Selecting a great wine should be a major priority for any discerning food and drink lover this Christmas, but selecting the perfect wine to pair with your perfect Christmas dinner does not have to be overwhelming.
We’ve chatted to our friend Barry Groves, the Yorkshire Wine Rascal, for his recommendations on wines.
Hand selected by him, these wines are available to order from this fabulous company that supplies wine from families, not factories, so it has the very best selection of lovingly produced wine at reasonable prices for you to enjoy.
“My selection of wines for this festive season has everything that you will require for a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year,” said the Yorkshire Wine Rasca.
“Christmas should always start with some bubbles and this year I am recommending a Cava, a Prosecco and Champagne. All are excellent wines and each feature the uniqueness of their geographical region.”
CAVA – 1+1=3 Cava Cygnus Organic Brut a Blend of Parellada, Xarel Lo, Macabeo grapes. Clean, fresh with touches of strawberry, cherry and raspberry with red fruits in the mouth and a long finish.
PROSECCO – La Farra Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut 100% Glera grape.
A fruity prosecco, with refreshing citrus notes that complement the ripe nectarine and peach flavours.
CHAMPAGNE – Thierry Triolet Brut 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
Triolet Brut is a great balance of a light champagne with fruitiness and a touch of toastiness too.
“Any of these are suitable to celebrate Christmas Day and also to help you ring in the New Year,” explained the Yorkshire Wine Rascal
The Yorkshire Wine Rascal says: “Relax with one of our carefully sourced wines. I know it is difficult to choose, but try between my New and Old world selection:”
Argentina – Terra Malbec 100% Malbec. – Hand-picked mid-April. Six months in French oak barrels followed by 6 months ageing in bottle. An intense red ruby colour with violet hues. Clean with varietal aromas of mature red fruit, spices, vanilla and coffee.
Spain – Marques de Castilla Crianza 2010 – 100% Tempranillo. Good aromatic intensity, with red fruits, toasty vanilla and sweet, soft tannins from the American oak. Round, well balanced and a sweet soft finish from the tannins.
South Africa – Aaldering – Lady M Pinotage 100% Pinotage. Initial notes of Mulberries, raspberries, Bing Cherries, cinnamon and spice on the nose. Clean, fresh and elegant with touches of plum pudding and silky tannins.
France – Chateau Croix Des Pins – Ventoux Bio rouge – Les Trois Villages – Blend: Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mouvédre 10%. Hand harvested. Aromas of dark chocolate, liquorice, evolving towards spicy and peppery notes. Palate: Soft, round tannins, berries and strawberries with notes of dried fruits and nuts. £8.58
Chile – Casa Donoso – Evolucion Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus, lime and grapefruit together with notes of freshly cut grass with an aromatic finish.
France – Francois Millet – Sancerre. The aromatics hint at smoky preserved lemons with a rosemary and sage twist. Palate is fresh and bright, with forward citrus fruits that drive the energy to the finish. It’s stylish and generous, but with some austerity to keep the fruit in check.
South Africa – Chenin Blanc – 100% Chenin Blanc. A really fruity dry wine, oozing with tropical fruits such as pineapple, combined with hints of citrus and dried apple.
Australia – Churchview – Estate Range Chardonnay – A wonderful example of the purity of a Chardonnay. The aromas are fresh and lifted, dominated by orange blossom, white peach and fresh nectarines, with a lovely citrus character. The palate is full of those white fleshy fruits, with loads of flavour. The finish is soft and fruity, with long lingering flavours.
Thanks to the Yorkshire Wine Rascal for these recommendations that really hit the mark for taste and price.
What will I be drinking? Well, from this selection, it has to be the Champagne followed by the fabulous Argentinian Malbec for me.
Merry Christmas Everyone! Remember to drink responsibly and drink quality.
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