There's under a week to go, everyone's busy and there's little to no time to shop around for wines to drink over Christmas. Supermarkets offer the convenience of an extensive selection under one roof, but navigating so many choices can bring its own issues. That’s why we asked Lydia Harrison of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust for some pointers.
“I’ve recently become a Master of Wine so I’ll still be celebrating with plenty of Champagne throughout the day. I’m generally quite traditional at Christmas but I’ve just come back from a study trip to Chile and have been converted to the Pisco Sour cocktail, so I’ll definitely be mixing a few of those as well.”
When it comes to storing and serving your wine, Lydia says preparation is key. “At this time of year, red wine should be served at room temperature. At the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, we classify 18ºC as room temperature but a lot of households are warmer than this. If this is the case, cool your wine for a few minutes outside before serving. Whatever you do, don't warm your wine on the cooker or radiator as this will overheat it and make the alcohol seem much more potent.”
If you end up with anything left over, consider the following: “Most young, fruity wines will keep for three to four days, as long as you pump out the air before recorking the bottle and storing in the fridge. Older, more mature and delicate wines deteriorate quickly, so it’s best to drink them within two days.”
Below, Lydia gives us her tips for food pairings. We also spoke to the supermarkets, who gave their recommendations as well as some alternative suggestions of what to have when. So whether you prefer red or white with your turkey, fizz or port with your afternoon tea, we’ve got you covered.