Festive Food and Wine
The festive season is all about flavour. Turkey with rich sauces and all the trimmings, meaty steak pie for New Year or slow-cooked game; without question, for us anyway, they are all enhanced by a delicious glass of wine. Here are some food and wine combinations that we know will make you smile and go back for more! Take a look at our quick guide to our very best festive food and wine pairings.
The Turkey may be the star of the show but the trimmings make it all come together. With that in mind, when choosing a wine to pair with Roast Turkey or perhaps Pheasant and Goose, it is always good to pick a wine with low tannins and more savoury, earthy notes to pair with the gamey meats. You need lots of red fruit flavours to highlight the cranberry sauce, which would also bring out the sweetness in the roasted vegetables and the meatiness in the pigs in blankets.
- Pinot Noir from Burgundy is a classic choice and Tupinier Bautista’s En Sazenay oozes luxury with its supple velvety tannins.
- Domaine de la Madone Fleurie is a heady wine made from Gamay. It has a fine structure and soft, expressive red fruits like cherry and wild strawberry.
- For white lovers, roasted white meats are delicious with Chardonnay. We would suggest Saint Veran Domaine de la Croix Senaillet, which is a truly magnificent example of Maconnais Chardonnay. It is a fleshy wine with vibrant lemon notes, apple and floral aromas, and all-around a fresh mineral finish.
A joint of Beef is a fantastic alternative to Turkey and is popular due to its intensity of flavour. To match up to that rich meatiness, you will need a red wine with firm tannins, plenty of structure, dark fruits, and body. It needs to have a bit of oomph!
- The classic choice would be a Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux. La Legende de Fonreaud is a lovely, approachable wine with ripe cassis fruit, firm tannins, and spicy notes. Graphite notes come through on the pallet which is long and laded with black fruit, damson, and exotic spiciness. Elegant and fantastic value for money.
- If you want big and bold, look no further than Wild Boar Syrah from Consolation. It is a full-bodied, modern, lush style of Syrah with warm dark fruit flavours of damson and blackberry. Powerful on the pallet, yet fresh on the finish with savoury notes, hints of chocolate and sweet spice.
- Natural wine fans will love Domaine Sainte Croix Magneric, which is a powerful yet elegant red, reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-pape. It is a full-bodied blend of Old Vine Carignan, Old Vine Grenache, and Syrah along with a splash of Mourvedre. It is packed with cassis and redcurrant fruit, black olive, fig, raspberry, and pepper spice.
As a general rule, rich oily fish such as Salmon need to be paired with full-bodied whites. However, if you really prefer a red, then you can easily pair Salmon with a light low tannin red wine like Pinot Noir or Rose. We love rich white wines such as Chardonnay, Viognier, or Roussanne. If you are serving other seafood, then lighter crisp whites like Pouilly Fume or Albarino would be perfect.
- Viognier ‘Pied de la Rue’ Domaine de la Madone is the first Viognier to be made in Fleurie. Aged in barrel for 6 months this is an exceptional wine and a truly remarkable expression of the Viognier grape. It is a full-bodied white with bright stone fruit and textured honey notes that keep developing in the glass.
- Consolation ‘Juliette’ is a benchmark example of the excellent and overlooked Roussanne grape. The grapes are picked super ripe and handled reductively to retain varietal aromas and freshness, then barrel fermented in oak barrels. There is a honeyed note to the stone fruit aromas in this wine, with peach and nectarine, but overlaid by soft cashew and delicate herbs and spices. It is a full-bodied, dry, and textured wine that is delicious with roast chicken.
- Sebastien Treuillet’s Pouilly Fume is a wonderful example of the classic dry, flinty Sauvignon Blanc based wine. It has great depth and a tangy mineral complexity which is wrapped around the zippy green fruit. It’s the perfect wine to partner with Scottish seafood.
A glazed baked ham is a thing of joy. Recipes do vary widely but if you are serving your ham with a sweet glaze, then you need something to cut through the sweetness and counteract the saltiness of the meat. White wine would usually be recommended here but a medium-bodied red with juicy fruit would be perfect. We suggest one of our new Italian reds from Romitorio.
- Chianti Colli Senesi by Castello Romitorio is a charming modern classic made from 100% Sangiovese. It has a haunting balance between the bright red currant and Morello cherry fruits and the earthy oak flavours which bring a dark spicy complexity to the wine. There is a great depth to this wine behind the very fresh and elegant flavours.
- For a white why not try a Pinot Gris. Meyer Fonne’s Pinot Gris Reserve would blow your average Pinot Grigio out of the water. Half of the grapes for this wine originate from the Kaefferkopf Grand Cru vineyard which gives real finesse and delivers intense aromas of ripe stone fruits, touches of honey, lime, smoky hints, and a fresh minerality.
- Sybille Kuntz’s Riesling Spatlese is a complex and brilliant wine and an amazing advert for Mosel Riesling. The wine has fantastic texture and richness on the palate which is fleshy and intensely flavoured with green fruits, nectarine and honeysuckle. It is elegant, sophisticated and a joy to drink.
Gone are the days where Vegetarian food would be a boring pasta dish or vegetable side dishes would be served as a main! The horror! There are now a plethora of amazing recipes that cater to Vegans and Vegetarians. Anything goes for Christmas but many people like to stick with the favourites such as Nut Roast or a deep-filled Tart. The wines here will complement the fat/richness of the nuts and the buttery pastry.
- Gran Bohedal Rioja Blanco is consistently one of the best white wines we stock. It is also loved in restaurants all over Scotland. The Viura grapes come from 90 year old vines. These old vines produce a wine of great concentration and finesse which is fermented separately in three different types of oak barrel – French, American and Romanian – before being blended together. The resulting wine is immensely complex and the balance between toasty coconut oak and peachy, zingy, limey, herbal fruit is world class.
- Domaine Jean Dauvissat 1er Cru ‘Vaillions’ is a superb and robust Chablis with an almost perfect balance of ripe fruit and classic minerality. There are lovely spice notes behind the apple and mouth-watering lemon fruit which dominate the palate. The wine finishes with a saline twist, crushed lime and dry stone. It is a wine of immense character and complexity and a particularly full bodied expression of Chablis.
- Domaine Tupinier Bautista’s Bourgogne Rouge is everything you’d want from a Burgundy Pinot Noir. It is aged in oak barrels of up to 3 years old. After 10 months of ageing in oak casks, the wine is blended in vats and bottled 2 months later. It drinks beautifully on release but will develop over several years. It is voluptuous, fruity, round and delicate. There is no shortage of red fruit – strawberry & raspberry – with blackberry & violet notes in the background.
Christmas Pudding is the traditional pudding of choice but these days, perhaps we should not forget about Trifle or a Chocolate Yule Log!
- What to drink with Christmas Pudding – Part des Anges from Domaine Sainte Croix is a sweet wine made from late-harvest Old Vine Carignan which oozes with the essence of black mulberry and fig on the nose. The fermentation is allowed to stop naturally to leave a sugar content of 65g/hl before aging on the lees for 24 months in old barrels. The palate is luscious with fig, prune, sweet spice, black chocolate and Turkish coffee on the palate. It is a delicious alternative to Port and the would be the perfect match for Christmas Pudding.
- What to drink with Trifle – Domaine Fontanel Rivesaltes Ambre is a delicious Vins doux Naturels made from Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris. Like Port, the wine is fortified with grape brandy to stop the fermentation and leave the wine higher in alcohol and sweet. It is then aged in large oak barrels so makes on an amber colour and oxidised notes over time. The result is a wine with immense flavour and complexity which is delicious with pudding and cheese. There are sherry type flavours along with Christmas cake aromas, dried fruit, orange peel, figs, dates and walnuts.
- What to drink with Chocolate – Based in the sandy hills of Roero, north-west of Alba, Marco Porello and his family have been quietly producing outstanding wines made from the area’s native grape varieties. The Roero region is a veritable kitchen garden famed not only for grape production but also for honey, peaches, pears, asparagus, mushrooms and truffles. The Birbet is a fantastic sweet fizzy red made from bunched Brachetto grapes. It has flavours of fresh raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants. The low alcohol and good acidity makes it a gret partner for some desserts and fruit puddings. It is a real Piedmontese speciality!
LAST ORDERS FOR UK WIDE DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS SUNDAY 20TH DECEMBER.
For orders in the CENTRAL BELT, the deadline is Tuesday 22nd December. We will be out delivering in our own vans, so please do get in touch to avoid disappointment.
Festive Wine Offer
You could be forgiven for thinking that there is plenty of time to plan your festive wines for Christmas but believe it or not there are just over
only two weeks to go! Our webshop now offers over 400 wines to choose from along with a great selection of pre-selected mixed cases featuring our team’s top festive picks.
We wanted to remind you all that we also have some fantastic magnums, which make brilliant Christmas gifts, they also look amazing in our new wooden boxes! And if you really can’t make up your mind do give us a call- we love to talk about our wines here at de Burgh HQ!
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Christmas Gift Guide
With a digital Christmas looming, we are getting into the festive spirit a little earlier this year. We have put together a fantastic selection of wine-related gifts for that special someone (or yourself!). From wooden boxes, magnums, Ports, Champagnes to pre-mixed cases, there is something for everyone!
Introductory Offer – 10% off!!
Beautifully handcrafted from a family-run company, these boxes not only look the business but are of fantastic quality. The box will last far longer than the wine and can be used for years to come to store all manner of things like jewellery, batteries, candles, pencils, keys, or buttons. The list goes on…
To take advantage of the introductory offer, use this code – GIFTBOX – in the promo code section at checkout. MORE INFO HERE>>
Are you looking for a fine wine gift but don’t know what to buy? We have done the hard work for you. These specially selected fine wine gift packs are a treat for friends or family, especially those who are really hard to buy for!
We have 12 to choose from, including Chablis, Magnums, Champagne, Amarone, and Bordeaux. BUY HERE>>
We love Magnums! Wine stored in magnums ages slower and better than in standard sized bottles so consistently tastes better. They make a great centrepiece on the dinner table and with less bottles to open and the debate over opening another bottle already answered, you are saving yourself precious time! They also make an impressive gift. What is not to love? SEE OUR RANGE HERE >>
Specially Selected Mixed Cases
If there is one thing that lockdown has taught us, it is that life is too short and there is no point waiting for the perfect moment or opportunity to drink amazing wine. We just have to get on with it. So, if you want to see out the last couple of months, weeks and days of 2020 out with an almighty bang, then we can guarantee that one (or two) of these Festive Mixed Cases won’t disappoint. CHECK OUT OUR FESTIVE CASES>>
New Wines from Tuscany
Castello Romitorio was a half renovated abandoned wreak when artist Sandro Chia purchased it in 1984. What was left of the building had been abandoned after WW2 and used only by shepherds until Baron Giorgio Franchetti, a historic building restorer, purchased it in the 1970’s. He abandoned his plan (I didn’t say he was a successful building restorer) and sold the property to Sandro who completed the work and brought the building back to life as his home and art studio. The building had been built originally in the 12th century as an imposing hilltop fortress to guard the town of Montalcino. In the late 1980’s Sandro set about restoring the land around the castle back to its former glory with an overhaul of the vineyards. New cellars were constructed in 2005 and along with Filippo, Sandro’s son, the wines have become internationally recognised as expressions of Sangiovese and flirt between the modern and classic style with extraordinary elegance. You can read about the wines below or click here.
P.S. Please note that the wines from Castello Romitorio will not arrive until Friday. Any orders will be delivered next week.
Romitoro from Castello Romitorio is a delicious, fruit driven Supertuscan made from a blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah which is an absolute delight with beef. These classic French varieties are perfectly at home here in the temperate Tuscan climate. READ MORE>>
Chianti Colli SenesiRomitorio 2018
Chianti Colli Senesi by Castello Romitorio is a charming modern classic made from 100% Sangiovese. It has a haunting balance of flavour between the bright red currant and Morello cherry fruit and the earthy oak flavours which bring a dark spicy complexity to the wine. READ MORE>>
Rosso di Montalcino Castello Romitorio 2018
Rosso di Montalcino from Castello Romitorio is a classic Sangiovese which is bursting with characteristic Morello Cherries and a complex mix of savoury dry spices, leather and pungent sweet spice. READ MORE>>
Morellino di Scansano DOCG Ghiaccio Forte, 2018
Ghiaccio Forte Morellino di Scansano is an absolute belter of a wine from an area which never gets the recognition it deserves. The wine is now 100% Sangiovese (Morellino being the local name for Sangiovese) and is powerful yet silky and super fresh. There is a lovely crushed red fruit character and lots of cherry notes which combine perfectly with herbal spiced notes and a subtle savoury note. READ MORE>>
Brunello di Montalcino Castello Romitorio 2015
Made from 100% Sangiovese and aged in oak barrel for 24 months you’d expect a backward and oak laden wine but the bright cherry, violet and crushed red fruit really shines through the oak. It opens into an earthy wine with darker spice notes and fresh herbs. An exquisite and sensual wine with length, depth and structure.READ MORE>>
Brunello di Montalcino ‘Filo di Seta’ Castello Romitorio 2015
Filo di Seta is a unique and exceptional expression of Brunello di Montalcino by Castello Romitorio. Dried cherry, floral notes, dark peony, earth, savoury notes and perfumed edges. It is a wine you could smell all day and is almost electric on the palate but finishes with lovely silky charm and elegance. World class wine. READ MORE>>
Recommend a Friend
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World Class Rhone: Domaine Aleofane
If you like Rhone, then you will LOVE Aleofane…
Aleofane is a small Biodynamic Domaine with vineyards in Croze Hermitage and Saint Joseph. The Domaine was founded in 2004 by Natacha Chave, the younger sister of well known winemaker Yann Chave, who decided to continue the family tradition of wine making after studying philosophy at university.
Natacha’s approach to winemaking is as natural as possible and does not fine nor filter her wine. There is also minimal intervention in the vineyard, using only natural products on the vines to help build immunity to disease. Yields are also kept low. Both of Natasha’s wines have a delicate feel and freshness to them which sits perfectly alongside the warm, concentrated, spicy fruit.
In addition to the bottles, we have Magnums, double Magnums and Halves of the Crozes Hermitage Perfect for all occasions…
As the season starts to turn, are you looking for more earthy reds with a little more structure and warmth to them? Traditionally, Syrah from southern France would be our go to but we’ve run with a couple of South American’s this month that are just a little riper and brighter to hopefully bring a little much needed cheer. The whites have a bit more texture and aromatic flavours this month.
We are also throwing in a FREE JAR OF PERELLO GORDAL OLIVES with every purchase of the September case.
As many of you are still enjoying the holidays AND the sun, we thought we should remind you that our Summer Offer – see below – is still on and valid till the end of August.
We have a great selection of
Summer Favourites to choose from or why not let us choose and try one of our
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August’s mixed case is all about super dry fresh whites and soft mellow reds. It’s a month for relaxing, unwinding and forgetting about all your troubles. Nothing too fussy or complicated here just 6 wines that are filled with pure pleasure. The Chablis should provide a wee treat and is perfect with shell fish or as a stimulating aperitif whilst the Falerio and Macabeo both provide a bit of Mediterranean (Or Adriatic to be more precise) joy! All three of the reds are low tannin and super silky with easy going soft bramble fruits.
In other news…
We are in the very glossy Scottish Field this month, highlighting the company and our journey through lockdown…
Have a read HERE
Ingrid Groiss at de Burgh
Ingrid and Weinviertal
Weinviertal or “wine quarter”, is Austria’s largest wine region. It is situated at the far northeastern part of Austria, bordering the Czech Republic in the north and Slovakia to the east. It is a beautiful area with neat villages and picture postcard vineyards. It is also known for the hundreds of metres of cellars that run underground called “Kellergrassen”. The region’s most famous grape variety – Gruner Veltliner is king here and is characterized by its zesty flavours, delicate aromas and tart acidity.
After a slightly dodgy wine scandal (it’s worth a google if you don’t know the story) in the 80’s, Austria has seemingly recovered fully because it is now one of the most exciting wine producing countries in the world.
Ingrid Groiss describes herself as passionate, emotional and determined. It pretty much says it all about Ingrid and are the sort of character traits we would expect to find in a young wine maker, who modernised their parent’s winery. Having lived the corporate life with Coca-Cola in her younger years, Ingrid returned to her wine making roots in Weinviertel and set about producing fantastic wines from the vineyards her Grandmother had planted some 50 years ago. Ingrid’s wines have a great purity to them and the complexity of her Gruner Veltliners are quite amazing. The wines are all certified organic since the 2019 vintage and they get better with every vintage. We are all such big fans of Ingrid and her wines. It’s a real pleasure being an importer and supplier of such a dynamic winemaker.
Fantastic value Austrian Gruner Veltliner from Ingrid Groiss which should really be savoured but is far too drinkable. From Weinviertel this is a zippy, crisp, refreshing and aromatic wine with apple blossom, pear and quince flavours and wrapped around a lovely citric core. Beautifully pure on the finish and showing those characteristic white pepper and herbal notes.
Hasenhaide means “garden of the hares” which is the name of the vineyard that Ingrid Groiss’s sublime Rose comes from. The wine is a blend of Pinot Noir & Zweigelt. We love the delicate salmon pink and seductive nose of fresh strawberries and ripe cherries. The juicy fruit on the palate marries beautifully with a stony minerality that gives the wine great freshness. It goes without saying that we are massive fans of Ingrid and her wines and we are so pleased to bring the Rose into our ever growing range.
Gemischter Satz is a traditional Austrian wine that is made from a field blend of numerous different grape varieties all grown together in a single vineyard. In a world where single varietals rule supreme, this is the blend to end all other blends. The result is one of the most refreshing and delightful wines we’ve tried. It’s effortlessly brilliant and proves that variety and a little bit of everything really is the spice of life. Click here to find out more info on the grape varieties…
A 100% Gruner Veltliner which comes from a single vineyard called ‘In der Schablau’ which is made up of 50 year old vines on a limestone rich, conglomerate soil. The wine has immense depth of flavour and an effortless, elegant feel to it. The nose is complex and has a mixture of citrus fruits, pears, quince, tobacco and grapefruit. On the palate it is tight and powerful with lively acidity and elegant spiciness that keeps going through a long finish. Aged for 11 months on its lees.
Magical wine made from 100% Gruner Veltliner in the ‘Pankraz’ vineyard which is made up of sand, marl lime and conglomerate soils. 70% of the grapes are gently pressed without stems and fermented with natural yeasts. The remaining 30% of the grapes are destemmed but remain whole and are fermented in old 500 litre Austrian oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 11 months on its lees. The result is quite remarkable with a complex nose, herby, grapefruit and peachy flavours. It has a moreish and mouth-watering acidity with citrus and white flower notes. Can be drunk with roasted or braised white meats as well as spicy dishes. Really top stuff.
ONE LAST THING
A little thanks from us... We have been bowled over by our customers recently. We appreciate all of your kind words, orders and pictures on social channels. As with every business, we have had to adapt and change how we work day to day, but we have to admit, it’s been fun! To thank you for your continuing support we are offering two different discounts to use on what you like, when you like through July…
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Summer at de Burgh 2020
The schools have broken up at last and this is the time when many of us like to stock up on wine for the summer holidays and social gatherings. Although this summer looks somewhat different, we should make the most of it. With lockdown easing, we hope you are able to share a glass of wine with friends and family over the coming weeks.
A little thanks from us
We have been bowled over by our customers recently. We appreciate all of your kind words, orders and pictures on social channels. As with every business, we have had to adapt and change how we work day to day, but we have to admit, it’s been fun! To thank you for your continuing support we are offering two different discounts to use on what you like, when you like through July…
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MEET THE TEAM
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