I love this selection of all of my favourite wines and I am really looking forward to drinking all of these over the Christmas celebration period!
Let’s start with the Durello – this is the perfect aperitif and is a great alternative to Prosecco (I think it is better actually). It’s made from the Durello grape in the Veneto region of Italy. This will get me through pre-Christmas Day food preparation on Christmas Eve – I love to prepare anything I can in advance of the Big Day to make things run more smoothly and it always helps if you have a little tipple on hand to help you thr
Cave de Turckheim Crémant d’Alsace Brut [Organic] NV
This is made in the same method as champagne. It has applely, floral notes that are followed with a touch of spicy honey. It is a fresh, intense, crisp sparkling wine which is perfect as an aperitif when entertaining at Christmas.
Domaine de la Motte Chablis 2020
We love a classic Chablis at Christmas! It is full of ripe fruit, a hint of oak but still backed up with lots of minerality! We tend to enjoy this with Salmon en croute on Christmas Eve.
Domaine Roblin Sancerre Blanc ‘Terres Blanches’ 2019
Umbrele Pinot Noir
I love Pinot Noir and this is a fresh and fruity, unoaked one, packed full of red fruit aromas that follow onto the palate. A bit of a hidden gem from Romania, which does produce good wine. Pinot Noir goes well with a range of dishes, including Roast Turkey.
Pasquiers Grenache Noir
Grenache Noir is widely planted around Southern France and Spain and is often blended with other varieties. This one combines red and black fruit and sweet spice on the nose with intense berry fruit and liquorice on the palate. Would pair well with cheese.
I enjoyed the Artesa Organic Rioja last weekend with some local barbecued watercress and pork sausages. The wine is wonderfully smooth from 6 months ageing in new American oak. (As the wine is Organic, it has to be aged in either brand new oak or in oak which has previously been used for organic wines only).
This American oak (which is so typical in Rioja production), gives the wine sweet spice and cedar flavours, as well as a hint of smokiness.
The Tempranillo vines are mature and are planted on poor, stony soils, which means that the vines have to work hard to
The amazing success of Veganuary has made me think about vegan and vegetarian wines.
There's a growing movement among winemakers around the world to avoid the use of animal products in wine production. At one time egg protein used to filter wine before bottling and the use of animal-based glues in agglomerated corks was widespread but now alternatives like bentonite ( an inert clay-based product) are increasingly used for fining wines to produce the clear wines consumers expect to see..
Wine Utopia offers several vegan and vegetarian wines. The Boutinot wines from the Cotes