Christmas wine pairing guide

To make sure your Christmas dinner is as delicious as possible, we’ve hand picked some seriously amazing wines to complement. For each of the classic Christmas dishes below, we’ve come up with a couple of options. 

Seafood Starters

Most classic seafood starters feature either oily fish like Salmon or Trout, or have a rich, creamy sauce (classic prawn cocktail). So it’s important to find a wine that will act as a wee palette cleanser between bites.

A Classic Match:

German Rieslings are a fantastic starter wine. Clean, light and packed with acidity to cut through these dishes. If an off dry Riesling isn’t for you, we also have a bone dry Aussie Riesling.

Feeling Adventurous:

Earlier this year we found a gem of a wine from the Savoie Region of France made using the local grape Jacquère. Lemony acidity, notes of honeysuckle and incredibly morish.

Feeding a Crowd: 

Sparkling wines are another amazing match here. Our Royal Rose is a Pinot Noir Sparkling wine from Chile that would be a great match. Fun, fruity and the bubbles will cut through the oily fish.   

Baked Camembert

Creamy, unctuous and packed with flavour. Furthermore it’s often deep fried or served with loads of fresh bread. If this isn’t an opportunity to break out the creamy, full bodied whites, I don’t know what is. 

A Classic Match:

Think Oaked Chardonnay. Whilst Burgundy may be the obvious choice, I think there is world class Chardonnay in other places that offer far more for your money. Lismore Chardonnay from South Africa absolutely blows me away every time. 

Feeling Adventurous:

Earlier this year I crowned this Portuguese whiteone of the most exciting wines I’ve tried this year” and that is still true. A rich and textured wine with juicy stone fruit. 

Feeding a Crowd: 

Inexpensive oaked whites can be very hit or miss. But the Rioja Blanco offers just the right amount of oak to complement the ripe fruit notes. 

Pâté, Terrine or Rillettes

High acid and fruit concentration are important here to cut through the richness.

Classic Match:

Pinot noirs are a great option here, especially our new Californian option.

Feeling Adventurous: 

Whilst light reds pair well here, so do sweet wines. Get the best of both worlds with our Barbera Apassimento

Feeding a Crowd:

Mencia is often described as Spain’s Answer to Pinot Noir. Our Pepe Porter Mencia is fantastic here and only £12.50 a bottle.

Prefer a white:

Our classic Vouvray Sec is a brilliant match to cut through these rich dishes. 

Roast Turkey

The classic Christmas day main course is a funny one to match wine to, this is primarily because the main element (Turkey) is the least important part of the food match. All of the various accompaniments (roast potatoes, stuffing, pigs in blankets, gravy) push us towards a low tannin, but flavoursome red, or potentially a very flavoursome and full bodied white. Find out more in my “5 Wines for Christmas Turkey blog”.

Roast Beef

Full bodied and tannic wines appear softer and fruitier when enjoyed with salty dishes like roast beef and roast potatoes. This is a great opportunity to reach for a classic Bordeaux, a Shiraz or new world Cab Sauv. Find out more in my “7 great wines for Roast Beef” blog.

Nut Roast or Veggie Wellington

There are some big earthy flavours going on here so this is an opportunity to pair some slightly more savoury styles of wine.

A Classic Match:

We’ve some great Southern Rhone / Languedoc reds like our La Sommeliere Syrah and Mala Coste GSM

Feeling Adventurous: 

The nutty oxidised notes in our “Amfora” Orange wine will complement the flavours of the dish well. The wine has delicate tannins which deliver a grippy edge. 

Feeding a Crowd: 

Australia is well known for it’s GSM wines, modelled off the Rhone Valley in France. The Heilan Coo Shiraz / Mataro is a guaranteed crowd pleaser that will work perfectly here. 


Whilst I could write a whole blog on pairing each cheese to a different wine. Most of us are looking for one wine that is a great all rounder. 

Classic match:

I have two classic options. first is our 2017 LBV Port, great for a cheeseboard with lots of bold flavoured cheese. The other is a Sauternes, this stuff is nectar of the Gods and amazing with creamy softer cheeses. 

Feeling Adventurous:

For our Primitivo di Manduria Riserva, only the best fruit, from the best plots were selected. The grapes were hand-harvested once they had reached an advanced state of ripening. It will blow your mind.

Feeding a Crowd: 

Both our Barbera Apassimento and Big Buzz Grenache are soft, drinkable reds that will work well with a wide range of cheeses. 

For Specific wine & Cheese matches, Check out this Blog Post.

Christmas Pudding or Mince Pies

Pairing puddings and sweet wine is particularly difficult. So this year we’ve found one amazing all rounder. This fantastic Greek Sweet wine has complex notes of dried fruit, nuts and caramel. 

Check out our Christmas Collections

Need more help, just ask.

We know that no two families have the same Christmas Day. So if you’ve got some speicific food matches or pairing questions, fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

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