Crack open the reds this Christ­mas

From a crowd-pleas­ing caber­net sauvi­gnon to a vel­vety grenache blend, this case is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing. Here, Henry Jef­freys high­lights two wines from this month’s reds case

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Wine ex­pert Henry Jef­freys, along with the BBC Good Food team, tasted his way through over 100 wines to choose our Wine Club se­lec­tion. Henry writes about wine for The Guardian and The Spec­ta­tor, and on his blog, world­of­booze.word­press.com. He is also a judge in the Best Drinks Pro­ducer cat­e­gory for the BBC Food and Farm­ing Awards. His first book, Em­pire of Booze, is out now. Find Henry’s tast­ing notes, in­clud­ing food pair­ings, for all the se­lected wines at bbc­good­food.com/ wine-club.

Piteira Xisto Preto Douro 2015

The name means black schist re­fer­ring to the soil in the Douro val­ley. This is port coun­try but it is rapidly be­com­ing fa­mous for its ta­ble wines. The na­tive grapes, Touriga Na­cional, Franca, Tinta Roriz and Bar­roca, give this wine a dis­tinc­tive aro­matic note to go with the ripe dark fruit. This would be ex­cel­lent with some­thing porky like Tom Ker­ridge’s Christ­mas lunch loaf on p110.

Viñas del Vero Se­ries Lim­i­tadas Somon­tano 2014

Since the 1980s, Viñas del Vero have been mak­ing qual­ity wine in Somon­tano, an up-and­com­ing re­gion in the foothills of The Pyre­nees. This blend of Caber­net, Tem­pranillo and Syrah of­fers very ripe dark fruit – think plums and black­cur­rants – and spicy notes from oak age­ing. It would be ex­cel­lent with the roast Ir­ish lamb stuffed with apri­cot & mint on p26.

For more de­tails about Q this month’s cases, visit bbc­good­food­wineclub.com.

Christ­mas lunch loaf Roast Ir­ish lamb stuffed with apri­cot & mint

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