A very Berry Christmas!

In this week’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly pairs the drinks for festive recipes from Mary Berry’s new book ‘Cook & Share’.

Star Almond Mince Pies

Olly’s wine pairing: Fortnum’s Mince Pie & Marmalade Gin Liqueur (27%, 50cl) £35, fortnumandmason.com

A rare splash-out treat like this can also be a generous Christmas gift. With mince pies, this gin liqueur amplifies the dried fruit flavours and is also lovely to pour into a festive after-dinner coffee.

Salmon en Croute with spinach and dill

Olly’s wine pairing: Asda Extra Special Fiano 2021 (12.5%) £6

For salmon en croûte you need good texture as well as freshness in your vino, and this Italian Fiano has a sumptuous peachy flavour with real finesse. It’s a bright and beautiful bargain.

Tiramisu Red Fruit Trifle

Olly’s wine pairing: Moscato d’Asti DOCG Fratelli Antonio e Raimondo 2021 (5%) £ 12.25, corneyandbarrow.com

A scented, honey-like fizz is spot on for a fruity finale like this trifle. A touch floral and glorious served chilled in flutes, this sweet treat makes an occasion of the meal’s last moment.

Celery, blue cheese and sage risotto

Olly’s wine pairing: Castellore Grillo 2021 (12.5%) £6.49, Aldi

With a subtle lemon blossom scent and impressively clean definition, this grillo will freshen the palate. And it’s a bit of a steal at this price, too!  

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine in Saturday 3rd December 2022.

Read the full column and get the full lip smacking recipes HERE.

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