Rich reds

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I’ve gone for youth again with three party reds – noth­ing too oaky or heavy, but just rich enough to take on food too. Head­ing to finer reds, there’s lit­tle to beat a de­cent bot­tle of Ri­oja at Christ­mas and I’ve got a re­mark­ably well-priced one, as well as a ver­sa­tile, de­li­cious fine Ital­ian.

Peuc­eta Prim­i­tivo 2017, Puglia, Italy casseroles or spicy red­meat dishes. Aldi, £5.99

La Ca­bane Re­serve Gre­nache-Syrah 2017, Pays d’Oc, France Great value for a ripe and rounded, smooth south­ern French blend with black pep­per in its tail. Crack open for roast pork or ham. tan­, £7.70

El Pi­a­doso Ri­oja Gran Reserva 2008, Spain

A top-notch ma­ture Ri­oja, with red­cur­rant, straw­berry and sweet vanilla oak. Snap up this of­fer as your ul­ti­mate cheese­board wine.

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