I’m going to say it loud and proud - winter is my favourite season of the year.
Everything is more of an effort at this time of year; braving the elements, making the effort to put 4 layers on, looking for that umbrella you know is somewhere in that cupboard. But, the bigger the effort the bigger the reward.
After a day of facing squally conditions, what could be better than coming into the warmth and safety of home, stoking up the fire, serving up a suitable plate of food and opening a big old red? The wine I choose for these moments depends on a number of variables. My mood, what is in on the hob, what is in fridge, who is likely to pop in….but here are a few that I will be enjoying this winter.
One of the first range wines I remember enjoying when I joined the JN Team was the Finca Antigua range from La Mancha in Spain-it has been great to revisit them recently. The La Mancha area is situated west of Valencia. Due to their long hours of sunshine and excellent ripening cycle the wines are rich, rounded and wonderfully integrated into the American oak used for aging. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo head up the range.
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Staying in Spain, another wine that will be close at hand will be the Marques de Murrieta 2008 from Rioja. It has become somewhat of a winter tradition to have some of these bottles dotted around the house during the festive season. If you like warm, rich and spicy wines this is a great one.
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Here at JN Wine we are here to make things easier for everyone. If you like Full Bodied Rich Reds, give this mixed case a whirl-available in both a 6 and 12 pack.
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Lastly for anyone (hint hint) wanting to know what to buy me for Chrimbo, stay away from those perfume dispensaries and the luxury loungewear providers-buy me this instead and I’ll maybe share it with you!
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