How to Pair Flavours in Your Christmas Hamper
For a truly personalised Christmas gift, you can Build a Hamper at Virginia Hayward to create a festive surprise that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Once you’ve chosen a hamper, box or sack, you can take your pick from more than 700 delectable products to fill it with, then complete it with a special festive message and even add a photograph before it’s sent to its very lucky recipient!
However, with so many delicious food and drinks to choose from when you create your own affordable Christmas hamper, you may not know where to begin. For inspiration, why not consider how to pair flavours in your Christmas hamper, and choose food and drinks that complement one another to build an irresistible festive surprise gift that’s ready to be unwrapped, shared and savoured.
To help you get started with building the perfect Christmas hamper, we’ll share some of our favourite food and drinks pairings that are both classic and contemporary, and sure to be very well-received!
Perfect wine pairings for your Christmas hamper
Many of the hampers in our Christmas hampers collection include a bottle or two of fine wine, ready to be uncorked and enjoyed with family and friends. When building your own Christmas hamper for a friend, family member, or valued client or colleague, a bottle of wine is a great place to start, as there are so many perfect food pairings with wine that are well-suited to the season’s celebrations.
Wine and cheese is a favourite combination for Christmas, and a cheese lover would be thrilled to receive a gift hamper that’s filled with their favourite cheeses.
Light white wines such as Chardonnay, Prosecco and Sauvignon Blanc pair well with creamy and fresh-flavoured cheeses such as Camembert and Brie; on the other hand, red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are great accompaniments to stronger-flavoured cheeses like Cheddar and Wensleydale – and not forgetting the classic duo of Port and Stilton! To complete your Christmas cheese hamper, just add a selection of crackers and tangy chutneys and preserves for your chosen recipient to tuck into those cheeses with.
However for a really special personalised Christmas hamper, choose a bottle of Champagne and pair it with smoked salmon, pate or deli meats – all the makings of an indulgent evening in. Or why not create the perfect Christmas party hamper with a bottle of Champagne and a selection of savoury nibbles such as crisps, salted popcorn and nuts? The slight sweetness of Champagne works wonderfully with salty foods, and who wouldn’t be impressed by unwrapping a bottle of the finest bubbly this Christmas!
Brewing up a delightful Christmas beer hamper
For those who prefer a cool bottle of beer or lager as their festive tipple, we have a great selection of craft beers and favourite brands to choose from for your Christmas hamper, and plenty of foods to match them with. With their distinctive flavour, Ales and IPAs are the perfect partner for stronger cheeses such as Cheddar, Brie and Stilton, as well as salty snacks, so you could create a fabulous beer, cheese and nibbles hamper that will be gratefully savoured.
On the other hand, lighter lagers make a great pair with spicy foods, so choose from our selection of chilli marinated and stuffed olives, artisan spiced chutneys and even spiced nuts and crisps for everything that’s required for a cosy night in front of a favourite Christmas movie. However lagers also complement sweet foods, so how about creating a wonderfully tempting Christmas hamper with biscuits, chocolates and several well-chosen bottles of lager to get the celebrations started!
Get into the Christmas spirits with a vodka, whisky or gin hamper
Whether for those Christmas cocktails, or just to enjoy neat after a sumptuous festive dinner, we offer plenty of spirits to include when you Build a Hamper and they make a great starting point for pairing flavours. The clean flavours of vodka and gin are even more delicious when enjoyed with smoked salmon or deli meats, and to create a really luxurious whisky hamper, just add treats with dark chocolate such as biscuits and handmade truffles.