Make Your Christmas Dinner The Best Yet With These Wine Pairing Tips

by Marc Venverloo
7 December 2021

Christmas Dinner Menu

Christmas menu

Oysters or other Seafood

oysters with shallots sauce

With Oysters or other seafood the best pairing comes from a dry and crisp white wine, Muscadet is one of my favourites or a flinty Chablis also goes perfectly well, the wine’s dryness will cut through the flesh of the oyster like a lemon would, so I would recommend not to use lemon but stick to these dry white wines.

Domaine des Hautes Noelles, Les Parcelles 2019, Muscadet cote de Grandlieu white

Domaine des Hautes Noelles, Les Parcelles 2019, Muscadet cote de Grandlieu white

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Foie Gras or Liver paté

Terrine of liver pate

Foie gras is best paired with a wine that has a citrusy structure but with some notes of honey. The sweetness of the Gewurztraminer will enhance the foie gras perfectly, or the other option is to go for some bubbles from Champagne, their toasted brioche notes will be a very good match. Both are widely recommended pairings.

Michel Marcoult, Champagne brut rosé NV

Michel Marcoult, Champagne brut rosé NV

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Smoked Salmon

smoked salmon

Smoked salmon requires a white wine that’s not too rich because the fish itself is already very rich yet extremely delicate. So the best match comes from the Loire Valley according to me and I would go for a Sauvignon blanc from Reuilly, it is dry but has a nice fruitiness to it. The second option would be a Chenin but a bubbly one from Vouvray, a Sparkling wine makes it nice and festive and the pairing works perfectly well

Vincent Careme, Vouvray brut bio NV, Loire Valley, Chenin

Vincent Careme, Vouvray brut bio 2019

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

The beef wellington can handle a red wine with a lot of character, high tannins on a dish like this are always a perfect match. So I would go for a Bordeaux like our Cadillac that can easily go with this strongly flavoured dish, the dish will make the tannins soft and gentle, the second option would be a full-bodied Rhone valley wine from Vacqueras, this wine needs something like a beef wellington to express itself to its highest level.

You won’t be disappointed by these 2 pairings I can guarantee

Château Brethous, classic 2015, Cadillac, Bordeaux, Merlot

Château Brethous, classic 2016, Cadillac

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Turkey

Christmas turkey being cut with 2 glasses of champagne

A roast Turkey has 2 perfect pairings possible, 1 white and 1 with red wine. For white wine you need a rich and complex Chardonnay, preferably from Burgundy because of its amazing terroir. We propose a Pouilly-Fuissé, the rich and elegant wine with a buttery finish that will make your Turkey melt in your mouth. But if you decide on a red wine try to stay in the fruity and light grape varieties like Pinot noir, we would suggest a Maranges 1er cru another option would be a Gamay from Beaujolais.

Vincent Bachelet, La Fuissière 2018, Maranges 1er Cru, Pinot Noir, Burgundy

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Stilton

Blue Cheese with a glass of red wine

Blue cheese has the particularity to enjoy a sweet wine pairing or a very fruity red wine. If you try the Gewurztraminer with the stilton you will understand how the saltiness of the cheese pairs amazingly well with the sweetness of the wine, it is a classic in wine pairing.  For those who prefer a red , I would recommend a  Grenache grape variety within the blend, it could be a Chateauneuf du pape from Domaine Duseigneur, both will do the job perfectly.

Domaine J Gsell, Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2015, Alsace Grand Cru white

Domaine J Gsell, Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2015, Alsace Grand Cru

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Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding will either need a sweet wine or Sparkling wine. The bubbles will give you a festive feel and always goes well with Christmas pudding. Or the other match is a sweet and rich wine from Alsace like the Vendanges Tardives gewurztraminer, both will make your dessert perfect.

Domaine J Gsell, Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2015, Alsace Grand Cru white

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Michel Marcoult, Champagne brut rosé NV

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