Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Full Bodied Reds For Bonfire Night

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It's that time of year again when we celebrate Guy Fawkes for attempting to blow up a building. Maybe in years to come we will celebrate the scumbags who rioted in London. Only time will tell.
However, regardless of what is being celebrated, the fact is that we will be stood outside on a cold dark night for an extended period of time, so obviously we need booze.

It's red wine time and we need something big and warming, so here are a few of my favourites that should keep you going.

Majestic currently do a cracking Minervois 2011 from Château Laville Bertrou. This is a big-time full bodied red and at 14.5% alcohol, it's easy to see why this one is so warming. Made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this is full of black fruit flavours with lovely peppery spice. All 3 varieties produce big reds on their own so when combined they make the perfect wine for drinking on a cold november evening! At £11.24 per bottle as part of Majestics 25% off range, this is perfect for anyone who is a wine lover and a fan of hefty reds. Pick up a bottle of Château Laville Bertrou 2011 Minervois-la-Livinière, Gérard Bertrand from Majestic.

Carmenere is a variety that is known as "merlot with balls' due to its kick of spice. The Lascar Carmenere from The Wine Society shows all that this grape has to offer and at an amazing price. at 13.5% alcohol it still carries plenty of weight and along with the supple tannins, this is a great wine for warming you up. especially god with hotdogs and mustard too, perfect for bonfire night! The Lascar Carmenere 2013 is available from The Wine Society for just £5.75.

Malbec is often the go-to grape for people who like big reds. It is full of delicious dark fruit flavours and plenty of tannin. A good malbec should have plenty in the way of tannin and because of this is often a great match for big meat dishes like steak or roast lamb. The well known Catena Malbec is an excellent wine that shows everything that Malbec has to offer. With lots of layers of flavour and a nice long finish, this is more than satisfying! You can pick up a bottle of Catena Malbec 2011 from Waitrose for £12.99.

What are you drinking this bonfire night? let us know by commenting below or on our twitter or facebook page.

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