As a lover of wind here are some tips on whats hot and not with xmas lunch.
Good Champagne is delicious, but pricey. There are lots of great tasting sparkling wines on offer these days from Italian Prosecco to Spanish Cava to South African MCC (Method Cape Classic) to New world sparkling wines, some even made by Champagne producers in these foreign lands. Mainly priced between €12 and €30, there is one out there for most pockets.
My tip would be a nice Bottle of CAVA mixed with a drop of Pommegramet Juice.
A crisp, dry bottle of sparkling wine with nice citrus notes.Great as an aperitif or served with canapes such as smoked salmon.
Asda Cava Brut for under a fiver!
Percentage Alcohol: 11.5%
Suitable for Vegetarians.
If I want a drink after that but before our meal, light and bright are usually my guides. Wines that aren’t heavy, have restrained alcohol levels and deliver enough zip and zing to keep me on my toes. Wines made with Riesling are usually what I prefer, both the delicate off dry styles from Germany or the drier versions from Alsace or Australia. Be it the elegant wines from Germany, the citrusy flavours from Australia or more minerally qualities from Alsace, Riesling is the perfect aperitif wine.
In the white corner southern Burgundy (Cote de Beaume and Maconnais) or New World Chardonnay match the occasion perfectly. While in the red corner, warm climate Shiraz or Shiraz blends are ideal. So that could be wines from the Southern Rhone (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas Vacqueyras, Rasteau) or the New World home of Shiraz, Australia. Either on its own or blended (with Grenache or even the white variety Viognier), these wines have enough generous flavours to be ideal. Another alternative would be a big ripe style Merlot, from either Chile or that varieties classic home, St Emilion or Pomerol in Bordeaux.
My Good Buy tips for this xmas;
Aromas of berry, mint and chocolate drift up from the glass. These scents develop into flavours of rich berry and plum with a subtle touch of oak. Enjoy with roasted lamb or grilled lamb cutlets.
Percentage Alcohol: 14.5%
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Contains Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites.
This wine can be enjoyed now or carefully stored for up to 3 years from purchase.
Buy 3 for £15.00 at ASDA
Country of origin
Crisp, elegant and bristling with tropical fruit flavours – the perfect Chardonnay. Not heavily oaked so it’s great for drinking chilled, on its own. It’s also worth trying with fresh fish and grilled chicken salads.
Andrew Peace Wines Murray Valley Highway
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