Here are some ideas for your Christmas Day party: Kick off the day by nibbling on smoked salmon blinis or creamy prawn vol-au-vents while sipping our Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Champagne, £29.69. Aromas of apple-pie and lemon meringue are followed by a delightful, tingling palate of dry, zesty fruit. If you are hungry this can be the most rewarding food and wine moment of the day, and it will stimulate your appetite. Alternatively, our Montresor Prosecco at £13.99 per bottle is delightfully soft and frothy with pretty green-apple and floral aromas which will have your guests asking for more. `Please, Sir…`
With the turkey and all the trimmings, I recommend a fantastic gem from my travels in Chile, the single vineyard Leyda Chardonnay `Lot No. 5`, £24.99. This, their new 2015 vintage, is the peaches-and-cream of Chile, exotic and silky-rich. In case the price tag is too hefty, the good news is we also stock this wine`s little brother [not a single vineyard], £13.99. A lighter, biscuit style, it is not unlike a Mâcon white burgundy. In red, I highly recommend our Giant Steps Pinot Noir from Australia`s Yarra Valley. It is light and fruity – imbued with raspberry, strawberry, redcurrant and cherry. Served cool this wine will cope admirably with all the flavours and textures on the plate. Another slurping Pinot Noir from down-under is the Trentham Estate at £13.99.
Next up is the cheese board (in our house). Surely, time for port. Try our Ramos Pinto Collector port at £16.99 per bottle; dark and intense it is sweet-tasting with dried plum, fig, blackberry and cherry-kirsch flavours. After some digesting time don`t forget the finale, the flaming Christmas pudding! I think it deserves a dedicated sweet wine. One as dark and sticky as the pudding, a Rutherglen Muscat for example, ours is £16.99 per half-bottle – or one which is bright yellow and light as a feather, by way of contrast to the dense, sweet stodge, such as our sweet-sparkling Moncucco Moscato d`Asti from Italy, £13.99 per 50cl bottle. What a great way this is to finish with a toast.