We love planning our Christmas wines, it’s the best reason to treat yourself to that extra special tipple.
If you are looking to branch out from your usual suspects and don’t know where to start, Michelle Lawlor from The Nude Wine Company has put together a list of wines to take your Christmas vino to the next level. So whether you are thinking about wine with scrambled eggs on Christmas morning or what to drink with your Turkey and Ham, Michelle has got you covered.
All of the wines mentioned are available to order at www.thenudewineco.ie
This has to be my most favourite guilty pleasure. A glass of fizz on Christmas morning was always something my London in-laws indulged in and its such a fun idea, that we have adopted it as our own tradition.
The key with breakfast wine is choosing something that is dry and with lovely refreshing acidity, so it can cut through the fat of an Irish breakfast.
Voria Bianco Pet nat, Porta del Vento, Sicily, Italy €19.95 | ORGANIC, VEGAN
We really love Pet Nat wines, they are so much fun and they represent everything we love here at Nude Wines. They are non filtered, vegan friendly and as natural as you can get. This is a light and lively Pet Nat, with gorgeous creamy and fizzy bubbles, juicy ripe tropical fruit of pineapple and citrus. Goes down very easy!! Try with a Fried Egg and rashers.
Canforrales Organic Viognier 2020, Spain €13.65
This Organic Viognier from Spain is delicious and a perfect breakfast wine as its light-medium bodied. Think peachy fruit and really aromatic this wine is a great alternative for anyone who likes wines like Albarino and wants to try something different. Try with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
What to Drink with Christmas Dinner
The Classic Christmas dinner is a medley of different flavours from cranberry sauce to herb stuffing and Brussel sprouts to parmesan coated parsnips. That’s before we even look at the meat options. The best wines to stand up to all these competing flavours are fruit forward medium bodied reds and medium bodied and crisp whites. We have suggested some options here which cover all the bases, primarily focusing on wines from Europe.
If you are a lover of Italian wines, Italian foods and Italian holidays then why not try some Italian classics for the dinner table!
Castelcerino Filippi Soave 2019 €22.95
A rich, minerally and textural Soave that would make you stop and think twice. This is organic and non-filtered and has spent time on the its lees making it creamy, medium bodied and soft in the mouth but with a zingy and intense fruit profile with savoury hints of almonds. A gorgeous white wine that will be the highlight of any meal.
Campolieti, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore €20.50
A fabulous introduction to Valpolicella Ripasso, Campolieti is medium to full bodied and deliciously fruity. Think blueberries and blackberries with mocha and caramel hints. Although its 13.5% and made in the Ripasso style, the perfumed notes make it feel lighter than it is!
If you prefer to stick to the classics and old favourites, two of the best come from France: Macon from Burgundy offers great value for white wine lovers and a rich and full bodied Rhone for red wine drinkers.
Terres Secrets, Macon Verze, Croix Jarrier €19.80
Classic white Burgundy and a must for Chardonnay lovers. Generous creamy stone fruit aromas supported by concentrated citrus freshness. A rich mouthfeel, creamy and textural. The only problem is that you will need a second bottle in the fridge.
Yves Cuilleron Crozes Hermitage ‘Laya’ €31.50
An instantly enticing wine, the vibrant and intense aromas draw you straight in. Brilliant value for money and a must for anyone who likes Chateauneuf du Pape but without the pricetag. Layered flavours of fruit, herbs, spice and minerality. Yummy!
Most people reach straight for Rioja or Albarino when it come to Spanish whites, but there are many more thrilling and delicious wines coming from this very diverse piece of land!
Badajo, Rueda, Spain €14.00
Badajo is a blend of Verdejo with a touch a Viura to flesh it out. An alluring and intense wine of ripe tropical fruit such as pineapples, mangos and kiwi fruit with a fleshy texture and fresh acidity. This is a great alternative for those who like the punchy New Zealand style of Sauvignon Blanc.
Portal del Priorat Gotes, €25.80
A medium-full bodied red wine that is reminiscent of Premium Australian Shiraz. It has those rich and spicy red fruit flavours like a raspberry tart. Despite the robust nature of the wine, it is very refreshing and has a silky, velvety mouthfeel. This is definitely a wine for those who love Australian Shiraz for its big, bold flavours. This is instant gratification in a glass.
What to Drink with Turkey and Ham Sandwiches
Everything tastes better between 2 slices of bread, particularly when its served up on Stephens Day with a hangover. A great wine for hair of the dog is a dry sparkling wine. The emphasis is on dry here, as ideally you would like to avoid waking up on the 27th with a nasty hangover! Dry sparkling wines are the way to go, avoiding those with residual sugar is key. We love this dry pink prosecco.
La Jara Organic Sparkling Prosecco Rose €16.00 | ORGANIC, VEGAN
Made in the traditional Prosecco fashion , but with a small percentage of red grapes, this sparkling pink wine is dry and tastes like peaches, apricots and strawberries. Its absolutely excellent! At 10% alcohol, it goes down very nicely indeed. Try with a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich.
Gran Cerdo, Rioja, Spain €14.65 per bottle
Its really bright and fun and very similar to a Beaujolais. Its Bojo, but not as we know it! Whole bunch fermentation, light filtration and minimal sulfur makes for an interesting and beautiful glass of organic rioja, one of my new favourites on our list, excellent value wine on offer here. Try with a warm ham sandwich.