Let there be wine…
Christmas is a time for festive cheer and what better way to celebrate than over a bottle of wine with your best friends. Here are our top recommended bottles of vino for this season…
Lady A Rosé
Rosé doesn’t need to be saved for the summer – it is a great all-rounder that pairs wonderfully with seafood. Lady A is a classically pale and elegant rosé made at Château la Coste, Provence in partnership with Soho House and their Master Sommelier, Vincent Gasnier. Lady A is made from the traditional rosé blend of Grenache and Cinsault, with notes of citrus, pink grapefruit, peach and raspberry.
RRP:£14.95 for 75cl. Available from: drinkspirited.co.uk
Van Hunks MCC Sparkling Wines
A range of South African sparkling wines, made using the Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) from the viticultural paradise of Stellenbosch. Produced using the traditional method identical to Méthode Champenoise, they are bottle fermented in small batches and matured in contact with the lees for approximately 30 months.
RRP: £20 for 75cl bottle. ABV: 12%. Available from: Van Hunks Drinks and Amazon
Faustino Gran Reserva Rioja
Rioja, although not the first bottle you think of to pair with turkey, is always a crowd-pleaser. Faustino Gran Reserva is a perfect special occasion wine that is both complex and elegant, with fruity and spicy notes, as well as with pleasant notes from the barrel ageing and a long and silky finish.
Go traditional with the elegant, award-winning Classic Reserve, a perfectly balanced blend of several vintages with an abundance of fine bubbles. With aromas of green apples, creamy nougat and freshly baked brioche, this crowd-pleasing bottle of fizz is perfect paired with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on Christmas morning for a luxurious start to your day.
Blanc de Blancs 2014
Sure to impress the entire table, the Blanc de Blancs 2014 is a deliciously fruity and honeyed wine made from the finest Chardonnay grapes. Well-balanced and with sublimely refreshing acidity, this bottle is perfect for enjoying on Christmas Eve with a traditional fish feast, or alongside a cheese and charcuterie board.
Sea Change Negroamaro on Vivino
Ruby red in colour this award-winning wine is beautifully rich and fruity.
Sea Change Prosecco on Vivino
A multi-award winning Sea Change Prosecco is wonderfully refreshing and crisp.
RedHeads – The Red Sedan – Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
The Red Sedan is a luscious, 95-point Cabernet Shiraz from top South Australian vineyards. Like the iconic 1966 Ford Falcon Sedan featured on the label, this classic is a blast from the past – generous, smoky, black fruit and spiced oak.
RedHeads – Harmonie Rox – Coonawarra Chardonnay
Coonawarra may be best known for its top drawer Cabernets, but Redheads wine studio likes to buck the trend. They were out to prove it was top notch for elegant Chardie too. From grower Jack Bursten, Harmonie Rox is lemon fresh and creamy edged.
Terra Organica Pinot Grigio
The grapes for this delicately fruity white grow in the hillside vineyards around Trapani, Santa Ninfa and Alcamo in Sicily. The vineyard is managed completely organically, using composted animal manure instead of chemical fertilisers and encouraging natural insect predators instead of chemical insecticides.
The Huntsman 2019
Delicious with boxing day beef and hearty winter stews for the non-turkey eater.
Kleine Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2020,
Delicious with seafood for a lighter Christmas alternative.
Available from Waitrose and Morrisons
Graham Beck Brut NV
You’ll be in good company when you uncork a bottle of this Brut. It’s affectionately known as the ‘President’s Choice’ because it was served at both Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and Barack Obama’s presidential win. It’s made with the Méthode Cap Classique – a style identical to the traditional method used to make Champagne, using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir too. It means it’s a real steal for fizz fans who love the taste of Champagne – but not the price. Fresh but creamy. Full of limey citrus flavours – it’s got a lovely brioche richness from its second fermentation in the bottle. Fantastic with cheesy nibbles.
Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs
Wonderful aperitif wine or paired with crab or smoked salmon.
Stockists: Taste Argentina, Hoults Wine Merchants, Islington Wine
Fresh and fruity, the Vilarnau Brut Reserva has toasty and honeyed aromas. It is perfect as an aperitif or paired throughout a meal.
Available from Harvey Nichols
Handcrafted by the Casella Family in the land of sunshine, great coffee, wine and food, Pepperbox Shiraz is the perfect wine to compliment the flavours of braised meats.
With flavours of blackcurrant and cherry, this wine has a spicy aroma and silky-smooth finish. The Shiraz displays notes of ripe fruit and soft, round tannins. Naturally intense, it’s the perfect partner for festive food and the ideal choice for special occasions with friends and family this Christmas and New Year.
Pairing suggestions: Lamb shanks, slow-cooked beef and chocolate puddings
Available at Tesco
Ridgeview sparkling wine range
Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV: A fun, celebratory wine to enjoy with friends and family over the festive season. Best paired with bread based canapés or seafood.
Waitrose promo: reduced to £21.69 from 1 December until 2 January
Ridgeview Cavendish NV: A deliciously rich and round sparkling wine perfectly suited to the winter season and a wonderful accompaniment to canapés featuring duck, beetroot or light meats.
Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé
The Fitzrovia Rosé is a delicate salmon colour with an abundance of fine bubbles and a fresh fruit finish. Serve as a refreshing aperitif or it will pair beautifully with smoked salmon dishes or fresh English strawberries.
Ridgeview Rosé de Noirs
This limited-edition Rosé de Noirs is made from the saignée method by drawing colour at the initial pressing stage. Beautifully elegant rose gold colour with raspberry notes and a delicate creamy palette of peach, cherry and spice. Pair with smoked salmon canapés. The
strawberry aromas and creamy texture will sit perfectly alongside English red berries.
Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs
The Blanc de Noir is only made in the best vintages with a combination of our finest pinot grapes. A deep golden colour with rich, earthy red fruit aromas, an abundance of red berry flavours make this wine a fabulous partner for classic winter roasts or even traditional Christmas pudding! The richest, fullest style of wine we produce. A unique gift worth being the table centrepiece on Christmas Day.
The delicate spice and fuller body of this wine compliment dishes including light game, fowl, meatier fish or truffle.