Christmas 2019 is speeding towards us, and before we know it the streets will be lined with twinkling lights and the air filled with the scent of cinnamon. As thoughts turn to how we will be spending the festive season, there is one thing everyone would like to be better informed about – how to pick the best wine for Christmas dinner? After all, with so many different tastebuds to please, it can be quite the challenge. Luckily, our experts have you covered, with the best festive grapes, how much you should spend and where in Monaco to buy your drinks of choice. Host with the most, here you come!
Traditional wine for Christmas in Monaco
Like anywhere in the world, Monaco has its own unique Christmas traditions, developed over seven centuries of festive seasons. As wine is usually paired with food, we need to look at what the Monegasques typically eat on Christmas day to establish what to drink. Luckily, the meat is not too different from the rest of the Western world; turkey (or similar white meats such as capon or even coq au vin), sometimes with an extra luxurious touch of foie gras.
As turkey is quite a light meat, we always recommend a full-bodied white over a red. However, there will always be those who need a rich, fruity red wine to get them into the spirit of Christmas, and what’s a celebration without Champagne?
The best wines for Christmas dinner 2019
With that in mind, we’ve sourced the best Champagne, white and red wines for Christmas this year, whether you’re trying to save the pennies or want to treat yourself.
What’s worth splashing out on?
Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut 2009
This exquisite Champagne has a beautiful freshness to it, and is sure to put a spring in the step of even the most Scrooge-like family members. It is refined in taste, while still holding multiple layers of perfectly-matched flavour. Prices start from about €100 per bottle.
Domaine Francois Mikulski Meursault 2017
This Meursault is perfect for accompanying wintery, seasonal flavours, offering a well-rounded flavour contrasting nutty richness with lemon acidity. On sale from €60.
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009
Red wine for Christmas doesn’t get much better than this – enjoy the taste of dark plums, dark cherries, candied prunes and raisins, dark chocolate, jammy black fruit and spice, all in one incredibly heartwarming drink. Buy it from €65.
Where can you save?
Champalou Vouvray Brut Méthode Traditionnelle
Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t taste luxury. Straight from the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, this delightfully floral Champagne offers excellent bubble formation and a honeyed finish. It is one of the best wines for Christmas dinner toasting; yours from only €16!
Barboursville Reserve Viognier 2015
This exotically-spiced white wine is a good go-to for those who love the festive flavour of eggnog, but who don’t want to drink such a creamy beverage with every meal. It tastes like Christmas, and we’d happily pay €18.50 a bottle for that!
Domaine la Soumade Rasteau 2016
A deep, rich and flavourful Rhône blend straight from the village of Rasteau, you’ll be reminded of warm, fuzzy Christmas memories as you sip on this delicate blend of spices and red fruits. Buy it from €14.35.
Best shops to get wine in Monaco
Wine Palace Monte-Carlo
This spacious, grandiose wine shop is always a pleasure to visit, with a modern layout that makes it very easy to see all the best wines for Christmas dinner on display. Expert staff are always on hand to recommend the best grape to suit your palette. Find it conveniently placed in the Monaco Yacht Club.
At this charming boutique, wine is not just a beverage but a passion for the mixture of wine lovers and trained sommeliers who work here. With an incredible selection, this is the kind of place you can happily spend hours browsing. Located on Rue Princesse Caroline.
Les Grands Chais Monegasques
Welcome to the oldest wine cellar in all of Monaco! Coming here is a real experience, with an onsite delicatessen perfect for picking up last-minute Christmas gifts, not to mention wine and rare alcohol as far as the eyes can see. Drop by on Rue Baron de Sainte-Suzanne.
If you’re looking for property for sale in Monaco and hope to move in time for your first Monaco Christmas, we hope this guide has given you all the information you need to celebrate like a local. Get ready for the best festive season yet!