Handpicked IWC medalled wine to pair with Christmas dinner
What other day of the year can we justify Champagne breakfasts, followed by more wine, finishing the day (or afternoon!) with Port? Lots of different festive food means finding drinks that will go with each of them. Here’s a brief guide to festive food and wine matching, from the breakfast pop to the cheeseboard at the end of dinner. A guide to Christmas wine.
We were asked by Tesco to try some of their wines to help celebrate Tesco wines being awarded 70 medals and 29 commendations in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) Tranche 1 2020.
The Tesco medal haul includes two of the competition’s coveted gold medals for Tesco Finest Late Bottled Vintage Port 2014 and Tesco Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018, both of which secured a score of 95 points from the expert tasting panel.
The 24 silver medal-winning wines included Tesco Finest Margaux 2016, which earned the joint highest score for a Bordeaux in this tranche of the competition (93 points), Tesco Finest Barossa Shiraz 2017 (92 points) and Tesco Finest Saint-Mont 2017 (91 points).
Start the celebrations with Tesco Finest Vintage Champagne 2012, 12.5% abv, £26, (Vegan)
Made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes grown on Grand Cru sites. The 2012 vintage was noted by Decanter.com as excellent for producing grapes that were rich and ripe. IWC 2020 Silver.
Alongside the roast turkey, pick Tesco Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018, 13.5% abv, £13. This Pinot Noir from the experts at Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most-awarded winery, has a concentration of juicy red fruit aroma with subtle spicy notes and a smooth finish. IWC Gold Medal 2020.
To pair alongside beef, try the Tesco Finest Barossa Shiraz 2017, 14% abv, £10 (Vegan)
A full-bodied and rich warming Australian red with plum, cherry and blackcurrant flavours. IWC 2020 Silver or Tesco Finest Margaux 2016, 12.5% abv, £22 After blending, the wine is aged for 14-18 months in French Oak barrels. A rich and ripe red. IWC Silver 2020.
Alongside the cheeseboard, Tesco Finest Saint-Mont 2017, 12.5% abv, £6.50 (Vegan) This is a light, crisp dry white from South-West France has delicate flavours of citrus and white peaches. IWC 2020 Silver. Or if Port is more your choice, then try Tesco Finest Late Bottled Vintage Port 2014, 20% abv, £11. Notes of cassis, blackberry and dark chocolate. Perfect with your Christmas cheese board or a rich chocolate dessert. IWC Gold Medal Winner 2020
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Disclaimer: we received complimentary wine but Fred sez it’s not quite Pawsecco but the hoomans liked it so it must be good.