Christmas white wine choices: Five wines under £10 and five wines over £10

christmas white wine choices

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.  

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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.

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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.

FIRST PUBLISHED IN OVER 30 TRINITY MIRROR REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS INCLUDING:

Hull Daily Mail – Leicester Mercury – Cambridge News –
Liverpool Echo – South Wales Echo – Daily Post Wales
– Huddersfield Examiner – The Chronicle, Newcastle 
– Teesside Gazette – Birmingham Mail –
Coventry Telegraph  – Paisley Daily Express 

Christmas white wine to chink as you open the pressies (or just because you neeeeed)

Limestone Rise English Christmas white wine

I can’t wait for Christmas Day and my first glass of white! Here’s a Christmas white wine selection to suit all pockets which you can pour as the family arrives, right through to Dad sneaking the last roast potato onto his plate.

Extra Special French Chardonnay (13.5% abv, £5, ASDA) This Languedoc  chardonnay is lightly oaked which brings some creaminess to the apple and citrus flavours, but don’t worry it’s not one of those in-your-face oaky assaults. It’s easy drinking but has enough personality to sit happily next to a plate of turkey and sprouts.
Christmas white wine factor: Pour a glass when you’ve finished the shopping

Limestone Rise (11% abv, £7.99 The Co-op) This is an English white from the Co-op, which 15 years ago was the first retailer to sell English wine before it became the “in thing”. This blend of bacchus and ortega grapes has sherbert, elderflower, a spring breeze and a really nice little bite of citrus and acidity.
Christmas white wine factor: Something different for the Christmas table

La Altelana Gavi di Gavi 2015 (11.5% abv, £7.99, Aldi) The label looks classy, take a bottle to a party and wow your hosts. Or save it for yourself and it’ll breeze through the prawns and be very happy with the turkey and crisp vegetables. It’s an Italian white with hints of green in the glass, with fresh lemon aromas and subtle minerality.
Christmas white wine factor: Refresh those taste buds after a long day eating

Fief des Pierres Blanches Quincy, 2015 (13.5 % abv, £8.99 Lidl) Mmmm … zesty! A great wine from the Loire Valley which is fresh and full of lemony aromas and tropical fruit flavours. If you’re a bit dulled from Santa’s Christmas Eve sherry this will really perk you up. Delicious.
Christmas white wine factor: Really fresh and great with seafood

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Chapel Down Bacchus (12% abv £9.99 from £12.99, Waitrose) Bacchus is the ancient Roman name for the classical god of wine. Who would have thought that my fascination with ancient history would have a nice link to my love of wine.  Bacchus is similar to sauvignon blanc – think grapefruit, elderflower and gooseberry with a zesty woosh alongside. The 2015 vintage won bronze at the Decanter awards.
Christmas white wine factor: How about English zing for the Boxing Day curry

Wm Morrison Chablis Premier Cru 2014 (13% abv, £15) Toast your Christmas Day guests with this terrific Chablis from Morrisons which has just won gold (again) at the latest International Wine Challenge awards. Chablis is perfect with a seafood starter as the vines grow on an ancient seabed. This wine has minerality, melon and grapefruit flavours, with a soft touch of vanilla.
Christmas white wine factor: An amazing white which always wins praise

Domaine de la Mandelière Robert Nicolle 2015 (12.5% abv,  £14.49 or £13.04 in a buy six deal at www.laithwaites.co.uk) This Chablis is from a small, family run estate on a ridge of limestone in the famous wine district. It is pale straw, with aromas of  crisp apple and a flash of citrus, which both appear on the palate with a signature wet stone minerality.
Christmas white wine factor: Poached salmon? Yes please

The Society’s Exhibition Pouilly-Fuissé 2014 (13% abv, £18, www.thewinesociety.com) Love, love, love! The Wine Society’s Exhibition wines aim to be the best examples of wine from a particular region – this one a classic Burgundian white.  This has bright citrus but with creaminess, cushioned by vanilla and an upright flash of minerality.
Christmas white wine factor:  Perfect with turkey and all the trimmings

Fess Parker, Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (14.2% abv, from £13.95 at The Wine Society and www.amathusdrinks.com) OMG. Which in this case stands for Orgasmic, Melony, Golden. This chardonnay is barrel-fermented, aged in French oak and it’s utter heaven. You could have it with your turkey. It’s full and rich enough to go with Christmas pud. But forget that. Sit. On your own. When the house is empty. And drink it with lashings of self-indulgence. Quality Street are made for sharing. This isn’t.
Christmas white wine factor:  It’s just a wow.

These wine reviews were first published in December 2016 in several regional UK newspapers including:

Liverpool Echo – South Wales Echo – Daily Post Wales – Huddersfield Examiner – The Chronicle, Newcastle – Teesside Evening Gazette – Birmingham  Mail – Coventry Telegraph – Paisley Daily Express