Finding the best wines to serve during the festive season can be a slightly daunting task. Whether in need of delicious wines to pair with your carefully curated Christmas menu or stocking up the fridge for the many tastes of your household this Christmas and NY – Yealands Chief Winemaker, Natalie Christensen, is here to keep you from staring at the wine shelves at your local for too long.
A long time between drinks.
Spending quality time with friends and family is top of our list for Father Christmas this year. “I can’t wait to see everyone – this time of year is always such a wonderful time to reconnect. A great tipple to enjoy when having a good catch-up is Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 ($15.99/£11.00) it’s just the ticket. Recently named Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the New World Wine Awards 2021 and Sauvignon Blanc of the Year 2021 in Winestate Magazine – it’s fresh, crisp and wonderfully drinkable.” says Nat.
Nat’s currently obsessed with a homemade broad bean dip recipe which she’ll be enjoying whilst sipping a glass of Yealands Single Block L5 Sauvignon Blanc ($27.95/£15.95). Nat’s recipe: “Whizz together 250g of broad beans, 1 small clove of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, a handful of fresh mint leaves and salt and pep. Eat with your favourite dip accompaniment and a glass of sav. I chose this pairing as it’s quite like the dip, herbaceous and mineral.”
Turkey with all the trimmings just exudes Christmas, and Nat thinks it’s worth considering a Pinot Gris to accompany. “Turkey needs a beautifully rich textured wine - I’d go for Yealands Reserve Pinot Gris ($19.95) or the Yealands Reserve Gruner (£12.99) if you’re in the UK – both balance the oily richness whilst not dominating the turkey.”
If your family prefer roast beef or lamb on the festive menu, then our Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ($27.95/ £16.95) is worth a go. “With its’ silky tannins and dark red fruits, it works beautifully with roast lamb or beef drenched in delicious gravy – yum!” said Nat.
Whether mince pies, Christmas pudding or something a bit more Antipodean like pavlova or trifle, Nat’s go-to sweet wine is Yealands Single Vineyard Late Pick Riesling ($34.99/ £17.50).
For our NZ friends, all wines are available online.
For our other global friends please get in touch with us to find your local stockist.