Wines to go with festive meals

Here are ST Wine’s top eight picks and the food to pair them with

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PHOTOS: ASIA WINE NETWORK, CRYSTAL WINES

Country: France

Usual price: $69

ST Wine price: $59

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes which were handpicked, this deep-coloured wine, rated 90 points by the Wine Spectator, was on the magazine’s 2016 list of Top 100 wines. Powerful and elegant, the wine has distinctive flavours of ripe fruit, with hints of spice and liquorice.

Food pairing: Grilled or roasted meats and rich-tasting stews

TERRA REMOTA CAMINO 2011

Country: Spain

Usual price: $70

ST Wine price: $60

This red Spanish beauty is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet and Tempranillo grapes. Both the aroma and taste are packed with red and black fruit. On the palate, it is spicy with cinnamon notes and a hint of vanilla. The Camino is much like a red Burgundy, a new wave Rioja and a Chateauneuf du Pape all rolled into one bottle. The result is a superb wine with flair and finesse.

Food pairing: Roast ham, roast turkey, roast beef, grilled meats and gravy-laden meat dishes

DAL CERO VALPOLICELLA 2015

Country: Italy

Usual price: $45

ST Wine price: $39

A luminous red in appearance, this blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes is fresh and crisp on the nose, with delicate scents of cherry and cherry blossoms. This stylish and refined wine is value for money and well-suited for festive get-togethers at home with friends and family.

Food pairing: Roasted lamb leg and roast turkey

ODDERO LANGHE COLLARETTO 2012

Country: Italy

Usual price: $70

ST Wine price: $58

This golden-coloured blend of Chardonnay and Riesling has a rich and full bouquet of citrus and tropical fruit. It tastes of ripe fruit and is invigorating with a touch of minerality.

Food pairing: Seafood such as oysters, smoked salmon, lobster and crab; and white meat such as chicken

LAWSON’S DRY HILLS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017

Country: New Zealand

Usual price: $45

ST Wine price: $39

Made from a blend of grapes from five vineyards with different soil types in the Marlborough region, this white wine has the scent of passionfruit and floral notes with undertones of lime and herbs. On the palate, it is fresh-tasting with intense fruit flavours. Drink now or put it in the cellar for up to four years.

Food pairing: Caesar salad, prawn cocktail, cheese platter with crackers, grilled garlic prawns and roast turkey

CASTELLO DI AMA CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2015

Country: Italy

Usual price: $62

ST Wine price: $57

This Tuscan wine is a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes, with notes of tobacco and cherries. On the palate, it is tangy, bright and fruity. Match it with beef, veal and poultry dishes.

Food pairing: Lasagna, pasta with carbonara, roast duck, lamb kebabs and meatballs in tomato-based sauce

MISHA’S VINEYARD THE HIGH NOTE PINOT NOIR 2015

Country: New Zealand

Usual price: $69

ST Wine price: $59

Grapes from a single vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, were handpicked for this wine, which bears the scent of violets and blackberries. This rubycoloured wine tastes of sweet fruit and a hint of vanilla and herbs, balanced with a refreshing acidity. It is a versatile choice for festive feasts as it pairs well with both meat and vegetable dishes. It is hard to go wrong with this wine if turkey, duck, lamb or mushrooms are on the menu.

Food pairing: Roast turkey, roast chicken, grilled lamb, beef stew and pan-fried salmon

MONTES ALPHA SPECIAL CUVEE PINOT NOIR 2016

Country: Chile

Usual price: $55

ST Wine price: $45

Ruby-red with violet tones, this Chilean Pinot Noir is intensely aromatic with strong berry scents. Think raspberry, blueberry and sour cherries, combined with herbs and wild flowers. It is elegant yet easy to drink, perfect for convincing those who drink only white wines to give red wines a try.

Food pairing: Roast beef, roast duck, roast turkey, mushroom with herbs, cheese and dried cured meats such as jamon iberico (Spanish ham made with black pigs)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 09, 2018, with the headline 'Wines to go with festive meals'. Print Edition | Subscribe