The 12 drinks of Christmas
The 12 drinks of Christmas
Waitrose & Partners Christmas

The 12 DRINKS
of Christmas

The 12 drinks of Christmas
The 12 drinks of Christmas
Waitrose & Partners Christmas

The 12 DRINKS  
of Christmas

The 12 drinks of Christmas
The 12 drinks of Christmas
Waitrose & Partners Christmas

The 12 DRINKS  
of Christmas

From the perfect fizz to pop on the morning of the 25 December to a bottle of something special to serve with the turkey, our experts share their personal recommendations for the big day –
and they're all under £15! 

Our EXPERTS

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Joanna Simon

Award-winning wine writer and editor of Waitrose Drinks magazine

 

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Pierpaolo Petrassi Master of Wine

Partner and head of drinks buying 

 

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Charlotte Kissane 

Partner and beers & spirits buyer 

 

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Alexandra Mawson  

Partner and wine buyer 

 

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BECKY Hull Master of Wine

Partner and wine buyer 

 

 

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Victoria Mason

Partner and wine buyer 

 

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Jamie Matthewson

Partner and buying manager for wines

 

La Gioiosa Prosecco

1.

Christmas MORNING drinks

La Gioiosa Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG

Alexandra: An outstanding top-quality Prosecco from a family-run winery dedicated to sustainability and maintaining biodiversity in their vineyards. Pop a cork for the perfect start to your Christmas Day.

 

Christmas Smoked Salmon

Drinks for CHRISTMAS Canapés & starters

No.1 Castillo Perelada Cava Brut
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2. Cava

No.1 Castillo Perelada Cava Brut

Alexandra: We are proud to work with top producer Castillo Perelada to craft this beautiful Cava brimming with citrus aromas and a savoury, nutty edge that partners perfectly with smoked salmon blinis and canapes.

 

Cuvée Royale Brut Crémant de Limoux
Prince Alexandre Crémant de Loire

3. Sparkling wine

Cuvée Royale Brut Crémant de Limoux

Alexandra: From Limoux in France but without the price tag of Champagne, this crowd-pleaser ticks every box for the big day. Elegant and fresh with a lemon and brioche finish. A customer favourite for a reason, and one of mine too! 

 

Erdinger Weissbräu Alkohol Frei
Erdinger Weissbräu Alkohol Frei

4. Alcohol-free beer

Erdinger Weissbräu Alkohol Frei

Joanna: The refreshment factor and spectrum of flavours in wheat beers and Czech and German pilsners make them a great match for smoked salmon. And the best non-alcoholic versions have the body to take on the mantle just as confidently.

 

Christmas Dinner

Drinks for your Christmas MAIN COURSE

Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc
No.1 Foundation Cederberg Chenin Blanc

5. Turkey

Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc

Victoria: Sourced from organically-farmed vineyards in the beautiful Western Cape, Reyneke Organic Chenin has vibrant acidity combined with mid-palate richness, and flavours of apricot, orange zest and honeycomb. It works brilliantly alongside roast poultry and all of the accompaniments - with enough zip to match even the tang of cranberry sauce.

Torres Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero
Torres Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero

6. Turkey/trimmings

Torres Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero

Joanna: Avoid tannic heavyweights and the lightweights that would be overwhelmed by the festoon of flavours, and there’s an array of friendly reds for turkey, from Argentine Malbec to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to this sandalwood-scented, plummy, oak-matured silky Tempranillo.

 

Summer Road Old Vine Grenache
Kilikanoon Grenache Shiraz Mataro

7. Meat-free dishes

Summer Road Old Vine Grenache

Becky: Thistledown makes exquisite small batch wines from parcels of really old vines. This Grenache is packed with ripe, jammy strawberry flavours, with a touch of peppery spice on the finish.

 

"Trying different wines that have much in common with ones you already love may well lead to new favourites for years to come."

Joanna Simon

Mince pies

Christmas DESSERT drinks

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro
Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro

8.

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro

Joanna: With its streak of orange zest, this floral-perfumed Muscat of Alexandria will counterbalance a magisterial Christmas pudding (or mince pies).

 

SO Sauternes
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9.

SO Sauternes

Jamie: This wine comes from the prestigiuos Chateau Bastor Lamontagne and delivers apricots and pineapples covered in honey on the palate and finishes with sweet orange. Indulgent, but perfectly balanced. Not only that, it's organic, too.

Cheeseboard

Drinks for a Christmas CHEESEBOARD

Galipette Brut Cider France
Galipette Brut Cider France

10.

Galipette Brut Cider

Joanna: Apple-based drinks are good with cheese. They’re often made in the same regions – Camembert and cider in Normandy, Cheddar and cider in Somerset. This sparkling, dry Breton cider with bittersweet apple flavours and hints of lime and spice will work well with most cheeses. 

 

Cave de Turkheim Crémant d'Alsace Cuvée Brut
No.1 Sauternes Château Suduiraut

11.

Cave de Turkheim Crémant d'Alsace Cuvée Brut

Alexandra: Add some fizzy celebration into the final course of your meal with this delicious Crémant from Alsace. Made from a blend of local star grapes – Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris – it’s lightly floral with a touch of nectarine and will pair perfectly with your cheese plate.

Leftovers

Toast

12.

Toast Session IPA

Pierpaolo: A sustainable choice, this ale is brewed using surplus fresh bread and British hops, with all profits going to charities including anti-food-waste organisation Feedback. Balancing bitter and rich flavours, it pairs well with many foods and can cope with spicy fare such as this turkey ramen.

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"Keep some interesting craft beers and cider on hand; even if you generally prefer wine, they make a fantastic accompaniment to that all-important cheeseboard."

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW

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