On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me……..
A partridge in a pear tree:
- The Wine: La Maldita Garnacha Rioja, Spain @ £7
On the label, it’s more of a blackbird on a grape vine than partridge in a pear tree! But with 89 Points from Robert Parker, this is a red to delight your many Christmas guests. Lush strawberry and red cherry flavours make this a fresh, easy drinking Rioja.
Two turtle doves:
- The Wine: Trevini Primo Merlot Primivitio, Puglia Italy @ £8
With doves a sign of peace, Trevini Primo may be the peace keeper this Christmas. This quality blend from Puglia, Italy, is both organic and vegan friendly which should please everyone.
Three French hens:
- The Wine: Granbeau Syrah Grenache IGP @ £7
We’re heading to the south of France for this French Hen, laying down a lot quality without the high price tag. Great combination of young, smoky blackcurrant fruits of Syrah with softer plumper Grenache flavours.
Four calling birds:
- The Wine: Le Reveil Sauvignon, France @ £6.49
Every morning without fail the cockerel – a national symbol and bird of France – calls out and it cannot easily be ignored! And neither can this Le Réveil Sauvignon. Lively, refreshing and citrusy flavours will awaken your Christmas party senses.
Five gold rings:
- The Wine: Nugan Scruffy Shiraz, Australia @ £7.49
5 Gold Stars to be precise! Harpers Wine Magazine announced Nugan Scruffy’s Shiraz as its ‘Star of Australia’ along with an impressive 5 Gold Star Review. “An exceptional wine, showing distinct quality and character; it overdelivers on value for its price” stated Harper’s judging panel. Treat your own panel of judges this Christmas.
Six geese a-laying:
- The Wine: Neil McGuigan & John Torode Tempranillo, Adelaide Hills, Australia @ £10
The Irish Wine Geese is a term which describes those Irish emigrant families who became involved in wines throughout the world. The McGuigan family are one of the great success stories and they can trace their roots back to Ulster. Neil McGuigan has partnered with Celebrity Chef John Torode to produce this quality, food-friendly Tempranillo.
Seven swans a-swimming:
The Wine: Chablis Andre Goichet, Burgundy France @ £12
Swans are a symbol of purity, grace and elegance. Chablis could definitely be described as the swan of the white wine world, with its purity of flavour and natural elegance. A Christmas Classic that remains a firm favourite.
Eight maids a-milking:
The Wine: Abellio Albarino, Galicia, Spain @ £9
Galicia is one of the very few wine regions where you’re likely to find maids-a-milking! This is one of the greenest wine regions of the world, so green you could mistake this area for Scotland or Ireland! This light and refreshing Spanish white will pair beautifully with your seafood starters on Christmas Day.
Nine ladies dancing
The Wine: San Telmo Malbec, Argentina @ £6.49
Every Sunday in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires, there will be at least 9 ladies (and gents!) dancing the Tango. Join the party with this crowd pleasing juicy dark red, the perfect party red.
Ten lords a-leaping:
The Wine: Chateau Haut Bertinerie @ £12
Lord’s would be a-leaping at this spectacular Chateau in Bordeaux. With the Bertinerie Estate belonging to the same family for the last 2 centuries, the latest generation have assured Château Haut Bertinerie’s fine reputation for producing this appellation’s leading wines. Those looking for a last minute gift for the wine lover in their lives needn’t look any further.
Eleven Pipers Piping:
The Wine: Pierre Darcy’s Champagne @ £22
This Christmas, let the pipers pipe, while you pick up your own flute of bubbly. Pierre Darcys Champagne is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and a perfect start to your Christmas lunch. Or, if you’re feeling extravagant, continue pouring throughout your meal. Champagne really does go with everything!
Twelve drummers drumming:
The Wine: Sandeman Ruby Port @ £9
With your little drummers drumming this Christmas Day it’s time to sit back with a well-stocked cheese board and a glass of port – one of Christmas’ very best food and wine combinations. Or, if cheese isn’t your thing, try a glass of port with your rich chocolate dessert for another fantastic combination.