Ravishing reds to rev up your roast

Personally, I’m a goose guy, but when turkey tastes as good as the KellyBronze turkeys from Paul Kelly, I wonder and fully suspect witchcraft. 

And to cast an appropriate wine spell over your festive roast, you need to get planning. White is fine if you’re a stickler for a lighter style – just make sure you pick something with welly like the Co-op’s Silène Chardonnay AOP Limoux 2016 (13.5%) for £9.99. 

But for me, this is a chance to pull out some royal reds. Some swear by France’s Rhône reds, and if you want to splash on a Grenache-heavy Châteauneuf-du-Pape, I’d be the first in line to proffer my glass. 

But I think casting your net a bit wider can give something a little unexpected without having to sell the presents from under the tree. 

Elsewhere in France, you’ve got talented winemakers such as Katie Jones, and my top pick with turkey is Domaine Jones Grenache Noir 2015 (14.5%), which has recently landed at The Wine Society for £12.50. 

It’s a wine so good that the first sip brings instant regret that the bottle must end – so do yourself a favour and buy six. 

Spain is also a good place to look, and if big wines are your thing, Priorat has some Grenache-led blends that are frankly stunners such as Les Sentius Joan Simo 2011 (15.5%), which you can find at swig.co.uk for £22. 

Or how about Rhône blends from South Africa? Corksout.com has Marc Kent’s ever-gorgeous blend The Chocolate Block by Boekenhoutskloof 2016 (14%), on sale for £20.99. 

It’s one of my favourite red blends in the world. For me, ripe reds with a bit of oomph are the way to go with turkey. As for the high street, I’ll pick out some widely available options as well as some little-known gems above. 

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