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SWA Christmas Menu 2020

Every year the Christmas festivities provide the perfect platform for us to showcase some of our award-winning wines. No matter what you’re eating this year, we’ve got you covered with the perfect food and wine pairing for a variety of different meals.

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The breakfast

Smoked salmon

Jordan, Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, California, USA (£32.00 House of Townend)

'This has it all - complexity and quality, with a lovely structure. Zingy, elegant and persistent.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'Very intense, rich and savoury.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Opening with notes of butter, lime yoghurt, vanilla and guava on the nose, the palate is fresh and juicy, with a lingering nutty finish. Great with a bouillabaisse.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

 

Baccalà Mantecato

Hunter's, Offshoot, Sauvignon Blanc Pet Nat 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand (£12.00 Jeroboams)

'Cloudy and very leesy, in quite an earthy, mineral style, with freshness and personality. This would be good as an aperitif for adventurous customers.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Crunchy apple and pear, along with apricot, lime and lemon, and notes of yoghurt from the unfiltered lees. This would be a lovely pairing with something like cod mantecato, Venetian-style. Great stuff.' Matteo Furlan, The Ritz London.

 

Avocado

Soligo, Prosecco Treviso, Extra Dry 2019 Veneto Italy (£8.60 Eurowines)

'This has a fruit-driven nose, with good acidity to balance the slightly sweeter palate, all leading to a good, lingering aftertaste that keeps the flavours coming.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'The fruit and character here are clean and pure, with pear and white peach aromas, and a good grapey character to the fruit too.' Charlie Young, team leader.

 

Want to see more sparkling wines? For a bonus festive list, we’ve picked out some delightful sparkling wines to help bid adieu to 2020.

 

The snacks

 

Sausage rolls

Stargazer, Rada, Pinot Meunier/Pinot Noir 2018, Tasmania, Australia (£26.45 Enotria&Coe)

'Unique and well-made, this is fresh, crisp and juicy, with some lovely fruit. Easy-drinking.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader. 'Leathery, earthy and rustic, with some precise cranberry fruit, spice, and a very elegant feel overall, with a silky texture.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A very pretty petal nose gives way to a gravelly finish, with crunchy fruit in-between.' Oliver Zelenczuk, London Shell Co.

 

Mince pies

Quinta do Vallado, 20 Year Old Tawny NV, Douro, Portugal (£26.47 Size: 50cl Bibendum)

'Peppery spice, dried herbs and sticky dates all come through on the nose, followed by toffee, currants, dates and straw on the palate. Good acidity washes back the sweetness nicely, allowing the herbs and spices to come through on the finish.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin. 'A zesty wine, with caramel notes following some very ripe, dry cherries.' Nuno Pereira, Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel.

 

The main event

 

Turkey

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Terras do Pó Castas, Syrah/Petit Verdot 2017, Península de Setúbal, Portugal (£9.65 Atlantico UK)

'A big and rich wine with some high, vibrant acidity, as well as some earthy savoury notes, all leading to a long and fruity finish.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'With its mocha and vanilla, coconut and chocolate notes, as well as plush purple fruits, sweet spice and big velvet tannins, this really hits above its price point, and would be a surefire seller.' James Fryer, team leader.

 

Seafood

Millton, Te Arai, Chenin Blanc 2017, Gisborne, New Zealand (£17.87 Bibendum)

'Lively, funky and fun as hell, with cola bottle and honeydew notes. Drink it. Love it.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK. 'A very exciting, natural-focused wine that brings some good minerality.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'A shining Chenin Blanc with great structure, ripe fruits, floral notes and hints of honey. A good example of a wine to be enjoyed with food.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.

 

Suckling pig

Cantine Nicosia, Fondo Filara, Etna Rosso, Organic, 2017, Sicily, Italy (£11.75 Boutinot)

'Yes! Pretty red fruits with some mint and smoke. Delicious, and a great food wine too.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'A beautiful colour and impactful nose, and the acidity is really something to behold!' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'Seductive, with firm tannins yet bright acidity, red berry flavours and earthiness. A perfect pairing for polpette di cavallo.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

 

 

The dessert

 

Tiramisu

Adega de Pegões, Moscatel de Setubal NV, Península de Setúbal, Portugal (£8.72 Size: 75cl Hallgarten & Novum Wines)

'Sweet sultana fruit on both the nose and palate, with some white pepper notes too. Moderate concentration and a vibrant finish.' Claire Love, Loves Consultancy. 'This is typical and luscious, with rich tropical fruits, peach and apricot.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines. 'This has a great deal of fruit character that's really well defined.' Salvatore Russo, The Hippodrome Casino.

 

Viennetta

Markus Molitor, Graacher Himmelreich, Auslese 2015, Mosel, Germany (£18.21 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum)

'A typical Riesling, rich and ripe, with some jammy stone fruit and well-balanced acidity.' Erik Simonics, Annabel’s. 'Myer lemon, orange blossom and a hint of honeysuckle, and lively acidity. A perfect match with funky cheeses.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London. 'A really damn good wine, with crème brûlée and kerosene, as well as honeyed fruits.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

 

Christmas pudding

Alvear, Solera 1927, Pedro Ximenez NV, Andalucía, Spain (£13.32 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum)

'Deliciously rich dried fruit, with a luxurious mouthfeel and a long finish with fig notes.' Gary Newborough, The Aristologist. 'Toffee on the both the nose and palate, with additional caramel, honey, molasses, prunes and raisins. Luscious and syrupy, with good length.' Luma Monteiro, Wineria. 'Bright and spicy, with fig and nutmeg notes, and just a touch of treacle.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

 

The cheese board

 

Soft and strong like a camembert

Kopke, Colheita White Port 2003, Douro, Portugal (£37.45 Size: 75cl Hayward Bros)

'So good... This is soft and elegant, with nuts and crème brûlée, and an amazing finish that lasts minutes.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'I love the dried tropical fruits, with cardamom and white spices, leading to a generous palate. Great by the glass in a Michelin-starred restaurant.' Gaetano Giangaspero, C&C.' This is a very versatile style, with well-balanced sweetness.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting.

 

Hard and nutty like a pecorino

Dandelion Vineyards, Lion's Roar of Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia (£54.70 Dandelion Vineyards)

'A real winner at this price, this has luscious, perfectly balanced, mouth-watering ripe fruit, and a ripe, mature palate.' Agostinho Leite, Bistrot Pierre at The Royal William Yard. 'Minty, with some luscious red fruits and some smoky, fine oak and well-integrated young tannins. This is drinking well now, but will improve immensely over the next five years too.' Martin Lam, team leader.

 

Blue and smooth like a Roquefort

Peller, Riesling, Icewine 2017, Ontario, Canada (£35.08 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe)

'The complexity here is impressive, with serious decadence on the nose and palate, showing candied rose, pineapple, tarte tatin, honeyed apricot and candied orange peel.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'Ripe, with honeyed peaches and apricots. This is luscious, rich and complex, not to mention intensely sweet.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.