This Christmas, take time out to plan which wines you plan to buy to make the occasion extra special. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all, so why not check out the best reds, whites and sparklings available to make the festive season go with a swing.


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Do Your Research

There are plenty of wine merchants offering reviews of their top picks for the Christmas party season, so have a look at what they’re saying and make a shortlist of what you like.

Whether you’re having turkey, goose, beef or something a bit less traditional, try and match your wine to your meat and think about which wines your guests might prefer.

A sparkling or crisp white wine is perfect for Christmas morning, when you might be tucking into smoked salmon before cooking for the main feast. You will also need to think about wines which go well with snacks and canapés and make your Boxing Day leftovers taste great.

Online wine merchants in Northern Ireland offer a wide selection of cheap reds and whites for parties, emergency visitors and late-night suppers when you can just fit in one more bite to eat.

They also have tasty reds with festive flavours of plum, cherry and chocolate to warm you up on a cold evening, and fine champagnes and sparkling wines to make the occasion special.

You may want to consider looking at an online wine merchant such as to find what you are looking for.

Have a Budget

According to Decanter magazine, you don’t have to spend a lot to impress your guests at Christmas. They suggest it is more about picking the right bottle for the right moment, and they offer a list of recommended wines all under £15 a bottle.

Once you know what your budget is, you can choose accordingly. Buying online makes it easy to see which wines are available within your price range, and you can add wines you like the look of to a wishlist.

You can also compare similar types of wine, and many websites have the facility to match their wines with particular types of food. If you are fond of a particular grape variety or wine-growing region, you can also narrow your search down to make it easier.