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Christmas is around the corner and our team have shared what they will be drinking and eating on Christmas day – It is definitely going to be a special day!!
“How about sharing a Thiénot Cuvée Garance 2008 MAGNUM and some Scottish smoked salmon on brioche toasts ? They work so beautifully together. Fantastic Blanc de Rouges. Lots of character. Amazing vintage. And magnums are always best!”. Christophe Galez
“Oysters are my absolute favourite!! I could have them everyday but they taste even more special at Christmas. I enjoy them with a nice glass of Riesling. I would choose a memorable wine, such as Beblenheim Riesling from Trapet. It has such good acidity and minerality throughout and together with the sharp citrusy and lime peel flavours, it works really well with the oysters.” Estelle Galez
“My Christmas will generally take place in and around the kitchen, in PJs of course.
So apron strategically placed, I will open the festivities with a few gougères and a glass or two of fresh, crisp and delicate Thienot Brut NV while our lobsters and crabs are relaxing in their hot tub…”
Food for Christmas should be warm and comforting, cooked with minimum effort.
My favourite main course would be a ‘Blanquette de Veau’, in its generous, unctuous creamy sauce, washed down by a rich, structured and ripe, elegant and floral Pouilly-Fuisse Secret Mineral Denis Jeandeau 2010, in magnum of course and not too chilled please!
I can’t imagine the perfect Christmas lunch without the king of cheeses: a firm, buttery & nutty Beaufort from Haute Savoie, complemented by a full-bodied, dark, captivating, and truly amazing Oreno IGT Toscana Sette Ponti 2010 “. Christophe Jeandeau
“Xmas day, belly full of niceties, everyone is collapsed in front of the telly to watch the latest Wallace and Gromit and indulge in a bit of dozing when out of nowhere a cheese platter appears! No one wants any! It is 5pm and you just had dessert.
BUT… there is a Magnum of Dixon Double Diamonds next to it and lots of lovely crackers. I cannot resist and nor can anyone else around! Round 2 has just started!!! Tasting note: rhaaa lovely!!! Pairing: any cheese so long as it is with a bunch of people you love… Don’t you just love Xmas?”. François Darriet
“On Christmas morning we always open a bottle of Champagne Thiénot Brut NV with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. At 10.30am without fail – it sets the mood for the day. The wine for Christmas day that everyone will enjoy during a traditional festive lunch – Turkey with all the trimmings- has to be the totally delicious Château Rahoul 2010 en magnum. A great vintage that is drinking well now and goes that little bit further in magnum format. Lovely!” ! Nick Wolridge
“For me, being born on Christmas day, it is a double celebration so it has to be Champagne bubbles!! I particularly love Champagne Thiénot magnums designed by Street Artist Speedy Graphito – they were a great success last Christmas when we got them out. Thienot NV is perfect to get things started before the main event, served with nibbles and canapés and if you haven’t finished , you can finish your glass with some oysters.
Magnums are special- they taste better, look impressive – I think I better put my Christmas order in now!”.Anna Grente
“I love cooking, combining new favours and get crazy with new cooking experiment!!
Planning our Christmas dinner is so difficult, every year the same fantastic people, closest friends and family.
Every year is a different menu, this is the reason why we have always an exciting time!
Different dishes in my mind, for the starters it will be different flavours of pasta and cured meat. For the main courses this year I am going to cook a lovely sea bream with lemon, extra virgin oil and parsley, which I will serve with sautéed vegetables. This will go beautifully with Sancerre Jean-Max Roger – in a magnum bottle as it is Christmas after all!. I usually cook a turkey, chicken and red meat but this year I am going to slow cook a pork belly with lentils, a lovely recipe from back home in Sicily. On the side, we are going to have plenty of lovely chunky chips. For a perfect match, I am going to pick Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2011. This silky Saint–Emilion, with its delicate fruity and floral notes, will sublimate the various textures and flavours of the pork dish”. Ilario Terranova
“Christmas is one of my favourite time of the year. A well-earned rest after a hard working year.
Christmas day is always particularly special for me. A day of joy, good food and wine with the family.
A magnum of Barolo Gallinotto , Mauro Molino 2012 would be the ideal partner for the day. A ripe and perfumed wine, with a velvety texture and super fine tannins. Perfect with or without food , shame it won’t last long enough ! “. Thierry Morigeon
Happy Christmas from all of us!!