Which wines to pair with my Christmas meal?
Updated: Dec 2, 2022
Discover our advice on the best food and wine pairing for your Christmas meals! The holidays are fast approaching, and it's not always easy to choose the right wines for your meals. Find here all our advices of great wines according to your favorite dishes, appetizers and desserts for the holidays! We wish you a pleasant New Year's Eve and the best possible year 2023! (In advance)
BEST WINES TO ACCOMPANY YOUR APERITIF
Let's start with the aperitif. This is a crucial moment of your evening, because the best way to perfect your tasting is to give your palate a certain order. The perfect agreement for the aperitif during your festive meals is to choose above all the bubbles! A good champagne will be your best ally! It is festive, traditional, and it will wake up your taste buds! But not only! We will also advise you white and red wines according to your aperitifs:
WHICH WINES FOR CAVIAR?
A brilliant and luxurious dish, often associated with highly alcoholic drinks, such as vodka, which brings out the iodized flavors of caviar. You can also go for great Champagne. Our advice for choosing Champagne :
WHICH WINES FOR FOIE GRAS ?
Some people think that foie gras must be paired with a sweet white wine or another sweet wine. The problem is that your taste buds are likely to be overloaded. Thus, you will have many divine flavours that will clash in your mouth, and the risk is that you will not appreciate these dishes at their true value. We recommend choosing a tannic red wine such as a powerful one like a Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Chante Cigale - 358 HKD
2020 Saint Julien - Domaine Durand - 330 HKD
2020 Côte du Rhône - Chantepierre - 200 HKD
WHICH WINES FOR SMOKED SALMON ?
Salmon will be very often present at festive meals! A quality choice for a successful meal. It is also a fatty dish, so you should choose a wine to compensate for its fatty side. Favor a dry white wine with little acidity. Burgundy will do perfectly at this stage of the meal:
2018 St Romain - Doreau - 389 HKD
2018 Mersault - Doreau - 495 HKD
2020 Ladoix 1er Cru - Maratray Dubreuil - 390 HKD
BEST WINES TO ACCOMPANY YOUR APPETIZERS
Then the starter makes its entrance. We will continue with a dry white wine, to be served chilled. It will perfectly accompany your starters, it will merge with your oysters, it will make you feel all the sweetness of your scampi. This winning result can only work, if of course the choice of products is winning too!
WHICH WINES FOR OYSTERS ?
Knowing that oysters are present at almost every festive meal, we suggest you some bottles that will perfectly match their iodized side. A dry white wine from Bordeaux or Alsace, or a champagne, will go wonderfully well with your oysters, here is the selection:
2020 Saint Véran - Chardigny - 250 HKD
2020 Mâcon Chaintré - Berthier - 180 HKD
2018 Rully 1er Cru - Prosper Maufoux - 510 HKD
WHICH WINES FOR CRAB, LOBSTER, LANGOUSTINES ?
When the good crab, the master lobster, the tasty spiny lobster and the divine langoustines arrive, let's look for the aromas! Their texture, so particular, so fine, deserves to be associated with a white wine having character and very aromatic:
2020 Chorey Les Beaunes - Arnoux - 315 HKD
WHICH WINES FOR DUCK AND PIGEON ?
To enjoy your duck or pigeon at its best, we advise you to opt for a red wine, powerful and spicy, smoky and tannic.
2017 Pommard - Domaine Doreau - 625 HKD
2019 Mercurey 1er Cru - Meix Foulot - 540 HKD
WHICH WINES FOR BEEF ?
Christmas beef is tender and juicy. Red wines with their tannins, especially when young, go perfectly with the blood of the beef. Ideally choose powerful wines such as:
2018 Vosnes Romanée 1er Cru - Poulette - 1100 HKD
2018 Rully - Prosper Maufoux - 375 HKD