Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Great affordable wines for Christmas



Christmas is the perfect time for opening that special bottle you’ve been saving, but it’s likely you’ll need a bit more than that to get you through the festive season. Not everyone wants to spending hundreds of pounds on wine over Christmas, so you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of good value wines under £10 a bottle available from supermarkets (and Majestic’s), perfect for all the dinner parties, family gatherings, last minute guests, and well, just enjoying yourself when you get a quiet minute between brussels sprouts and Cluedo (ha).

Festive fizz

Seems people still can't get enough of it, so it's likely you'll be tucking into the prosecco this Christmas. Sainsbury’s Conegliano Prosecco, Taste the Difference is currently yours for £7.50. It’s definitely one of the tastier supermarket proseccos out there.



Or, if you fancy your fizz a little different this year, how about Sainsbury’s Cremant de Loire, Taste the Difference. It’s currently on offer for £9.00. Cremant is an affordable alternative to champagne, and it’s still made in the same way using the traditional method.




This one is from a different area of France, but still a Cremant: Tesco Finest Cremant de Limoux Rose, £11.00 a bottle. It’s got quite a gentle fizz to it, and is really creamy in the mouth, with bags of strawberry and raspberry flavours. 








Rose wine


If you’re off to a dinner party or a party and know someone who is always on the Rose, and likes it a little sweet and very fruity, this Calvet Rose d'Anjou will be perfect. The only downside is that it might have you dreaming of summer. It’s only £5.75 a bottle, available from Tesco and Ocado



Prefer a dry rose? This light and refreshing Mirabeau Cotes de Provence Rose is £9.99 from Waitrose.










White wine


Surely you’ll be able to justify buying at least six bottles of wine for Christmas... If yes, this will set you back £8.99 for a mixed case of six, or £10.99 otherwise. The Les Jamelles Pinot Gris is an interesting one, with a great aromatic nose, a good whack of lychee and some lovely minerality.



Step away from the usual Sauvignon Blanc this Christmas and try this lovely Italian Gavi, from Tesco Finest for £8.00 a bottle. It’s light, refreshing and bright, and will be lovely alongside the turkey on Christmas Day.








Red wine


This is a wine I go back to again and again: Wirra Wirra Church Block. It’s good value, and really delicious. Ripe berries, oak, soft tannins, great length. You can currently buy it in Tesco for £11 a bottle (if you’re buying a case).




I’m also a fan of this Bouchard Pere et Fils, Fleurie, currently on offer at Waitrose for £9.36 a bottle. It’s a wine that will go well alongside your roast, or your cheese if you don’t fancy port. Really drinkable, and well-rounded.








Dessert wine


You want something that can stand up to the intensity of a Christmas pudding? Well, here it is! Elysium Black Muscat has got your back. It’s £9.99 (mix six), or £11.99 on its own from Majestic’s.






How about this award-winning bargain Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon from Aldi? It’s only £5.99 a bottle, and will be perfect alongside your cheeseboard. Have a sniff and get lost in honey and flowers. A fabulous distraction to Christmas Day chaos.

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