The best bargain wines for Christmas

Melanie Whitehouse / 05 December 2018

Discover wonderful wines to drink with turkey, Christmas pudding and cheese, and the best budget bubbles around

Majestic Wine has spent more than 30 years making sure customers will go home with wines they will love.

Their head of buying, Cat Lomax, has come up with some top tips for pairing the right wine with the right food this Christmas. 

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What wine to drink with your Christmas dinner

Look for Champagne alternatives You no longer have to shell out for Champagne to get quality fizz. Cava keeps getting better and French Champagne-style crémant is guaranteed great value.

Crisp whites like Sauvignon Blanc or Chablis, make brilliant apéritifs –  flavourful but fresh, they’re not just perfect on their own, they also have the acidity to match your classic smoked salmon canapes.

Christmas dinner on a budget

Rich whites and elegant red to match the main event It simply isn’t Christmas without turkey. So make sure you pair its weight, but lack of fat, with a full-bodied white or elegant red.

Cheese boards don’t just need reds As tannins can overwhelm many cheeses, white wines are more versatile. Try a glass of Sancerre with goat’s cheese, or Gewürztraminer with something stinky.

Majestic's top picks

Fool a wine snob with the Bouvet, £9.99 (Mix Six), produced in Loire in the same way as Champagne. It's fresh, biscuity and perfect for toasts.

Wines from the Mâconnais offer the best value in Burgundy. Rounded with plenty of rich citrus, Maréchaudes, £8.99 (Mix Six), will work wonders with your festive turkey.

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Blue cheese is the best part of any Christmas cheese board, and the Château La Rame, £12.99 (Mix Six), is a delicious match with luxurious vanilla and peach flavours.

From the bountiful sunshine of Southern France, Lâchez Vous!, £8.99 (Mix Six), is loaded with blueberry and thyme notes that’ll warm the coldest of Christmas Days.

More great supermarket wine bargains

Sainsbury's best buys

• Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cremant de Loire, £11, is another great alternative to Champagne. This elegant sparkler is rich on the palate with delicate pear and apple flavours to finish.

• Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Lisboa, £7, is a bold red with notes of red and black fruits and a spicy depth.

Waitrose best buy

• Pimp your prosecco with a dash of Waitrose British Cassis, £19.99 – 25ml is enough – made from blackcurrants grown in Herefordshire. It got 3 stars at the Great Taste Awards! 

Lidl best buys

• Lidl Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra from Australia, £6.99, is a bright wine that's perfect for pairing with any roast.

• To compliment chicken, try Lidl's fresh Australian Chardonnay Coonawarra, £5.79, with its honeyed fruit and notes of spicy oak.

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Tesco best buy

• Cheat the tastebuds with sparkling Tesco Finest Franciacorta, £15. Produced in the north of Italy in the same way as Champagne, this is a fresh, lemony fizz suitable for every Christmas feast.

Iceland best buys

• Iceland Colossal Reserva, £7, is powerful, smooth and oaky with notes of vanilla and inky black fruit – and it has won 10 Gold medals, too.

• Iceland Doubtful Sound New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, £7, is intense and fruity, with tastes of gooseberry, citrus fruit and guava. It also won a Silver in The Drinks Business Masters awards.

Marks & Spencer best buy

• Marks & Spencer Macon Villages 2016, £10, is a beautifully balanced dry white wine with luscious flavours and scents of fresh apple, lemon zest and a hint of white peach – the ideal match for Christmas day turkey.

Aldi best buys

• Cut through the saltiness of gammon with a tangy, apple-y wine. Limestone German Riesling 2017, £8.99, Aldi.

• Treat yourself to Aldi Sumptously Rich Pudding Wine, £8.99 – this Aussie Muscat is packed full of plum, spice, raisin and fig flavours to go.

Needs some inspiration for your festive feasts? Visit our Christmas recipe hub

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