2017 Christmas drinks guide

Posted on: 11 December 2017 by Eloise Craven-Todd

Raise a glass to the end of 2017 and toast with some of the best winter tipples this Christmas.



Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2016

Nanny Goat Pinot Noir (£19.99 Waitrose) offers fruit intensity with a gently spiced-chocolate finish that pairs perfectly with your turkey and a variety of side dishes.

Château Beaumont 2012, Haut-Médoc

This full-bodied, elegant, fruity wine (£13.99, Co-Operative) makes an excellent accompaniment for red meat, poultry, and cheese.

Meadowhawk old vines zinfandel

This fruit forward and flavourful wine (Aldi –selected stores only) with its blackberry and apple palate pairs well with a host of meat dishes.



Dawn Patrol Sauvignon Blanc

This wine (£9.99, Waitrose), which also pairs nicely with turkey, is fresh and elegant with mineral aromatics balanced with tropical fruits.

Exquisite collection sauvignon blanc

Bright, crisp and fresh, this delicious wine (£5.99, Aldi) promises flavours of green apples and gooseberries, fresh grassy aromas and lemony notes with licks of zesty lime.

Chateau St Jean de Graves

Zesty, fresh and appetising, this wine (£8.99, Waitrose) has a great structure with lovely citrus notes and hints of honey. It also makes a delicious apéritif. Try it with scallops, fish or creamy sauces. 



Lot Series Prosecco Superiore

This Prosecco (£9.99 Aldi) is elegant with aromas of apple, peach and acacia flowers. It's supple, creamy and full-bodied, with a beautifully long finish – perfect for an aperitif.

Brut Special Réserve Vintage 2005 Champagne

This vintage (£24.99 – Waitrose) has concentrated flavours of ripe berries and honeyed lemons, with a very fine mouthfeel and a long, complex finish. This is an excellent Champagne that provides an indulgent treat

Martini Asti

With lots of bubbles and flavours of honeysuckle, this sparkling wine (£9.00, Tesco) goes perfectly with Christmas desserts like panettone.



Graham's Malvedos Vintage Port

A fabulous way to end a lunch or dinner, Graham's 2004 Quinta dos Malvedos (£23, Sainsbury's) pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts, such as chocolate mousse, but it can also be enjoyed on its own

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat

Super-sweet and golden, this raised, honeyed wine (£12.99, Waitrose) made is made from 100% Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge and pairs beautifully with Christmas pudding.

Pink port

A wonderful pink port (£7.99, Aldi) with aromas of raspberry and floral notes of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavours. This port is best served slightly chilled as an aperitif or with dessert.



Nouaison gin

Complex, intense and spicy, this gin (£36.15, The Whisky Exchange) is an elegant alternative to traditional dry gin. With its bold 43.9% ABV and rich feel, it’s the definitive base for countless classic cocktails, such as the Negroni.

La Fleuriste French Gin

A beautifully floral gin (£19.99, Aldi) crafted from 17 carefully selected botanicals and spices. This gin is complex and elegant, with delicate notes of blossom closely followed by a citrus and juniper finish.

Kongsgaard Raw Gin

The carefully selected botanical line up, with apple and organic juniper botanicals, this gin (£49.99, Harvey Nichols) is inspired by the Nordic woods. 

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