Wine: The best red for turkey, white for chicken and sparkler for celebrations

 

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A red for turkey, beef and game

Journey's End The Cape Doctor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

It's too late to order online for Christmas, so here are three high-street options. This classic Cabernet from Stellenbosch has huge flavours of ripe dark fruits, notes of cassis, chocolate, herbs and eucalyptus. £25, M&S (also £16.80, tanners-wines.co.uk)

A white for chicken and fish

Domaines Félines Jourdan Picpoul 2013

Grown only in a small coastal area of the Languedoc, Picpoul is better value than Chablis or Sancerre for oysters or smoked salmon – deceptively exotic and complex, with green vegetal and anis mingling harmoniously with notes of honey and spice. £8.99, Waitrose (also £11.25, bbr.com)

A sparkler for celebrations

Château de l'Aulée Cuvée Jeanne d'Arc Crémant De Loire NV

Classy French sparkling, made by a former Bollinger winemaker in traditional champagne style, but at half the price. Chenin Blanc grapes deliver apples and pears, but there are also toastier, nutty notes. Great with canapés. £12, Oddbins (also £11.99, averys.com)

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