Christmas tipples that will make the season special

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O tidings of comfort and joy ... from delectable novelties to traditional turkey and sumptuous treats, wining and dining over the Christmas holiday can be one of life’s most enjoyable experiences.

Indeed, this colourful menu is a wonderful excuse to tuck into a drop of what you fancy – whether it’s wines with broad appeal that can stand up to the myriad of flavours, or a prized bottle to herald the most important meal of the year.

To put some sparkle into the ritual of opening stockings, a glass of prosecco will not only spread some festive cheer, but the chef can happily quaff Vina Jolanda Prosecco Extra Dry, Italy (£7, 11.5 per cent, Asda).

As the oven clock ticks down to the main event, seafood starters such as smoked salmon or trout pate will gain more mileage if they’re served with lively white wine with good acidity and mineral notes.

Voted the best match with smoked salmon by What Food, was What Wine? 2012, Vina Mar Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Chile (£8.95, {http://www.corneyandbarrow.com|www.corneyandbarrow.com|Click here to visit Corney and Barrow).

Fresh and vibrant with kiwi on the nose and gooseberry and elderflower mingling with hints of grapefruit, it’s extremely pleasant and delicate enough to enjoy on its own.