Christmas drinks guide - the best wines and local beers

PUBLISHED: 11:09 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:09 22 December 2014

Noggin Filler 5% ABV, Peak Ales

Noggin Filler 5% ABV, Peak Ales


Derbyshire Life asks local specialists for their suggestions of what to drink this Christmas

‘We are bombarded with choices at this time of year, especially when it comes to food and drink. We also like to spoil ourselves and buy something a little special, so we need to get it right,’ says renowned local wine merchant John Hattersley. ‘Here is a snapshot guide to help you make the best choice this festive season.’


Champagne Lallier Grand Cru Grand Réserve Brut NV

100% Grand Cru grapes go into this fantastically elegant Champagne bursting with freshness and backed by a full, classic, biscuity and toasty palate. It is superb as a pre-dinner drink and matches all those lovely little canapés, and don’t forget to serve it on Christmas morning with your smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

Price: £26.95 per bottle*, £60 per magnum


Pouilly Fumé Le Fusil de Chasse 2012, Loire

Pure Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with bright fruit flavours, lovely zesty notes and the typical cool streak of minerality essential to this classic French wine. It will sit nicely on your table alongside all manner of dishes from goats’ cheese to a variety of seafood. Price: £14.99*

Gavi La Battistina 2013, Piemonte, Italy

A high quality single estate multi-award winning wine which is at once complex, fresh and weighty and again will take you from appetisers through to lighter main courses and drinks delightfully on its own too. Price: £8.95*


Dolcetto d’Alba Poderi Colla 2012, Piemonte Italy

This is such a food-friendly wine with ripe cherry and plum notes and gentle tannins. It will pair well with your turkey amongst many other dishes or enjoy it on its own. 
Price: £11.75*

Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc 2010, Bordeaux

Fabulous Bordeaux from a fabulous vintage oozing class and charm. Eminently drinkable with simple berry flavours balanced by fine tannins, making it perfect for beef dishes and afterwards too. Price: £17.50*


Port Krohn LBV 2009

Bags of characteristic flavours such as jammy plum, soft spice and with a rich long finish. It will pair superbly with full-flavoured cheeses and even fruit pies. Price: £14.25*

Sauternes Promesse de Rabaud Promis 2009

Classic Sauternes for your dessert wine, balancing elegance, opulence and a touch of modernity with an unctuously smooth palate, touches of tangerine orange. As good with puddings as it is with ripe blue cheeses. 
Price: £12.50* (half bottle)

John Hattersley’s annual grand tasting takes place on 28th November, 2-8pm, and 29th November, 10.30am–3pm, at The Wine Warehouse, Milford, Bakewell. *For details of offers contact 01629 815255 or visit


Spiced Christmas Porter 5% ABV

Mulled porter, full of rich festive spices.

Food match: Roasted and smoked flavoursome meat, sausages and long-aged mature cheeses.

Derby Brewing Company (01332 365366);

White Christmas 5.5% ABV

Flavoursome, rich pale ale with a full hop finish. Derby Brewing Company’s beer that returns every year without fail.

Food match: Grilled lamb, spiced chicken, homemade burgers and milder blue cheeses.

Derby Brewing Company (01332 365366);

Noggin Filler 5% ABV

Classic, traditional dark winter ale. Maris Otter pale ale, crystal malts and roast barley combine with Fuggles hops to create a distinctive and warming beer, ideal for the winter months.

Food match: White meats such as turkey or mince pies.

Peak Ales, Chesterfield (01246 583737)

Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout 7.4% ABV

Smooth and warming with rich dark flavours of molasses, liquorice and chocolate with a subtle peatiness.

Food match: Christmas pudding or any type of chocolate.

Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell (01629 815999)

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