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Master of Wine Phillipa Carr chooses her favourite wines for the festive season and tells us what to pair them with. From light whites for a seafood starter to full bodied reds that pair perfectly with rich turkey gravy and pigs in blankets, you can count on us this Christmas.

Our favourite wines for the traditional Christmas lunch 

Christmas lunch might be a smaller affair than in other years, but whatever you choose for your festive roast - pick a red that's a match to the full-on flavours of all those scrumptious side dishes like pigs in blankets, rich gravy and honey roast parsnips.

Ursa Major Rioja Reserva

A seriously smoky, toasty Rioja Reserva that matches perfectly all the rich flavours of the Christmas roast, which is also on promotion for just £7.99 (11th December - 2nd January, normally £9)

Chilean Classic Pinot Noir

Such a lovely wine that gives so many French Pinot Noirs a real run for their money, and is a really good price point at £7.50. Elegant, poised and packed with raspberry flavours.

Wines to Pair with Seafood 

Seafood or fishy starters like coquilles st jacques or smoked salmon are such a wonderful treat: why not ramp up the luxury with an indulgent glass or two of classy white wine.

Bourgogne Chardonnay

Selected from northerly vineyards in France's Burgundy region of Yonne, this is a stunning white wine balancing bright acidity with creamy flavours. Perfect with all fish and seafood. Sheer class in a glass for £7.99

Sicilian Grillo

In the darkest months of winter we all could do with some Sicilian sunshine, and here is an orange blossom bottle of joy. This bottle is only £6.49 and is dry, citrussy and bursting with flavour.

Vegetarian or Vegan Wine Pairings 

We're all more conscious than ever of sustainability and the world around us. So if you're looking for wines which are organic or suitable for vegetarians or vegans, SPAR has some great choices. We're also working closely with our wine producers to make ALL our SPAR brand wines vegan friendly so check out our labels for an even wider selection.

Orbis Organic Tempranillo

Fruity, plump and chunky, here's a wine that's gorgeously rich, and full of flavour. This would make a smooth match to a vegetarian wellington Christmas lunch centrepiece, even better as it's on promotion for just £5.99 for Christmas. (11th December - 2nd January, normally £7.50)

Vine & Bloom Vegan Pinot Grigio

Another classic that's on special offer for just £5.49! This is such a light and refreshing Pinot Grigio from Italy - tasty with whole roasted cauliflower, vegan curry or just a glass on its own with homemade kale crisps. Delish! (11th December - 2nd January, normally £7)

Fabulous Fizz 

Whoever you'll be spending Christmas with this year, a glass of sparkling is a great way to celebrate simply being together. SPAR has a brilliant range of sparkling wines from Cava to Prosecco to Champagne, so there's definitely going to be a bottle to suit the occasion as well as your pocket. Pop instore to find a fizz in the chiller - and in the meantime, here are two of our top picks.

Prosecco Rosé

Launched just in time for Christmas at a special offer of £7.99, Prosecco Rosé has to be the sparkler of the season. Beautiful label, lovely delicate flavours and just the fizz for a Christmas morning treat.

Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG

A top of the (Christmas) tree Prosecco that's super elegant, lightly fruity and the perfect glass to wish everyone you know a safe, happy and healthy New Year, grab a bottle (or two) at your local SPAR for £10.50

Gifts for your Favourite People 

The festive season is the perfect time to say 'thank you' to all the people you know who have gone that extra mile this year; be they teachers, care workers, delivery drivers, or neighbours, friends and family. Treat someone you care about to a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a bottle of indulgent sunshine - a promise of brighter days ahead.

Fern Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Clean, green and brisk, this is a brilliant Marlborough Sauvignon. Perfect for Zoom parties, delicious with food, it's almost too good to give away…. especially at the reasonable price of £7.50

Regional Selection Primitivo

For £6.75 get this gorgeously smooth winter-warming red from Southern Italy that's simply choc-full of sun-drenched fruit. A wine for dreaming of get-togethers to come.

Box Set Beauties

Snuggle into your onesie, pour a glass of one of Britain's most popular grape varieties and hunker down for the holiday with your No 1 box set. Christmas? It's sorted.

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