Drink me Hamish Anderson A white Christmas
White wine often takes a back seat at Christmas; if something refreshing is required, it’s likely to have bubbles in it. We have conditioned ourselves to think of white as crisp, aperitif material, rather than something that can hold centre stage. Yet there are full-bodied bottles that shine with food. Certainly, no one wants to waste energy on meticulously matching food and wine at Christmas – it’s a time to drink something lovely with friends and family. But consider the turkey, gravy, Brussels sprouts, bacon, stuffing, cranberries and bread sauce, and you have maelstrom of flavours. An all-rounder is needed and white is better placed than red. Richer ones’ intensity comes at a price, so don’t dampen their flavour by over-chilling; 10-12C is better and if in doubt, the label often gives advice. They will develop with exposure to air, so do decant – particularly younger wines, whose nuances need coaxing out. Here are three with enough density to grace your festive table.