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Looking for the Perfect Christmas Tipple?


Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time to fill up your wine rack ready for the celebrations, we have asked some of the UK’s leading wine journalists for their Christmas recommendations…

(Please click on the links to find your local stockist/retailer of each wine)

Super with your starter

Charles Metcalfe, author of ‘The Wine and Food Lovers Guide to Portugal’ and one of the UK’s best known wine critics recommends Quinta dos Carvalhais Encruzado as the perfect wine to kick off your Christmas day starter, it has good creaminess, it’s rich with a touch of oak, and it’s not too expensive.

Sarah Ahmed, the Wine Detective and Portuguese Wine Writer of the Year 2009, will be drinking these wines on Christmas day:

Quinta de Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2008 – this top Vinho Verde, the exciting outcome of a collaboration between Luis Cedeira and Dirk Niepoort of Niepoort, will be perfect with turbot and scallops.

Perfect with your Christmas Pudding

Bacalhôa, Moscatel de Sétubal 1998 will complement your Christmas pudding; it’s a fortified sweet wine from Sétubal, It has spicy, raisined character and aged in large oak barrels to obtain its vibrant colour.

Tell us what you will be drinking over the festive season, or what you recommend as the perfect wine to match with your Christmas day lunch…

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