I feel, comparatively (embarrassingly?), like theres a generally lackadaisical level of preplanning going on here
Theoretically, it’s going to be (because it’s kind of a routine)…
Christmas Eve (our evening):
Seafood (wishlist of Lobster and Scallops, see what the market has to offer) with a 2014 Le Faite Blanc St Mont
Venison or Mallard with Barolo or Barbaresco. It’s 6 years since I last had a 2010 Cascina Adelaide Fossati, so the cross hairs are firmly fixed on that as we speak, and last year I tried to half arse it and go for a Bricco del Drago. Did not cut the mustard
And with a dessert-yet-to-be-decided (but will definitely be fruit based) it will be Jurancon - my mind is telling me a 2014 Jardins de Babylone. We’ll see.
Christmas day at her mums, will, unfortunatley, be ‘traditional’:
So likely Prawn Cocktail, probably with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
Turkey ‘with all the trimmings’ with something equally bland and crowd pleasing (did that sound glib?) - I never pair it right with turkey, any suggestions? I’m thinking Spatburgunder or even white.
and Christmas Pudding. Which is a pain to pair with, I’m thinking Madeira.
Then Boxing Day should be at my mums, where we all cook/prepare a course and bring it along (and I bring the wine ):
Mains (mine this year): Treacle Fillet of Beef with braised Ox Cheek and Celeriac Mousseline. It has to be a big 'un (really big!), and quite fruit forward to go with all that richness, so I’m erring on the side of 2015 Bordeaux - Ch. Olivier PL, or even, if I’m feeling particularly generous (or equally, insane), Magnum of Malescot St Exupery Margaux or Langoa Barton St Julien.
I’m yet to know what the other courses are, so wines cellar is on 48 hours notice.