Perfect pairings for Christmas with festive wines and spirits from Tesco

Impress your guests this Christmas with a range of award winning wines and spirits, selected by the expert Tesco team to match a range of festive meals, moments and occasions

Tesco Xmas

Whether or not you’re venturing far from home, you can still enjoy travelling the globe through what’s in your glass, with brilliant bottles from renowned wine regions around the world. Start the celebrations in France, with a glass of gold medal-winning Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne on Christmas Eve, or be inspired by an Italian Natale and pair the Tesco Finest Gavi with a seafood feast.

If lots of hearty winter dishes are on the menu, look to the high-altitude vineyards of South America for versatile and concentrated rich reds, including the Tesco Finest The Trilogy Malbec and Tesco Finest Valle de Colchagua Merlot. While big name Bordeaux, like the gold medal-winning Tesco Finest Margaux, will bring a sense of occasion to those special seasonal meals.

To round off festive feasts in style, serve award-winning Australian sweet wine, the Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon, or Christmas classic, the Tesco Finest Vintage Port, both equally at home alongside stilton or pudding. Or take your time over a warming dram and enjoy the Christmassy notes of nuts, chocolate and marzipan in the Tesco Finest Highland Single Malt Whisky.

France

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV 12.5% abv, £21.00 (vegan)

IWSC 2021 Gold medal winner and IWC Great Value Champion Sparkling
This multi award-winning Premier Cru Champagne is the perfect addition to any Christmas celebration. It’s produced for Tesco by Union Champagne in Avize, from hand-harvested grapes grown in Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, south of Epernay. Aged for 36 months, this extra maturation results in elegant flavours of citrus, green fruits and brioche with a fine mousse. Perfect as an aperitif or with smoked salmon crostinis.

Tesco Finest Côtes Du Rhône Villages Signargues 14.5% abv, £8.00 (vegan)

IWSC 2021 Gold medal winner
This aromatic red wine is from the Côtes du Rhône village of Signargues. Grapes were hand-harvested and earlier than in previous years due to a hotter and drier than usual summer, which produced small, concentrated and extremely ripe berries. It is a rich blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes and combines opulent dark fruit flavours of blackcurrant and cherry with warm notes of spice. Serve with ox cheek stew or your favourite winter casserole.

Tesco Finest Margaux 14% abv, £22.00

IWC 2021 Gold medal winner
Made for Tesco by the prestigious Château Boyd Cantenac in Bordeaux’s iconic Margaux region, using exceptional quality grapes from vines that are an average of 30 years old. It is a bold but well-balanced red that is rich, ripe and vibrant with complex flavours of dark fruits, cherries, spices and oak. Serve alongside beef or vegetarian wellington.

Tesco Finest Côtes de Provence Rosé 12.5% abv, £9.00 (vegan)

IWC 2021 Bronze medal winner
Add a touch of sunshine to the winter months with this elegant and refreshing Provence rosé. Carefully sourced from coastal vineyards that spend the year basking in the Mediterranean sun, it boasts delicious stone fruit flavours with notes of fresh strawberries and redcurrants. A crisp, delicate and dry wine, in the signature Côtes de Provence pale pink hue, it works well alongside cranberry and brie tartlets or fresh winter salads.

Italy

Tesco Finest Prosecco DOC 11% abv, £8.00 (vegetarian)

IWC 2021 Bronze medal winner
Made from grapes sourced from a single area, which overlaps the finest vineyards in the Prosecco region. The result is a fresh wine, with a lingering finish full of citrus and pear aromas and flavours. Perfect on its own or alongside light bites and canapés.

Tesco Finest Gavi 12.5% abv, £8.50 (vegetarian)

IWC 2021 Silver medal winner
This dry, elegant wine is made from premium Cortese grapes from the Gavi region in north west Italy. Part of the crop is harvested later, when grapes are riper, lending extra richness and depth to the wine. Its juicy white peach and citrus

Spain

Tesco Finest Viñas del Rey Albariño 12.5% abv, £9.00Tesco Low Alcohol Sparkling 0.5% abv, £2.75

Boasting the familiar, fruity aromas of Sauvignon Blanc and a touch of fizz, these low-alcohol bubbles make an elegant alternative to sparkling wine during the festive celebrations. Grapes are harvested at night or early in the morning, which helps to preserve their characteristic freshness. Following a traditional alcoholic fermentation, innovative “spinning cone” technology is used to gently remove all but 0.5% of the alcohol. Serve chilled on its own or alongside canapés.

Chile

Tesco Finest Valle De Colchagua Merlot 14.5% abv, £8.00 (vegan)

IWC 2021 Bronze medal winner
This merlot is produced in Chile’s renowned Colchagua Valley, which is ideally suited to growing Merlot grapes of highest quality. Rich in colour, it has aromas of plums, cherries and a hint of vanilla, followed by a luscious and concentrated palate with a smooth finish. Perfect to pair with your Christmas pigs in blankets, charcuterie, or stuffed mushrooms.

Argentina

Tesco Finest The Trilogy Malbec 13.5% abv, £12.00 (vegetarian)

IWC 2021 Bronze medal winner
Made in collaboration with the celebrated Catena family winemakers in the world-renowned wine-growing region of Mendoza. The grapes were hand-harvested from high altitude vineyards in the Andes, where they ripen slowly, developing pronounced aromas but preserving freshness. This wine is wonderfully complex, with intense aromas of ripe plum, spice and black pepper, making it an ideal pairing with a nut roast, smoky vegetables or roasted meats.

Portugal

Tesco Finest Vintage Port 2003 20% abv, £20.00 (vegan)

IWC 2021 Bronze medal winner
This rich and aromatic Port is made for Tesco by Symington Family Estates, with wines sourced from the finest vineyards in the Douro Valley during a year of exceptional quality. Expect flavours of currants and black fruit, layered with elegant hints of spice. Pair this with rich chocolate desserts or a classic cheese board, garnished with dried fruit and nuts.

Australia

Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon 11.5% abv, £6.00 (vegetarian)

IWC 2021 Silver medal winner and IWC 2021 Great Value Sweet Under £12
This is an award-winning dessert wine from Australia’s De Bortoli family winery. Made from late-harvested grapes which are left to ripen on the vine until their natural sugars and flavours have grown incredibly rich and intense. The result is a golden hued wine boasting a delicate concentration of citrus, peach and apricot flavours that are simultaneously sumptuous and fresh. The perfect dessert wine to pair with Christmas pudding or blue cheese

Scotland

Tesco Finest Highland Single Malt Whisky 40% abv, £23.00

IWC 2021 Silver medal winner
Crafted in the Highland region in Scotland, this single malt whisky has been aged for 12 years in American Oak casks, imbuing it with aromas and flavours of citrus fruits, crushed almonds and a subtle hint of marzipan and chocolate. Delicious paired with dark chocolate or enjoyed on its own, ideally in front of a roaring fire

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