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Five Festive Fancies with Balfour Wines

One of the great joys of the festive season is all the snacks and nibbles we get to consume. But whether you are hosting a party or about to put on a classic Christmas movie with some of your favourite yuletide treats, Balfour is here with some perfect food and wine pairings to elevate your Christmas to the tastiest of levels.

Here are five of our favourite Christmas food and wine pairings:

Balfour Brut Rosé 2018 – Is there a more classic canapé than Salmon blinis? This decadent party snack calls for an elegant drink with acidity to cut through the oily fish, and you get all the finesse needed in our Balfour Brut Rosé. With delicate crunchy raspberry fruit notes and a little herbal twist, this will further enhance your canapé if topped with some caviar and dill.

Leslie’s Reserve Red NV – Would this be a Christmas food and wine pairing if we didn’t bring up the Mince pies? Typically mulled wine, sweeter Madeira, and port-like wines go very well with this fruity and spicey sweet treat. Well, we are about to bring you something just as good, and entirely unique; a sparkling red wine, made from Pinot Noir. This has the lightness and brightness of Pinot, a soft sweetness and then dried cranberry-redcurrant notes with a slightly herbal, black pepper edge. It pairs perfectly with the sweetness of dried fruits and sweet baking spices.

Leslie’s Reserve Gold NV – Sometimes we just need snacks, and sometimes those snacks need to be popcorn. This is where our Leslie’s Reserve Gold comes into play. Named ‘Gold’ as it is an off-dry style, with its lemon sherbet and honey notes, this is great to pair with a delicious bag of caramel-flavored popcorn.

Springfield Chardonnay 2018 – Is it really Christmas if you don’t have cheese? A semi-soft aged cheese like Comté with its slight nuttiness will go beautifully with the modest creaminess and almond flake notes of this wine. The Chardonnay also has beautiful English green apple acidity making it a perfect partner with proteins. The fact that it’s quite light and refreshing in style means you can also add onto your platter some soft cheeses such as brie. Equally, it will handle the addition of some dried fruits, grapes and those nutty options like walnuts and pecans.

Nannette’s Rose 2021 – Rosé wine and sunshine may go hand in hand, but don’t be dismissing your pink wines too quickly this winter. Rosé has the ability to pair with so many dishes, it is surprisingly gastronomic. Our Nannette’s Rose is fruity, floral and aromatic with a lovely texture and refreshing acidity. This makes it ideal with a tray of Indian-inspired party snacks. Our full-flavoured pink, pairs amazingly with the aromatic spices of a Samosa with the acidity cleansing your palate between bites.

Whatever your selection this year, may your holidays be filled with happiness, cheer and wonderful tastings.

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