Make sure you’ve got your Christmas wine ready soon, and it’s one less thing to think about as we get closer to the day.
It’s worth thinking about wines for the days around Christmas too – what will you be drinking with your cold cuts and turkey curry?
Some highlights in the line up of 20 white wines below include a ‘great expression’ of white Rioja, a creamy Stellenbosch Chenin that works as a Chardonnay alternative and a Muscadet that is a ‘steal’ at £5.99.
Tips for choosing a white wine for Christmas
- A full bodied Chardonnay can be a good choice alongside a traditional turkey dinner (and especially the bread sauce!). Look to Burgundy and California for good examples with some oak ageing. Chenin Blanc is another good alternative.
- Opt for something with good acidity – especially if going for a fattier option like goose. Fiona Beckett suggests a spätlese Riesling in her guide to choosing Christmas wines. Pinot Gris is also worth exploring.
- Get the serving temperature right (that’s right, a white wine can be too cold, especially fuller bodied styles). Light bodied whites should be around 5-8°C (41-47°F); Medium bodied whites or aromatic whites at 10-12°C (50-61°F) and full bodied whites served at 10-14°C (50-57°F).