We’re officially in the thick of the 2018 party season, and I’ve been dying to put a drinks related post live for the past few weeks.
I’ve finally sat down this Sunday morning, coffee in hand (sadly it’s not a red wine, but I’ll potentially have a Baileys Coffee tonight!), ready to write about my favourite Winter tipples. Wines, fizz, red, rose and white…. I could talk about this topic constantly.
But I’ll keep it nice and short and snappy. Here, I’m rounding up 5 of my favourite bottles for the festive season which make great party pops under a tenner. Because lets face it. We need to be saving some pennies aside this side of Christmas!
1. Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva £10.50
I recently attended a blind wine tasting event earlier this year, and completely fell in love with this Rioja. Rioja is one of those wines that people get really passionate about, but the fact that this one is just £10.50 for a high quality, extra special Reserva, blows my mind.
It’s a super smooth, easy-to-drink rich red. On top of the smooth red berry intensity, there’s a hint of spicy cinnamon to this vintage that’s perfect with meaty stew dishes, steak or rich roast lamb.
It’s a wine of Spain, perfect for sharing at dinner parties and one that works wonderfully well with tapas too!
2. Sainbury’s Taste The Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut 75cl £7.50
This is a super affordable Prosecco, one which tastes both elegant and crisp. It has notes of light fruits, along with a fine bubble mousse and delicious apricot, pear and citrus flavours. Perfect with antipasti, but I’d also say a great one to sip with your prawn/fruit starters at the Christmas dinner table.
3. Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva £12 (Currently £9 at Morissons)
I love a good bottle of fizz, and this one oozes quality. Again by Campo Viejo, it’s a fresh, well balanced sparkling wine with a lingering flavour of white fruits, that combines perfectly with Mediterranean style dishes. That being said, I’ve enjoyed a glass of this with pasta dishes and even desserts, which has also been delightful.
Made from carefully selected grapes and vinified at a controlled temperature, this sparkling wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, following the traditional method. The resulting cava is aged as a Brut Reserva for 18 months.
It’s light, not too ‘gassy’, a touch of subtle sweetness and full of flavour.
4. Domaine de Lasserre Jurançon, France 2015 (£7, 37.5cl, The Co-op)
,This french white is from Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees in south-west France. At a brilliant £7, this great-value sweet wine blend of local petit manseng and gros manseng pits tensile acidity and tangy grapefruit with richer crystallised tropical fruit for a fine stilton partner.
A great dessert wine to bring out with the cheeseboard and cheesecake!
5. Adnams Malbec El Dominio, Mendoza, Argentina 2016 (£9.99, Adnams)
I’m a huge Malbec fan, and I regularly sip Aldi’s Argnetinan version for £6 for the majority of the year. However, this one got brought to my attention! Made for the estimable East Anglian merchants Adnams by the star Argentinian winemaker Susana Balbo, this is a gorgeous example of modern malbec with a sensual, silky feel and utterly pure violet-scented cherry and plum fruit.