Me I don’t know about you, but my hell idea is that I have to go to the store on Christmas Eve. But be realistic. It is quite possible that relatives are already drunk at home or outside. You might suddenly have an extra burn on your seat, or you might have forgotten a last-minute gift and saved yourself a smart bottle. your blush.
It may seem like going to the supermarket is the only option (and you can pick up those sprouts at the same time), but if you really want to have fun and talk to a live human being, it’s better to spend the money. Would you like to spend 30 minutes of fun at your nearest bottle shop/winery/brewery/distillery or wherever you can support local producers? Is it
And since you’re unlikely to have time to hunt for bargains, here are some tips. Bordeaux first. Not everything is expensive, as you can see from Asda’s recommendations for today’s pick, but again, if you’re splurging on Margaux, make sure you spend your time indie. Anything from the Rhone goes well with turkey.Christmas wine is different Have got After all, being French.
Magnums always look festive, but they don’t go well with white or rosé wines. So when it comes to reds, Marks & Spencer offers a nice, mellow Lomas del Marquez Rio Jareserva 2016 (14%) for £17 in its ‘classic’ range, his very affordable £8.50 a bottle . (But don’t go to Magnum’s M&S Chateauneuf, which is pretty expensive and not that good.)
Running out of fizz? Don’t miss the cava, which is generally more valuable than prosecco and drier. You may have completely forgotten about the non-drinkers at your party, but they aren’t going to thank you for pouring elderflower cordials in mid-December, so be sure to check out the Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch (around £2.70). (widely available from 750ml).
And what about treating yourself? Do you feel guilty that the rest of your family is a little snorting? Vegan and liqueur aren’t usually words in the same sentence, but this is actually a pretty good word.
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Arrestel Cava £5.49 Lid, 11.5%. Perfect for an impromptu Boxing Day or New Year’s Day brunch.
Marques de los Zancos Rioja Blanco 2021 £5 Tesco, 12.5%. Did you tidy up the refrigerator at your offspring’s house for the holidays? Stock up on this bright clean citrusy white.
Zaper Malbec Gran Reserva 2021 £7 Morrisons, 14.5%. A crowd-pleasing, everyday Christmas red at a great price.
Asda Extra Special Chateau Lebosc Medoc 2016 13 pounds, 13.5%. Need a bottle to bring to your in-laws (especially if you’re cooking Wellington)? This smooth, plump Bordeaux should do the trick.
Belvoir Farm Festive Edition Mulled Winter Punch £2.70 Sainsbury’s. A mulled wine alternative for non-drinkers to go with mince pies on Christmas Eve.