When it comes to Christmas Day, the important rule to follow is that this is not the day for pulling out your most treasured bottle of red wine.
There are far too many flavours on the plate to give it your full attention. Choose a red that’s got up-front fruit flavours, especially if you’re having turkey with all the trimmings. Cardela Crianza 2008, Ribera del Duero (Majestic £10.99 or £8.99 when you buy two) is one of many modern-style Spanish reds I’ve enjoyed recently.
Pinot Noir is supposed to be the classic wine to go with turkey, so if you want to treat yourself Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir 2007, Sonoma (Waitrose £21.99 down to £15.99 until January 3) is a wonderful new world example.
Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Coonawarra
This famous Australian estate constantly delivers terrific wines and this is classic Coonawarra Cabernet, with cedar and cassis and a hint of mint.