Start the day with a brisk walk in the crisp winter sun or battle it out at the Boxing Day sales, no doubt the afternoon will then consist of snacking on leftovers and reclining at home.
Pair your cold meats and cheese with the sophisticated Sancerre Domaines Gilles Lesimple 2021– steely and precise with zesty citrus and apple flavours that lead into a long and flinty finish – this is particularly good with goat’s cheese. For red wine lovers, select Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano Vignamaggio 2020 as your Boxing Day choice. Refined and elegant, this boasts all the classic sour cherry and raspberry Chianti hallmarks combined with dried herbs and mocha nuances.
If you’re planning to enjoy a turkey curry, we have a wine for that too. For a recipe that leans towards a more zesty and fragrant style, Thanisch Estate Riesling Kabinett Weingut Dr H Thanisch is a magical Mosel white expressing fresh lime, green apple and lemon zest. Or match with Les Lys de Léon Pinot Noir 2022, a light and delightful sipper brimming with fresh hedgerow berry fruit and a touch of spice.
For a more creamy-styled curry, it’s back to Chardonnay with Cap au Sud Chardonnay Vin de France François Carillon 2021, made by legendary Puligny-Montrachet producers – the Carillon family – this southern French white is brimming with rich stone fruit character underpinned by lemony goodness and mineral layers complemented by vanilla and coconut notes.
When partnering with a rich and spicy curry dish, think Shiraz – Reunion Shiraz The Lane 2018 has a seductive black cherry core with lashings of sweet spices and chocolate undertones, a stylish Australian Shiraz from cooler Adelaide Hills.
Finally, for any leftover Christmas pudding or chocolates, you’ll need a drop or more of something sweet. Stick with a classic and savour Corney and Barrow Sauternes 2018, a vivacious little number that offers up quince and crème brûlée that is perfectly balanced by lemon tart acidity. If you’re seeking a more unusual pudding wine, enjoy Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest Joostenberg Estate 2021 as it boasts honeycomb and luscious pineapple combined with salinity and freshness.
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