December 17, 2017
  • Steven

Steven’s Christmas line-up


People often ask me what wines I’ll be drinking over Christmas. The truth is I never choose wines to serve more than a day before. While of course they should not clash with the food, my mantra is ‘drink for mood, not for food’, so the guest list, what Bella is cooking and my own mood will decide what is to be served.

Christmas will be spent in London this year and I so I won’t be hosting. Fortunately I do keep meticulous cellar records and looking through my book, here is what I came up with last year:

(The contents of my cellar are very focussed on France, closely followed by Italy and Spain. My work means I am presented with wines from the New World almost every day, and I am impressed most of the time, but seldom follow up with a purchase. Perhaps I am too old-fashioned. But I do know from experience that the European bottles below stairs match Bella’s fine cooking very well indeed.)

Bride Valley Rosé Bella 2014

With smoked salmon starter:
2000 Weingut Brundlmayer, Zöbinher Heiligenstein, Reisling Alte Reben

With turkey and all the trimmings:
2009 Clos de la Roilette, appelation Fleurie Controlée

With cheeses and plum pudding:
1977 Gould Campbell Vintage Port (It is a Spurrier family tradition to always pass the port to the left.)

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