Jamie’s Fabulous Festive Pairings
You’ve lined up your menu, argued about who to invite, now all that’s left is to choose some vinous treats for the big day to enhance and heighten the Christmas culinary experience. Whether you’re a traditional turkey fan, or if you’re opting for something a little different this year, Jamie’s come up with these stonking suggestions, which he’s expertly matched with well-known festive recipes to truly elevate your Christmas Day. Most of these tremendous tipples can be purchased right here!
Now the only thing you need to worry about is having fun… Merry Christmas, One and All!
Mary Berry's Turkey Crown with Orange & Thyme
Discoverers: Santa Macarena Pinot Noir - £11.95
Bright, aromatic and fresh with subtle oak playing a supporting role. The emphasis is on delicious red fruit flavours, drinkability and enjoyment. A seriously cool Pinot!
Adventurers: Ca’Rugate ‘Bucciato’, Soave Classico - £23.95
A rich and savoury orange wine, with a complex and harmonious bouquet of delicate citrus aromas underpinned by peppery spice. Intense and elegant, with marked minerality and a long, fresh finish. The perfect turkey pairing.
Olive Magazine's Vegan Chestnut Squash and Sweet Potato Loaf
Discoverers: 'What about me?' Sauvignon Blanc - £11.95
A rich stylish Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are harvested by hand in the alluvial soil and sandy loam. This wine is bursting with lemon peel and apple flavours giving a beautiful zesty finish.
Adventurers: Colomba Bianca, Zibibbo - £10.95
Lifted notes of succulent white peach and dried apricot combine with soft floral aromatics of Seville orange and jasmine and finishing on a peppery note. The perfect accompaniment to this vegan dish.
Jamie Oliver's Porchetta Di Davida
Discoverers: Bonacchi, Chianti Classico - £10.95
Concentrated aromas of cherry fruit. Soft and medium-bodied with a smooth, fresh fruit palate, this goes perfectly with tender pork.
Adventurers: Thistledown ‘She’s Electric’ Grenache - £29.95
The aromatic, perfumed aromas on the nose lead to a delicate yet vibrant palate of spiced wild strawberry fruit, violets and cinnamon. Textured, enticing and delicious… a must-try for all wine fans!
BBC Good Food's Orange Stuffed Christmas Duck
Discoverers: Ventisquero Pinot Noir - £10.95
Deep ruby red with violet tones at the rim. The bouquet is elegant, predominated by fresh red berries, such as strawberries and raspberries, intermingled with soft spicy notes and a hint of vanilla contributed by the maturation in French oak. Perfect for pairing with duck.
Adventurers: Melville, Pinot Noir - £54.95
Red cherry, dried rose petal and cinnamon-spiced melon show on the unique and alluring nose in this bottling. The palate offers a complex blend of earth and fruit, combining sour cherry with wild thyme, red flowers and dried sage. You won’t be disappointed!
Sainsbury's Magazine's Salmon Wellington
Discoverers: Lake Chalice, Pinot Gris - £13.99
Aromas of freshly cut pear mingle with citrus undertones. The palate is beautifully balanced with layers of poached pear, honeycomb and a sweat pastry finish.
Adventurers: Alandes, Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon, Argentina - £21.00
With a nod to the finest white wines of Pessac-Léognan this is a texturally moreish, mineral, complex and well-balanced white with lovely weight and a touch of oak spice. The perfect accompaniment to salmon.