Just the 2 of us and the kids this year so it’s been a tricky decision on red or white but think I’m leaning towards Stonier KBS Chardonnay 2015 from the Mornington Peninsula. Just grabbed a 6 pack and hoping I’m not too late and find it’s on the decline!
We’re having Turkey (boo, boo, boo), however, my mum has said she will also cook either some pork or roast ham (yay! although the story does make me sound like the Grinch before Christmas, I assure the collective that it wasn’t just me who harrumphed a little bit at turkey).
Frankly, I don’t know what to serve ( as it will be my responsibility). I’m thinking Grüner Veltliner, though could be swayed to Rioja. Choices, choices.
(And as a footnote, Boxing Day shall be a huge rib of beef. And that will most definitely be some sort of claret or claret-alike! ).
Snap. Except for the Weber bit.
Turkey for me. Having Domaine Arcelain Pommard Les Noizons 2010 which I picked up in Waitrose in their recent buy 6 offer. Not sure how it’s going to be drinking so have a bottle of this as back up.
Just me and the other half on Christmas day itself, and we usually start the day with a long walk in the Downs, and feast late afternoon, rather than lunchtime. But anyway, starter is Michel Roux’s oysters two ways (Kilpatrick and Rockefeller) with Jules Camuset Champagne; main is clementine, ginger and hoisin roast duck, which will be accompanied by Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer Réserve Grand Cru Eichberg, 2012 (was going to open this on my birthday, but seemed criminal not to pair it with the duck!); Dessert is our favourite - panatone bread and butter pudding, which should be nice with a couple glasses of Pajzos Tokaji – ‘H’ Late Harvest Hárslevelű, 2015.
Christmas Eve with the daughter will be Künstler Assmannshauser Rosé Brut Nature 2018 with apple and chestnut soup and with a main of mushroom wellington, roasties and chard, a Jean-Renè Germanier Syrah ‘Classic’, Valais, Switzerland 2018. Dessert is yet to be decided…
I think it was your report back in February that prompted me to withdraw from reserves…
Right ! It’s decided ! I’m coming to yours and dragging the kids along …. Space for 3 more ?
There’s always room for you and yours, @Leah!
Aaw , if only I lived closer
Going to friends for Christmas lunch and not quite sure about the exact menu. My understanding is a bit retro:
Prawn cocktail - I’m going for Exhibition Alvarinho 2021
Beef or salmon Wellington - Kooyong pinot noir 2017
Xmas pud - Tokaji Aszu, can’t remember the year off hand but probably late 90’s or early 2000’. *
Unconfirmed rumours of a cheese course so not sure about this yet. Also aperitif still to be decided. Ah, the stress of Christmas, but at least I don’t have to cook!
- Edit: actually 1988, 5 puttonyos. Hope everyone likes it!
At the In-laws this year so without fail I can look forward to Turkey + trimmings then Christmas pudding. There will be 5 drinkers, 4 of whom have small children so one bottle just won’t cut the mustard.
This thread has initiated a perusal of the spreadsheet. Only thing definitely joining us in the car is a bottle of this to go with the pud
The rest is tbc for now
Wondering what effect the small children have on the number of bottles needed? Does their presence increase or reduce the requirement?
Unfortunately, that depends entirely upon them. It could go either way.
On special request from Mrs Jos, Bründlmayer Riesling Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben 1ÖTW, Kamptal 2014
We tried the 2011 the other day, which was sublime, so on Christmas day we will see how the 2014 fares.
We’ll be having fillet of doe, with Château Giscours 2012, and Mas de Daumas Gassac 2011 as backup. For dessert, a chestnut bûche de Noël, and a bottle of gewurztraminer SGN - yet to decide between Hugel 1988 or Ernest Burn Clos St-Imer 1998.
At my daughters place looking after twin girls. Keeping sober will be difficult starting with castelnau champagne and with beef wellington, Musar 2009 ( any decanting time suggestion)
Last crusted port .
Not allowed to James. Going to a fellow WS Member (who I joined) and incomers are banned! Boxing Day another matter though!
Sounds like you’re in good hands though. I buoy!
Edit: er, that should read enjoy!
Smoked Salmon for starters with Champagne, picture later as I can’t remember what it is.
Turkey and trimmings with a Pinot ( Burgundy), decisions required very soon.
Christmas pud TBA
Is that “to be announced”, or " trockenbeerenauslese"?