"You know Christmas is nearly here when you start planning your festive drinks. It’s a good time to think about trying something new — maybe a fruitier white to go with your Christmas Day meal or a new fizz for your New Year celebration? At Co-op, we have a huge range of beers, wines and spirits for you.
This year, my winter drink of choice is a glass of Les Cardinaux Côtes du Rhône, a deliciously spicy red created by top French winemakers Perrin, who also make wine for Brad Pitt — so I’m in good company there! I’m also very proud of our Les Pionniers NV Champagne, which, for the second year running, has won a coveted award at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. It’s great to share a bottle at a Christmas party or to raise a glass to ring in the New Year. I’m also a self-confessed gin lover and our new Irresistible Pink Grapefruit & Elderflower Gin Liqueur is superb on its own, but equally turns a glass of Co-op Prosecco into an instant cocktail for your party guests.
If beer or lager are your thing, give our golden Triple Hop ale a go. And our wonderful Czech lager is malty, with a hint of citrus. Both are great with party snacks. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite wines here and matched them to some products and recipes in the magazine for you. Enjoy the festive season!"
SIMON CAIRNS, Trading manager, Co-op beer, wine & spirits
We’re proud that a selection of our most impressive wines have won coveted awards at the International Wine Challenge, the Decanter World Wine Awards and The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships this year — check them out!
9 of the best...
The hottest wines in Co-op this Christmas!
1 Co-op Irresistible Treacle & Ale Gammon Joint + Co-op Irresistible 30° Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir Gammon is a Christmas staple, so be sure to choose our Irresistible joint. This fruity red wine has fantastic red berry flavours that add a cranberry sauce edge to the meat.
2 Feast of the fishes with cheese fries + Co-op Irresistible Leyda Valley Sauvignon BlancThis fresh, zesty Sauvignon from the cool Leyda Valley in Chile is a great match for any fish dish, so try it with our seafood stew — it’s packed with salmon, cod, mussels and prawns.
3 Christmas lasagne + Co-op Ruby Port Our festive take on traditional lasagne features a generous measure of port in the ragù for extra depth of Christmassy flavour. So it seems appropriate to enjoy a glass of our warming, plummy ruby port on the side!
4 Co-op Irresistible Vintage Cheddar & Red Onion Chutney Soufflé + Co-op Les Pionniers NV Champagne Bring some sparkle to your table and have a glass of bubbles with your Christmas starter. Our award-winning Les Pionniers NV Champagne balances this rich soufflé.
5 Creamy Brussels sprout bake + Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay A great way to convert the anti-sprout brigade, our creamy veggie bake goes brilliantly with this Australian Chardonnay: it’s a soft and fruity white that proves a versatile choice for a wide range of dishes.
6 Parsnip & rosemary risotto + Co-op Fairtrade Chardonnay-Viognier This peachy white wine, made by one of South Africa’s oldest and most established wineries, is full-bodied enough to handle the earthy richness of the tasty risotto recipe from our leftovers feature.
7 Co-op Irresistible Scottish smoked salmon + Co-op Irresistible Explorers Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Our salmon and this New Zealand white go hand in hand. The wine has a tropical fruit flavour that really complements the salmon.
8 Classic steak pie + Co-op Irresistible Fairtrade Malbec The Argentines are massive fans of steak, and Malbec is their flagship wine — we think they’re onto a good thing. Enjoy a glass with this classic steak pie from our Hogmanay feast.
9 Co-op Irresistible Spiced Salted Caramel & Rum Mince Pies + Co-op Tawny Port These amazing mince pies have a boozy caramel twist that complements the nutty toffee flavours of our tawny port.