Festive Wines #3

Festive Wines #3

We have definitely saved the best for last in our series of Christmas blogs, as we cover some of our favourite wines to enjoy with festive puddings!

For those of you yet to purchase any wine for over the festive period please get in touch, depending on your location we would hope to have it with you by Christmas Eve.

Richard: Christmas Pudding

The ideal wines to partner traditional Christmas pudding should be full bodied red wines with lots of sweet spice, such as cinnamon and clove, or a spicy dessert wine. If you prefer something a little richer, opt for an aged Tawny Port.

LBV 2011 Fonseca Port - £20.90

Lewis: Chocolate

Chocolate desserts have the tendency to smother many wines, due to their extreme sweetness and mouth-coating texture. To avoid this, choose a wine that has at least as much sweetness as the pudding, as well as being full of flavour to match the chocolate.

Personally, I think a sweet red wine is the best option, although a sweet white such as a Muscat de Beaumes Venise may also provide a delicious match.

Maury 50cl 2013, Domaine Lafage - £13.75
Muscat de Beaume de Venise 50cl, Chateau Pesquie 2013 - £14.75

Philippe: Fruit based puddings

The majority of fruit-based puddings are less sweet than other popular festive desserts, while many also possess high levels of acidity.

These characteristics can be matched perfectly by a sweet wine from the Loire valley, such as our wonderful Côteaux du Layon from Domaine Vincent Ogereau.

A personal favourite of mine at this time of year is Tarte Tatin. The high acidity of the apples and sweetness of the caramel component are delicious when paired with a glass or two of Sauternes.

Côteaux du Layon St. Lambert Domaine Vincent Ogereau 2013 - £19.10
Château Filhot, 2009 (Half bottle) - £22

In the lead up to Christmas, the l’Art du Vin team would like to spread a little festive cheer. In order to do so, we would like to offer all our customers 10% off your total bill when you buy through our website. To take advantage of this offer, which will run until the 24th of December, you simply need to enter the discount code XMAS2015 when prompted as you complete your purchase.

Also, a further reminder for those of you who would rather browse our range physically, our pop-up Christmas shop is now open in our warehouse in Charlestown, near Dunfermline. Please feel free to pop-in at any stage from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any specific food and wine matching requests then please do not hesitate to give our office a call on 01383 873 510 and speak with one of our in-house experts.