I have been canvassing m'learned colleagues on their festive season choices. Here are a few responses - may give you an idea if you're looking for something different this year. Harry says: “With all the family (18 of them!) the Henriot 96 will be cracked open to lighten hearts and accompany nibbles such as salmon, with a touch of dill of rye bread. Once the turkey and goose are on flight to the table the wines will be served. Dreams from Jermann is 100% Chardannay and a lovely accompaniment with goose and for people who want to drink white. Volnay, Domaine J & H Boillot, a red Burgundy (Pinot noir) for turkey and red wine lovers. Now onto the cheeses, it has to be both Amarone from Bertani and/or vintage Port. Then, a family quiz happens (but never totally completed) but this argument, I mean quiz, will be a great time for the family to sample the weird and wonderful 1991 Mortlach Planeta Whisky [more on that story here], finished in Nero d’Avola casks from Planeta, which will help digest a great Christmas lunch.”
Meanwhile Tim, buyer for France has a couple of gallic suggestions " How about Fleurie Poncié 2008 from Domaine du Vissoux with the turkey and some Pacherenc Arricau Bordes 2006 with the pud?" Whilst Daniel, his New World counterpart,reckons that "There is only one wine this year to accompany turkey, goose, duck or ham - Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz!!!" (Although he's going to be in South Africa so not sure how he's arranged that.)
Edgar has a mouthwatering lineup:
2004 Jean Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets x1
2000 Barolo Sori’ Ginestra Conterno Fantino x1
2008 Peter Lehmann Barossa Semillon x2
2004 Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Dugat
Meanwhile Kate is heading back home to the Barossa, where they'll be having "a glass or two of Sparkling Shiraz, naturally!"