Wines for your festive feast
Here are some cheeky tipple choices to accompany our Italian-inspired Christmas feast in the December issue…
To go with: Parma ham and figs with dolcelatte and carpaccio of salmon dressed with olive salsa
Try: Morrisons Signature Alsace Pinot Gris, £7.99
Why: The sweet apricot, honey and gingerbread scents and lively taste cut through rich, creamy meat dishes perfectly.
Try: The Co-operative Prosecco NV (Italy) £6.66
Why: Green apple and a touch of almond combine to make an irresistibly refreshing wine. A great match to a light starter.
To go with: Carpaccio of salmon dressed with olive salsa
Try: Morrisons Signature Gruner Veltliner, £6.99
Why: Full of beautifully balanced flavour and great with fish, it’s a little gem well worth discovering.
Try: Aldi’s Highland Black Scotch Whiskey, £13.29
Why: Sometimes a spirit can pair better with food than wine. A quality whisky, such as Highland Black eight-year old Scotch Whiskey, which has a slightly smokey edge, is a winning match to this beautiful salmon.
To go with: Italian herbed turkey
Try: Morrisons Signature Red Douro, £7.99
Why: This makes for an altogether juicier grape and therefore a richer, plummy wine that’s spot on with roast meats.
Try: Piccini Chianti Classico DOCG 2009
Price: £8.99, Tesco [[[link: http://www.tesco.com/]]]
Why: Deep red in colour, the nose has notes of spice and wild berries and the palate all the traditional Chianti Classico characteristics of structure and elegance, black fruit and soft tannins. A truly classic red to pair with this Italian herbed turkey.
Try: The Co-operative Fairtrade Chenin Blanc (South Africa), £4.99
Why: A fresh, crisp and fruity white with some lemony and tropical tones. It has a balanced palate, with a crispy finish. A great match to the Christmas turkey.
To go with: Rib of beef
Try: Morrisons Signature Valpolicella Ripasso, £7.49
Why: An intense rollercoaster ride of rich, red berry flavours. It’s one to take your time with to savour all its amazing aromas. Perfect for red meats!
Try: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Australian Shiraz (Australia), £6.49
Why: The palate is all spicy dark fruit with nutmeg oak and fine long tannins, a perfect match for roast beef.
To go with: Sugar-glazed ham
Try: Aldi’s The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling, £6.99
Why: The flavours of lime and apple cut through the richness of ham to refresh the palate.
Try: Morrisons Signature Navarra Garnacha, £6.99
Why: This Spanish fruity Rosé is lovely and light with a burst of ripe summer berries that perfectly complement antipasti and cured meat.
Try: Cono Sur Pinot Noir (Chile), £6.99
Why: Sweet fruits combine with fine tannins giving the wine a great structure. A New World styled Pinot Noir which pairs perfectly with the honey-glazed ham.
Twice-baked goats’ cheese soufflés
Try: Via Cupola Sauvignon Blanc, £4.99
Why: Full of tangy gooseberry and sweet apple flavours that sit perfectly with cheese.
Try: The Co-operative Chablis (France) £9.99
Why: Dry and unoaked, with mouth-watering citrus fruit flavours underpinned by the natural minerality of classic Chablis, which goes very well with cheese.
To go with: Rum and raisin mince pie tart
Try: Aldi’s Caversham Cream Sherry, £5.25
Why: The nutty, raisin-scented sherry harmonises with the mince filling, while the buttery pastry accentuates the creaminess of the wine.
Try: Morrisons Signature Pedro Ximenez, £5.99
Why: Another sherry – but this luscious, raisiny PX is especially good at an especially good price.
To go with: Italian mascarpone Christmas cake
Morrisons Signature Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux, £6.49
Why: Rich and honeyed, it’s great with fruity puds and cheese.