It’s the most wonderful time of the year for enjoying the company of family and friends, treating them to presents and getting together over a traditional turkey roast. But after planning the perfect family menu, it makes sense to spread some festive cheer, too – and we’re not talking about the jokes in the crackers or a Christmas karaoke.
Choosing the right wine to go with each dish will enhance the flavours and put the sparkle into Christmas lunch or dinner. But it can be tricky to know which wines to pick, especially to go with turkey, with its delicate flavour.
Luckily, Fran Winchester, from Chipping Norton’s Midcounties Co-op store, is on hand to share her secrets for creating the most sensational seasonal pairings. And Midcounties Co-op has a wine to suit every taste and budget so you can get stocking up in time for Christmas.
Fran, who has worked in the store for 23 years, and is a graduate of the Co-op’s wine course, loves using her expert knowledge to hand-pick wines to go with menus.
‘Customers can get confused by the array of wine on offer and need help choosing one to bring out the flavours of the food they’re preparing,’ Fran says.
Turkey has a low fat content so goes well with either a medium-bodied red or a full-bodied white. Fran says, ‘I would recommend Clos Montalbanie, £8.99, a crisp-tasting French wine with flavours of red berry fruits.’
With prawn cocktail – our retro starter (see here) – Fran would have ‘the Cune white Rioja, £9.99, a great alternative to a white burgundy and ideal with fish.’
A white burgundy is perfect to drink with vegetables and all the trimmings. ‘I’d recommend Macon Villages Cave de Lugny, £8.99, a clean, crisp French wine with hints of lemon and citrus,’ Fran says.
No dinner is complete without pudding. ‘For those with a sweet tooth, I’d go for Chateau Roumieu Sauternes, £10.99, a French dessert wine,’ Fran says. ‘It’s delicious.’