Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro NV, Spain (£7.19 from £8.99, now until Jan 2, 50cl, Waitrose) is the bee’s knees with Christmas pud. Smooth as a silk stocking, this amber beauty has a voluptuous mouthfeel with honeycomb notes balanced by good acidity.

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