Wines with turkey
Go big this Christmas – pick the best wine you can. Red Rioja is a classic pairing thanks to its mellow power and ability to handle a spectrum of flavours from rich gravy to fruity sauces. For a lighter, silky treat, Pinot Noir from New Zealand or sacred sites behind French Burgundy are both charming. With a spicy rub or marinade, US Zinfandel is a fruity depth charge, or South African Pinotage has surreptitious spiciness. For a full-throttle bottle, Italian Amarone is ace. A rich white can also be fabulous: oaky Chardonnay or, for value, a peachy Alsace Pinot Gris.
Specially Selected Alsace Pinot Gris 2020 (13%), £7.99, Aldi. Immense value for a plush peachy white that’s beyond delicious. Great for turkey curry, too.
Parcel Series Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 (13.5%), from £13.99, Majestic. Silky and scrumptious, this is beautiful wine with near perfection in its fruity frame.
The Best Amarone 2017 (14.5%), £16, Morrisons. Big as the Hulk’s biceps, this is a spicy wielder of joyful power.
L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage 2018 (14.5%), £28, wineandsomething.com. Opulent as a bejewelled cranberry, this Pinotage has sublime structure and class. Wine to wow.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Jerome Galeyrand Gevrey-Chambertin Billard 2017 (13%), £43, The Wine Society. Treat yourself to this terrific, youthful, succulent Pinot Noir with layers of dazzling complexity and scent. A classic.
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 19th December 2021