Choosing what wines to drink with your Christmas meal can be a daunting task and choosing what to drink in the days leading up to the big celebration is often overlooked. We’re happy to curate our dinner and drinks menus for the big family dinner but it’s easy to forget about the celebrations we have prior and post-Christmas Day. Drinks and get-togethers with friends, colleagues and loved ones we don’t see often deserve just as much recognition and cause for celebration. Besides, who doesn’t love an additional reason to pop open the bubbly and clink glasses.

If you are looking to prolong that Christmas feeling, Fair Director at Spirit of Christmas Fair, Mary Claire Boyd recommends really focusing on the little get-togethers leading up to Christmas Day. Spending time with loved ones by hosting or attending small dinner parties can be a beautiful way to keep the festive feeling going. For this, she recommends upping your wine game. Whether it’s for a gift or to open and share with friends, one can never go wrong with a good bottle of wine.

Mary shares her top 5 suggestions for the best wines for Christmas, available at this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair.

Best wines for Christmas

NV Classic Cuvee, Nyetimber

Perhaps the UK’s best-known sparkling wine, Nyetimber was established in the late 80s. A brilliant wine in its own right and more than a match for top Champagne.

Pair it with: Oysters (preferably native)

Available to purchase from MARLO, exhibitor at this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair.

2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vau De Vey, Jeremy Arnaud

Jeremy Arnaud is one of Chablis’ rising stars. His delicious 2018 1er Cru Vau de Vay is taut, mineral and intense with a fine bead of saline acidity. Very impressive indeed from this name to watch.

Pair it with: Grilled garlic prawns

Available to purchase from MARLO, exhibitor at this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair.

La Tordera – Gabry

It has a bright rose colour with a hint of orange, a fruity but spicy fragrance and a taste that’s slightly sweet and nicely acidic, an all-round refreshing experience.

Pair it with: Cheese platter

Available to purchase from Shawbury Wine, exhibitor at this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair.

Scarile Mereni – Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet Sauvignon is full of red fruity flavours along with a smoothness that makes for a great tasting experience.

Pair it with: Garlic butter portobello mushrooms

Available to purchase from Shawbury Wine, exhibitor at this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair.

2017 Château Haut Sarthes – Montravel Blanc

Crisp, elegant, fruity & refreshing, you can never go wrong with a classic white Bordeaux.

Pair it with: Asparagus Risotto

Available to purchase from Charles Mitchell Wines Ltd, exhibitor at this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair.

Looking for more? All products and companies mentioned can be found at Spirit of Christmas Fair, which returns to Olympia London from 31st October – 6th November.

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