Have you packed your rosé away along with your flip flops? Well get it out because it is perfect to drink with food at this time of year. Aside from the instagrammable colour, we love rosé because it is easy to drink, crisp and bright. That makes it perfect to enjoy with the food we’re likely to be tucking into over the next month and beyond. I find red wine can send me into a stupor when combined with a giant Christmas dinner but a Provencal rosé, like those produced by Mirabeau Wine, feels lighter and more invigorating.
If anyone questions your right to uncork the pink stuff when it is frosty out, then tell them this… If you love rosé in summer then you’ll love it in winter. Not sure if it will work with what you’re eating? Think about what flavours the meal will have and then what flavours are needed to balance it. I always add acidity in the form of lemon, lime or vinegar at the end of a dish to brighten up flavour, a glass of rosé drunk with a meal does the same thing.
When food is deeply savoury and salty – think pigs in blankets, gravy, smoked salmon, roast turkey and stuffing – having a bright wine to drink will offset some of the richness. When you make your Christmas day gravy, it is transformative to add a splash of rosé just before serving – and once the bottle is open it will be perfect to drink with your dinner.
My perfect post-Christmas sandwich
A rosé is also a perfect accompaniment for my favourite meal of the year – the boxing day sarnie. All the flavour with none of the work. Here’s how I make my sandwich of the year…
The Festive French dip
Grab a slice of your favourite sourdough and toast it slightly. Spread leftover bread sauce, instead of butter, then layer up sliced turkey, stuffing, rocket (arugula in the US) Dijon, cranberry sauce and plenty of Maldon salt. If you’ve got any leftover pigs in blankets, slice them and add them too. I like mine to be served open without a top layer of bread but if you want to go the full shebang, top it with another slice of sourdough and serve it with a pot of re-heated turkey gravy when you are cocooned on the sofa. Dip the sandwich into the gravy before each bite. Dirty but delicious.
Win a magnum of rosé and my Christmas cooking guide
Win a magnum of Mirabeau rosé as well as my Christmas cooking guide – with over 30 recipes and time plans for Christmas feasts with friends, a stress-free Christmas day and how to love your leftovers. To enter you need to follow me and @mirabeauwine on Instagram and like the photo I’ve shared. Tag any friends who’d like to take part too. 5 runners up will get a copy of my Christmas cooking guide. The winner will be picked at random and will be announced on 14th December 2018. If you prefer to get your hands on my Christmas cooking guide ASAP. You can buy it now.