Ah. Decisions, decisions…The sheer range of different wines available at Christmas can be pretty confusing. Which wine to drink, when and with what and whom? Allow us to give you a nudge in the right direction. Here’s our pick of the wines to drink during silly season and on the big day itself.

The One to drink while icing the Christmas cake

Rude Reserve Blanc 2017, Cotes de Gascogne, France

Ensure the chef as well as the Christmas cake is well ‘fed’ with this fresh, bright, aromatic white with citrus notes and a juicy palate complete with a lick of fruit salad sweetness on the finish.

The One to drink while decorating the tree

Casas de Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2014, Chile

Something warming is required for the challenging yet ultimately satisfying task of decorating the tree, even if you do have to completely redecorate it once the children/spouse has gone to bed. A ‘Best in Show’ trophy winner at the Wines of Chile Awards, this wine has a fresh, feminine style with plenty of black cherry fruit and savoury spice.

The One to drink whilst wrapping the presents

Torre de Falesco Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, 2014, Italy

Conjur up the festive spirit with this rich, complex red with aromas of plums, cherries and dark chocolate alongside flavours of raisins and nutmeg. Very Christmassy!

The One to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve

Alto de la Ballena Tannat-Merlot-Cabernet Franc, Uruguay 2012

Santa is sure to appreciate the mellow and ripe cherry flavours balanced out by notes of raisins and soft spice. Perfect with a mince pie or two!

The One to wake up to on Christmas day

Rude Prosecco DOC, Italy

Perfect for brunch and to drink while opening those all important presents! This light, citrussy fizz raises the Prosecco bar with its crisp, fresh fruit and mouth-watering bubbles.

The One to quaff while peeling the sprouts

The Berry Box White 2018, South Africa

The Berry Box blends classic bedfellows Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a splash of Viognier. The result? A mouthwatering tropical medley that’s as versatile as it is delicious. Equally good on its own or with pre-dinner nibbles.

The One to drink with a seafood starter

Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvée 2013, Hampshire, England

Keep it local with this premium English Sparkling wine made from a blend of classic champagne grapes. It can give any top-notch champagne a run for its money with its fine, creamy mousse, toasty aromas and notes of ripe peach and brioche. Perfect for a dinner-table toast and for sipping with your smoked salmon.

The One to drink with the turkey or goose

Fratelli Ponte Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Treat your bird to the perfect partner with this finely tuned, Italian classic for a truly festive occasion. The palate on this wine is dense but velvety, with notes of blackberries, savoury spice and smooth, structured tannins.

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The One to savour over dessert

Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2015, Mosel (187ml)

As thoughts turn to all things sweet (again!), pick the perfect wine for the dessert course. This luscious wine, made from the Riesling grape is intensely aromatic, as should be expected, with classic, heady notes of honey, peaches, and tangerine. Hold on to your glass, it’s going to be emotional!

The One to sip while stuffing yourself with Stilton

Quinta da Romaneira 2008, Vintage Port

Pull out all the stops at the end of the meal with a rich Vintage Port to sip slowly with a mountain of cheese (remember to decant at least two hours before serving). This fine port is a dense, purple colour, and has a full-bodied soft palate with a long, dark fruited finish. If there’s any left after the meal, it makes a perfect fireside companion with which to snooze away the rest of Christmas day.