BBC Good Food Magazine
My top 10 wines for Christmas
WINES TO DRINK AT HOME
Les Pionniers Champagne NV France, £18, Co-op (on offer from 20 October-30 November, RRP £19) Year in, year out, this is one of the best (if not the best) own-label champagnes available on the high street, and yet, it’s still an in-the-know secret. Toasty, reassuring and luxurious, you’ll find cheaper, but they won’t be as good.
Booths LBV Port 2016 Portugal, £14.50 (50cl) This LBV – or ‘late bottled vintage’ – port is made by Quinta de la Rosa, a family business in a beautiful spot right by the Douro River. It’s beautifully packaged and tastes as good as it looks.
Specially Selected Roussanne 2020 Pays d’oc, France, £6.99, Aldi Like chardonnay, roussanne is a white grape that has roundness and plumpness. This wine is unoaked, so it also has a freshness and ease about it. Think almond blossom, evening sunlight and just a slight suggestion of apricot.
Baturrica Tarragona Gran Reserva 2014, Spain, £4.99, Lidl Tarragona, a port city in north-east Spain, isn’t famous for wine, but this is such a find. A smooth red with a bit of age (in a good way), it’s built around warm, spicy oak, but there’s plummy fruit, too. Pairs beautifully with jacket potatoes and casseroles.
Atkins Farm Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2020, Australia, £9.99, Waitrose & Partners A superb shiraz from Mclaren Vale in South Australia, this is plush but also gentle, with hints of drinking chocolate, baked raspberries and plums. Aged in a mixture of old American and French oak, it’s subtly spicy, too. Top notch.