Christmas day turkey deserves a great bottle of wine to match.

For many, this could be the most important meal of year, a rare opportunity to get our favourite people all together for a meal. With that in mind, I feel it’s important to have a great bottle of wine for Turkey.

Whilst it may be the main event of the dish, the turkey, isn’t really a key consideration in the pairing. Instead, more flavoursome elements like pigs in blankets, sprouts and roast potatoes are what we need to focus on. In food and wine pairing we match intensity so what ever wine you go for, it needs to be flavoursome. The sheer richness of this dishes means that high acidity is key, you need something to cut through the dish. Whilst you could go for something like a Cab Sauv or a Shiraz, my preference is for a light red or full bodied white. It’s already a big meal, and lighter or fresher wine can be a welcome break. So here are my top choices for 2022.

Poultry & pinot noir are perfect

One of my favourite matches is Pinot Noir. Whilst I had considered a classic Red Burgundy, I was given this as a sample and was blown away by the quality of this wine for the price. Furthermore, Burgundy is a major influence on this wine. The vines come from Burgundy cuttings and the vineyards are located in the cool region of Elgin. The wine shows beautiful purity with layered red fruits, cranberry, raspberry, silky tannins and a long, savoury finish. Whilst it’s a premium wine, it’s well worth the money.

A pinot with some punch!

Whilst popular with many, some can find Pinot noir lacking intense (sometimes described as watery). That definitely can’t be said about the Lockwood Pinot Noir. This Californian Pinot Noir has more body and is brimming with super ripe red fruits. It also works fantastically as a good all rounder with a cheeseboard.

Are you feeling adventurous?

It’s no secret that I love Greek wines, they offer such exciting varieties and exceptional value for money. Xinomavro is one of Greece’s premier red varieties, often described as a cross between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. This wine shows notes of dried red fruits, leathery oak and dried herbs.

Prefer white over red?

If you prefer white wine with your Turkey, oaked wines are spot on. Again, the fantastic South African producer of Lismore stood out for me. This wine has all the hallmarks of a white Burgundy, but at about half the price. This wine shows the perfect balance between rich complexity and refreshing mineral notes.

Feeding a crowd?

If you’ve got loads of people around for Christmas this year, you may favour quantity. This White Rioja has smooth oaky complexity and juicy stone fruit, but sits at just £12 a bottle.

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