We are four days from Christmas and you still have the food and wine to buy - help !!! too much to do and so little time, so here are four straightforward wine suggestions that can take the stress out of the wine purchasing decisions at least.
Prosecco - is a crowd pleasing fizz that gets the festivities under way, only 11.5% ABV and deliciously floral and fruity, pop a raspberry in the glass for added glamour and Rizzardi Prosecco is a touch dryer than most so works well with nibbles and shared platters.
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - its exuberant herbaceous aromas and exotic fresh palate is a perfect match for shell fish, goats cheese or smoked salmon starters. This wine style can also move effortlessly onto the turkey, goose or duck course and my choice, Insight Sauvignon Blanc, would also nestle on my wine rack for surprise visitors as it won’t break the bank.
Languedoc Red - in the form of Gerard Bertrand Domaine de Villemajou is the perfect red wine option, luscious and rich with hints of spice and dried fruits. Its tannins are ripe and very well integrated so it works well with red meats and cheese without overpowering either or being overpowered itself.
Barossa Tawny for desserts and cheese can start a conversation around the lunch table, Bethany Tawny is concentrated, nutty and complex with just a hint of sweetness. It is dry enough to be refreshing and is the perfect wine to sip in the later stages of your Christmas day meal. It can also be kept in the fridge for up to one week after opening.