I love a glass of white all year round but there’s nothing nicer than a glass of chilled white with a Christmas lunch seafood starter or to pour with your turkey curry. Here’s some Christmas white wine choices.
Christmas white wine choices under £10:
The Wine Atlas Cococciola (£5.48, Asda, 12.5% abv) This is a hard-to-pronounce grape but don’t let that put you off. This crisp, zesty, citrusy Italian white is super fresh and it’s light flavour would work well with a rich Christmas dinner or to relax on Christmas Eve. The pronunciation …? Co-co-chee-o-la apparently.
Laurana Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore (£6.99, Lidl, 13.5% abv) Lidl has some great white wines in store this Christmas and this one has been declared “outstanding” by its Masters of Wine team. It has subtle complexity with layers of citrus fruit, some herbs and a really nice zing.
Taste the Difference Côtes Du Rhône (£7, Sainsbury, 12.5% abv) An award-winning wine from grenache blanc, viognier, and roussanne grapes which combine to create a slightly creamy wine with notes of stone fruit and a zest for life. It’s a great price (and suitable for vegans).
Cune White Rioja (£8.99, the Co-op, 13% abv) If you’re having smoked salmon you won’t go far wrong with a drop of this more-ish Rioja. It’s a bit fruity with plenty of character, like Sid James in a Carry On film. There’s a creamy complexity to it and a hint of acidity on the finish.
Tesco finest* Passerina 2016 (£6.50, Tesco, 13% abv) This wine isn’t backward in coming forward with citrus notes and an underlying tropical treat with mandarin and peach. If you like sauvignon blanc and wines which make your mouth water, this is a good alternative. It can wake up your weary tastebuds on Boxing Day.
Christmas white wine choices over £10:
Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2017 (£10, Marks & Spencer, 13% abv) I love this wine from Argentina and it would love your turkey curry. It’s a veritable fruit hot pot of lemon, lime and grapefruit, with hints of honeysuckle and roses. Refreshing and delicious.
Chateau Souverain Chardonnay (£10.99, Waitrose, 13.9% abv) Good chardonnays can have depth and honey flavour but not to the point where it’s like drinking a pot of Tate and Lyle Golden Syrup. This one gets the balance spot on. The honey is there, so too a hint of marigold (the flower, not the rubber glove) and a smear or two of good butter. Enough muscle to tackle the turkey.
Generations Riesling Feinherb 2016 Axel Pauly (£14.99, valvonacrolla.co.uk, 11% abv) Axel Pauly is one of the rising stars of German wine and he has created a wine ripe with apples, crisp with good acidity and a delightful fruity finish. It will be great for a Boxing Day curry or Christmas Day seafood.
Bourgogne Blanc Domaine Bachey-Legros (£15, winetrust100.co.uk, 13.5% abv) is a classic Burgundy from chardonnay grapes with vanilla, honey, butter, apples and stone fruit. It has a creamy note which makes it ideal to pair with a crab mousse or that classic starter prawn cocktail.
McHenry Hohnen Amigo White 2012 (£15.99, winedirect.co.uk, 13.5% abv) This Australian wine is a wow with salmon. It is a blend of chardonnay, marsanne and roussanne and wants you to sit up and notice it; which I did. It has notes of peaches, nuts and waxy lemons with a heartbeat of minerality.
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