Less than two weeks to go until the big day and we’ve got plenty of partying to cram in before then. It can often be more difficult to choose wines for Christmas parties than for the Christmas and New Year meals themselves. What are you going to drink with all manner of assorted canapés and how can you buy suitably gluggable wines to satisfy the crowd without breaking the bank?
At Food Wine Central, we’ve chosen three versatile favourites for the festive season that will solve both problems. And if you happen to have any spare bottles after all the parties, we’ve some ideas on how to enjoy the leftovers with more substantial seasonal dishes.
Perle de Vigne Crémant de Bourgogne NV Louis Bouillot
This well-priced alternative to Champagne with an easy-drinking yet fresh style is a perfect party fizz. It will stand up to smoked fish, cheese-based canapés and even spicy thai nibbles. Take care – your friends will lap it up. It slips down very easily. If there is any left, enjoy it with a cold fish starter on Christmas Day. Majestic £11.99 or £9.99 when you buy two bottles.
Falanghina Beneventano IGT 2011
Fancy a change from the good old Pinot Grigio? Then why not try this crisp Italian white from near Naples. Lots of ripe pear fruit and a slight nuttiness make it great with spicy fish or chicken bites, olives and salted almonds. Afterwards, you could pair it with smoked salmon or turkey leftovers. Superb value. Marks & Spencer £5.99
Saumur Rouge Les Nivières 2011
A light-medium bodied, juicy red from the Loire which is ideal for Christmas parties as it works with a whole host of canapés particularly those involving soft cheese, mushrooms or charcuterie. Sausage rolls have met their match with this one. It will benefit from being served ever-so-slightly chilled just like your guests will be by the end of the evening! After the party, try this very versatile red with the Boxing Day ham, pâté or even roast pheasant. Waitrose £7.99
Cheers and let us know how you get on!