Wine by Pete Ste­wart

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Food And Drink - Pete Ste­wart is Glas­gow di­rec­tor of In­ver­ar­ity One to One, 185a Bath Street.­ver­ar­i­ty­mor­

On Christ­mas Day you’re al­lowed Cham­pagne al­most as soon as you get up and, when it’s gone, the rest of the bot­tles that you open should be from Bur­gundy. I’m a bit of a tra­di­tion­al­ist, but I do think the best wines in the world come from the Cote d’Or. Of course, you also need a wee sherry ... chilled for pref­er­ence, to keep you go­ing be­fore the fam­ily ar­rive for lunch. Sherry used to be very pop­u­lar in Scot­land but sadly, like many fash­ion­able things, its pop­u­lar­ity faded with those im­bibers mov­ing on to cock­tails be­fore din­ner and whisky or rum for a di­ges­tif at the end of the night. Once opened, sherry (es­pe­cially drier ex­am­ples) should be kept in the fridge and con­sumed within a few weeks.

It cer­tainly shouldn’t be left for months on end as it will fall prey to ox­i­di­s­a­tion and be ru­ined. It is unique (due to the sol­era sys­tem of age­ing the wine), and steeped in tra­di­tion, as well as be­ing for­ti­fied and ex­tremely tasty. So, pop one in the fridge for Christ­mas morn­ing.

Here are a few fes­tive bot­tles to add to your drinks cabi­net this year.

Man­zanilla La Gi­tana Hi­dalgo (Ma­jes­tic, £9.99, 50cl). This is my favourite dry sherry. Light, lean and clean with a lovely salty tang on the palate, it’s per­fect with tapas or paella.

My cur­rent white Bur­gundy of choice is the Do­maine Guil­lot-Broux Ma­con-Cruzille Les Ge­nievri­eres 2017 (In­ver­ar­ity One to One, £27.99). The fam­ily orig­i­nally hails from the Meur­sault re­gion, and this Ma­con mir­rors the style of their orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion for a frac­tion of the price. Try a bot­tle with lob­ster, an im­pres­sive cheese­board, or (of course) Christ­mas din­ner.

And for your fes­tive fizz, grab a bot­tle of Ni­co­las Feuil­latte Brut NV Cham­pagne (Ma­jes­tic, £24.99). This is a lighter, aper­i­tif style Cham­pagne, per­fect for pre­sen­topen­ing.

Christ­mas comes but once a year, and it is the best time to splash out on a spe­cial bot­tle or two, so please en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties (re­spon­si­bly) and with vigour.

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