The Wine Advent: 21 December: Wines by the Fire
The Wine Advent is a series of 25 posts in the run up to Christmas day where I will give you an insight into my favourite festive wines. Follow me on Twitter or Like my Facebook page to ensure you don’t miss opening up the advent!
Only four sleeps now until Christmas day is here, so what wines should you kick back and relax in front of the fire with? Let’s think about those gorgeous, seductive reds and luscious whites that just seem perfect on their own… Geyser Peak Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon (£13.99, Waitrose) springs to mind almost immediately as a full, slightly jammy and rich blackcurrant-brimming red wine.
A thoroughly classic Chardonnay wine to sip on is Macon Villages Chapelle les Loups (£11.99, Waitrose). It’s unoaked but full of tropical fruit and, after a little help from malolactic fermentation, biscuity flavours that combine to make a very enjoyable Chardonnay for that price tag. It also looks so golden in front of an open fire that it’s irresistable to the eye.
Meanwhile winemaker Tim Adams is producing just-as-irresistable red wines in the Clare Valley, Australia. One of my favourites is Tim Adams Wines Protege Shiraz (£9.00, Tesco). Full and rich like currants wrapped in chocolate. If the fire doesn’t warm you up, this wine surely will!
For crisp wines with a little more body and charm than Summer whites, Fire Flower Chenin/Pinot Grigio (£5.59, Waitrose) is worth trying. It has a very alluring bouquet, with pear and apple notes on the palette that bring all the warmth and love of mulled cider with the finesse of wine’s character. Can’t go wrong at the price, either.