Sommelier reveals the PERFECT wine pairing for every course on Christmas Day – and they all cost less than £21

  • The supermarket wines to pair with all of your Christmas day dishes
  • Includes recommendations for breakfast, turkey, goose, beef and pudding  
  • Tesco’s Pinot Noir, £11, is perfect with turkey, and Asda’s £5 Rioja for a nut roast

If you’re hosting a big family gathering for Christmas Day but are feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to the wine, then this pairing guide might just be the solution. 

Sommelier Matt Day, of London, has shared a helpful list of supermarket wines that will compliment and enhance every course you serve – no matter what your budget. 

Among those suggested is Tesco’s Finest Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, £11, which is perfect with roast turkey while vegetarians can pair their nut roast with Asda’s Gran Colina Rioja for just £5. Meanwhile a £7.99 bottle of Lidl fizz is sure to kick off the day right. 

Here Matt, in-house sommelier at wine recommendation app Corkscrew, details his favourites for FEMAIL…  

Matt recommends pairing a sparkling whine such as Lidl’s Clairette de Die, available for £7.99 (above), with a smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast

While Matt advises that goose definitely needs a white wine such as Morrisons The Best Vouvray, £8.50 (left), he recommends pairing wine with a little bit of age to pair with beef like Morrisons The Best Rioja Grand Reserva, £12, above

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The rigours of Christmas day demand a sustaining breakfast that whets the appetite for the feast to come. Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon is a classic, but quite tricky to pair with wine. 

Eggs create a film over your taste buds and smoked salmon is oily (which clashes with certain wines) and very strongly flavoured – so a light, soft Prosecco would be destroyed. 

I find the best pairing for smoked fish is Fino sherry, but that may not be everyone’s cup of tea – especially in the morning. 

Sparkling wines will work as long as they are fresh (no mature vintage champagne), full-flavoured and high in acidity. This could be a case where a cheaper sparkling wine works better, but if you do insist on champagne go for a non-vintage rosé. 

Recommended Sparkling Wines:

  • Marques del Norte Cava Brut (£5.50 Asda) 
  • Aldi Exquisite Collection Crémant du Jura (£8.29 Aldi)
  • Lidl Clairette de Die (£7.99 Lidl) 
  • Adrien Chopin Champagne Brut (£17.99 Morrisons)
  • Sainsbury’s Brut Rosé Champagne (£19.99 Sainsbury’s)

Mulled wine

Good mulled wine is the cornerstone of any successful Christmas. 

Get it right and it has the power to transform the most miserable granny or irksome neighbour into the life and soul of the party. 

Contrary to popular belief, the quality of the wine does matter and warming, spicy wines are naturally suited to mulling. Southern France, Spain and southern Italy offer excellent value for money reds, oozing with bottled sunshine, which are soft and fruity and enjoyable mulled or straight from the bottle. 

Recommended Mulling Wines:

  • Torretta di Mondelli Nero d’Avola (£4.00 Sainsbury’s)
  • El Puente Tempranillo (£4.75 Morrisons)
  • Toro Loco Organic Red (£4.99 Aldi)
  • Lidl Costières de Nîmes Rhône (£6.49 Lidl)
  • Tesco Finest St. Chinian (£6.50 Tesco)

Recipe: Make your own mulled wine

Above, Lidl’s France Costieres de Nimes AOC Glonem Vignobles and Compagnie 2017 is £6.49 and recommended as a mulling wine

– Heat (don’t boil) red wine in a large pan with sugar to taste (roughly 3 tbsp. per bottle). 

– When the sugar has dissolved, squeeze in the juice of an orange, retaining the skins.  

 – Push cloves into the orange skins and add them to the pot with a couple of cinnamon sticks (or 2 tsp. powder) and a good grate of nutmeg.

– If you require a bit more kick (in case of especially difficult relatives) add a good slug of cognac, whisky or cherry brandy for extra richness. 

– Simmer for 20 minutes and serve


Good with turkey 

Turkey (white meat and darker leg meat) with all the trimmings (chipolatas, sprouts, roast potatoes, parsnips, cranberry sauce, spiced red cabbage) is such a clash of strong flavours and multiple proteins and carbohydrates that a perfect wine match is virtually impossible. 

White wine is probably a slightly better match that red, but ripe Pinot Noir from New Zealand and California or juicy Gamay from Beaujolais are a good choice. 

Whites should be rich and full-bodied – think Semillon from the Hunter Valley (Australia) and Bordeaux or oaked Chardonnay from Margaret River (Australia) or Burgundy or white Rioja. 

Recommended turkey wines: 

  •  Morrisons Beaujolais (£5.00 Morrisons)
  • Sainsbury’s, Taste the Difference Côtes Du Jura Chardonnay (£9.00 Sainsbury’s)
  • Aldi Lot Series Tasmanian Pinot Noir (£10.99 Aldi)
  •  Tesco Finest Yarra Valley Pinot Noir (£11.00 Tesco)
  • Château Tour Logan, Pessac-Léognan (£17.99 Waitrose)

Good with Goose

Matt recommends pairing Lidl’s Winemaker’s Selection Clare Valley Riesling, £6.99, with goose

Goose definitely needs a white wine rather than a red wine. Its richness can be countered beautifully by an off-dry white such as Riesling, a rich Pinot Gris from Alsace or a Chenin Blanc from the Loire.

 Recommended Goose Wines:

  • Lidl Winemaker’s Selection Clare Valley Riesling (£6.99 Lidl)
  • Aldi Exquisite Clare Valley Riesling (£6.99 Aldi)
  • Dr Loosen Riesling (£7.50 Sainsbury’s) 
  • Morrisons The Best Vouvray (£8.50 Morrisons)
  • Cave de Beblenheim Pinot Gris Reserve (£8.99 Waitrose)

Good with Beef

Roast beef has quite a subtle flavour that is all too easy to overpower. A medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from Bordeaux is great and a wine with a little bit of age such as a Rioja Reserva is even better.

Recommended Beef Wines: 

  • Aldi Hawke’s Bay Red (£6.99 Aldi)
  • Morrisons The Best Rioja Grand Reserva (£12.00 Morrisons)
  • Condado De Haza Ribera Del Duero (£13.50 Sainsbury’s) 
  • Christian Moueix Saint Emilion (£15.00 M&S)
  • Château Senejac Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois (£16.99 Coop)

Good with Nut Roast

Nut roast is a rich and savoury dish that works well with savoury, earthy reds or full-bodied oaky whites. Grenache based wines from the Rhone are a great choice and nutty, oaky white Rioja works extremely well.

Recommended Nut Roast Wines: 

  • Gran Colina Rioja (£5.00 Asda)
  • Cru Des Côtes Du Rhône Vinsobres (£8.00 Sainsbury’s)
  • Morrisons The Best Rioja Blanco Reserva (£13.00 Morrisons)
  • Tesco Finest Gigondas (£14.00 Tesco)
  • Les Closiers Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£21.00 M&S)

Morrisons The Best Rioja Blanco Reserva, £12, is recommended with beef, while this £21 bottle of Les Closiers Châteauneuf-du-Pape from M&S will be the perfect pairing with a nut roast


Above, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry, £8

Christmas pudding is one of the most forgiving desserts and can be paired with many different styles of sweet wine. Nutty sweet Sherry or Madeira is a perfect match to the dried fruit and nuts of the pudding, but botrytised white wines like Sauternes or Tokaji are a classic and delicious choice. 

Recommended Christmas Pudding wines: 

  • Morrisons Oloroso Dry Sherry (£6.00 Morrisons)
  • Lidl Late Harvest Tokaji  (£6.99 Lidl)
  • Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry  (£8.00 Sainsbury’s)
  • Tesco Finest Sauternes  (£12.00 Tesco)
  • Blandy’s Duke of Clarence Rich Madeira  (£12.29 Waitrose)



Above, The Best LBV Port which costs £10.50 from Morrisons is the perfect after-dinner tipple

By this stage most people will have had their fill, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without Port and Stilton and the terrible headache that too much Port ensures. 

If you are serving a Vintage Port then it will be full of harmless sediment and will require decanting. This should be done a few hours before you intend to drink it. 

There are many convoluted ways to decant vintage Port, but unless you enjoy pantomime and bits of sediment then why not pass it through a fine sieve (a tea strainer is perfect). 

Tawny, Ruby and Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Ports don’t require decanting, though it is perfectly acceptable to pour them into your favourite cut glass decanter.

 Recommended Ports:

· Morrisons The Best LBV Port  (£10.50 Morrisons)

· Fonseca Reserve Ruby Port  (£13.99 Waitrose)

 · Graham’s Crusted Port  (£15.00 Sainsbury’s)

· Sainsbury’s Vintage Port, Taste the Difference  (£18.00 Sainsbury’s) 



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