Christmas Delight: The International Wine Challenge guide to festive food and wine pairing
Bring a little extra sparkle to your Christmas lunch with this IWC guide to medal winning vino
Christmas dinner is the most anticipated meal of the year, but if you are a bit clueless in the wine department, this handy festive food and wine pairing guide from the International Wine Challenge will ensure your guests are impressed on 25th December. All wines featured were awarded with Gold or Silver medals at Tranche One of IWC 2015 this month. Don’t be a turkey! Serve these corkers on Christmas day.
Kick off the festive feast with some bubbles. Perfect with canapés while your guests arrive
Marks & Spencer NV Prosecco is the first choice for affordable bubbles at just £10. This Silver medal winner is sure to get your guests in a party mood. Alternatively if you are looking for a Champagne which won’t break the bank, try Silver medal winning Les Pionniers Vintage Champagne 2006 (£24.99) available at The Co-operative.
Elegant whites are great with a light starter
If you are a serving smoked salmon starter, pair it with Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chablis 2013 (£10.00), which picked up a Silver medal. Alternatively, head to Waitrose and pick up O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2008 (£9.99). This Gold medal winner would also be great with oriental-themed starters such chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce.
Whatever you are serving for the main event, there is an IWC medal winner for you:
If you are going with a traditional turkey, white wine fans will love the Gold medal winning Tre Fiori Greco di Tuto 2013 (£10.99 Waitrose). Alternatively, a rich red such as Tim Adams Shiraz 2012 (£12.99 www.tesco.com) will be just tremendous with turkey.
Serving a festive feast of goose? Marks & Spencer Château de Chamboureau Savennières 2009 (£16.00) struck Gold at the competition and is a great white wine to serve alongside goose. For red wine enthusiasts crack open a bottle of Silver medal winning Tesco finest* Vina Mara Rioja Reserva 2009 (£9.49)
Finish your festive feast off with one of these sweet delights
If a Chocolate Yule Log is the final act of your festive feast, pair it with Marks & Spencer Royal Palace Colheita Single Harvest Port 2001(£25). This rich port struck Gold at the competition and goes perfectly with a rich chocolate dessert. Or if you’ve blown your budget, pick up the Morrisons Signature Pedro Ximénez NV. This Silver medal winner is an absolutely steal at just £5.99.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Christmas dinner is always a foodie highlight of the year, and these results offer a selection of wines that will help you take it to the next level. You can find excellent wines to enhance each course of your festive feast, and some remarkable bargains. These medal winners are guaranteed to bring some extra cheer to your Christmas table.”
“The IWC medal stickers are there to help shoppers make smarter choices in the wine aisle. Every medal winner has been tasted by some of the best wine experts in the world, so consumers can instantly trust the quality of the wine. Any wine carrying the IWC seal of approval will deliver a little extra sparkle this Christmas.”
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com