For many, Christmas lunch is all about indulgence. Rich, hearty dishes paired with equally full-bodied wines. But with so many different flavours and textures on the table, it can be hard to know which wines will best complement your meal. To help you out, here are five perfect food and wine pairings for a Christmas lunch.
Roast turkey and white Burgundy: This classic pairing is all about balance. The rich, fatty turkey needs a wine that can stand up to its weight, but not overpower the delicate flavor of the meat. A white Burgundy has the perfect balance of acidity and body to do the job. Just make sure you choose a good quality one – after all, this is Christmas!
Pork roast and Barbera: Another great classic pairing, this time between an Italian classic and an Italian red wine. The Barbera’s high acidity helps to cut through the richness of the pork, while its fruity flavours complement the dish perfectly.
Vegetarian Wellington and Riesling: For any vegetarians at your Christmas lunch table, this pairing is sure to please. The Riesling’s acidity will contrast nicely with the richness of the pastry, while its aromatic flavours will complement the filling perfectly. Trust us – even meat-eaters will be impressed!
Christmas pudding and sweet wine: No Christmas lunch would be complete without a festive dessert, and what better way to enjoy it than with a glass of sweet wine? Whether you choose a Ports or a Sauternes, make sure you pour yourself a generous glass – you deserve it after all that cooking!