This is a very strange Christmas to be looking forward to. Will we have any parties? Will we be able to gather? Will it be a grand roast turkey for the whole family or a budget roast chicken for two – or maybe one? Will we have any company at all as we drink the Season’s cheer?
Well, I’m being positive. We WILL meet up with family and friends. We will toast the season. And we will all proclaim, with one loud voice – here’s to 2021. May it be a better year for us all.
So, with that in mind, I’ve got some wines here that will lift our spirits, for not much money – or for a little bit more.
Tesco Finest Prosecco
There’s loads of good Prosecco out there – in fact it’s quite difficult to buy one that won’t put a smile on your face and a glint in your eye after it’s spent a couple of hours in the fridge.
This is perfect party pop, scented, fruity, not that dry, but brightly streaked with lemon zest.
There’s so much good English fizz around, you don’t have to spend this much – £25 will get you some fantastic stuff. But if you want to spoil yourself, this is seriously delicious – full, creamy, nutty, with a fleck of croissant pastry – as good as or better than any famous Champagne at the price. Available in larger branches and via waitrosecellar.com.
Tesco Finest Western Australian Chardonnay
Barta Egy Kis Furmint
Corney & Barrow
Morrisons The Best Bush Vines Cinsault
AND AN ORANGE!
Rigal Vin Orange
If you really want to walk on the wild side this Christmas – go ‘orange’. This bone dry wine tastes of ripe tamarind flesh, golden peach and apple core, scented with white late autumn hedgerow flowers and dusted with strangely delightful chewy earth. Probably a revelation with Turkey and all the trimmings.