Posted on 23rd November 2018 by JN Wine
Christmas is a great time to break out the Bordeaux, and at only £15.95 from the exceptional 2015, this one tops my list for dinner parties over the festive period! Predominately Merlot, with just a splash each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine spends 12-15 months in oak barrels. Medium bodied and plush, with nice acidity and velvety tannins, this is a versatile claret which will find a home on the table with various different foods.
A white wine with the soul of a red. Marques de Murrieta Capellania proves that the Rioja region can indeed produce world class white’s as well as red. Recommended for fans of white Burgundy; flavours of pear, plum, quince and savoury oak, wrapped in a medium bodied robe. Other-worldly with hard cheese, pate and festive fish dishes!
For me Christmas is almost synonymous with red Burgundy, although more often than not a better value alternative is to be found in its Teutonic cousin ‘Spätburgunder’ that pays literal, compounded homage (‘Late Burgundian’) to its more revered relative. Tart red cherry, wild strawberry and crisp raspberry fruit arrive first on the palette from this Weingut Salwey offering and are followed by more earthy, savoury, dried herb and umami notes in a wine that combines elegance with structure. The absolute perfect accompaniment to the notoriously difficult-to-pair Christmas turkey lunch and a delight to sip by itself. Try it slightly chilled to accentuate that crunchy, bright fruit!
A classic bottle of wine that went surprisingly well with my mushroom risotto. Aside from its 100% Barbera characteristics of red cherry, plum and berry, it has a reassuring earthy quality that’s very authentically Italian. Soft, medium bodied but lively. Easy to enjoy and a great winter dinner table staple. In the run up to Christmas gatherings, this is a go-to that is bound to please the whole family.
This is a beautiful aromatic wine from the Puglia region of Italy. Notes of stone fruit throughout, with a great balance of acidity and freshness. Perfect on its own, but enhances any seafood dishes. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.