With an unashamed focus on Christmas this month, and specifically Christmas Day, here are just a few of our suggestions for Christmas Day drinking. We’ve got plenty more ideas so do pop in.
At Chez Prohibition, our Christmas morning starts with something fizzy (once sufficient quantities of tea have been consumed). We have some wonderful Champagnes of course but if you fancy something a little lighter than Champagne, both in terms of richness and price, Bianca Vigna Prosecco (£15.95) fits the bill. Delicate, frothy and with bags of white fruit, no wonder Decanter Magazine gave it 91 points out of 100 earlier this year. Also available in pink.
When the bubbles have died down and the pre-lunch stomach rumblings have started up, it’s time for a few almonds and their perfect match: a crisp dry sherry – fino or manzanilla. Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa (£8.70 for a half bottle) works beautifully. If you happen to be enjoying a fishy Christmas, it also makes a great partner for seafood.
Once the spuds are peeled and the sprouts are sorted, if you fancy something light to sip how about a Rosehip Cup and soda? It makes for a long drink with a slight boozy lift. Sacred Spirits Rosehip Cup (£29.95) is Ian Hart’s latest additions to his Sacred Spirits range.
While early crackers are being pulled and discussions have started over whether to watch Doctor Who or record it for later, hatch your plans for future domination of the universe over a white Burgundy. Beautiful Burgundies don’t have to cost the earth – our Comte Lafon Macon Villages (£14.95) is a delicious example – it delivers freshness and a tight crisp core and it’s exhilarating with some wonderful textures and flavours. Great for savouring with the turkey or if you can’t wait that long, while it’s resting.
For the main event: turkey, goose and most things animal or otherwise (but probably not scrambled eggs) partner perfectly with Pinot Noir. Staying with Burgundy is always an option but this year I think we’ll plump for New World and enjoy a glass or two of De Loach Russian River Pinot Noir (£19.55). A Californian Pinot Noir of this quality really ought to command a higher price but this leaves us with change to spend on something to go with the Christmas Pudding.
Prohibition Wines, 34 Fortis Green Road, London N10 3HN – 020 8444 4804