Incredibly, Christmas is not terribly far away. It’s nearly time for all the festivities to start – the work parties and family dinners leading, of course, to the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
There’s no doubt it’s a fabulous time of year, but also a very hectic and busy one! So if by planning ahead we can take some of the strain off ourselves and relieve as much of the pressure as possible, it’s certainly advisable.
The Wine Society wants to help us do just that. They have added 50 new wines to their Christmas list, which is a great way to get a jump on holiday planning (once you’ve decided on the wines you’re going to serve, then the menu planning becomes much easier! ) Also, since the wines are already available, we are provided ample time to taste through a large selection to find the ideal wines for our various celebrations.
I attended a tasting recently where these 50 wines were on show and was very impressed by the variety of the selection and the range of pricing from extremely affordable quaffers to splash out blockbusters.
Here are some of my favourites from the Wine Society’s Christmas 2010 list:
Crémant du Luxembourg, Cuvée de l’Ecusson Brut, Bernard Massard 2007, £12. 95
Saladini Pilastri Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, 2009, Italy £6.25
Bourboulenc, Domaine de Simonet, 2009, Vin de Pays de l’Aude, France £7.50
Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2009, South Africa £8.75
Castagnolo Orvieto Classico Superiore (Barberani) 2009, Italy £9.95
Etna Bianco Fondo Filara (Nicosia) 2009, Italy £10.95
Isabel Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand £12.95
Louro Godello, 2009, Valdeorras, Spain £12.95
Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc, 2007, Gisborne, New Zealand £12.95
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand £13.50
Grosset Springvale ‘Watervale’ Riesling, 2009, Clare Valley, Australia £21
Tyrrells Vat 1 Hunter Semillon, 2002, Hunter Valley, Australia £24
Au Bon Climat, Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay 2006, Santa Ynez Valley, California £25
Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Folatières, Moret Nominé 2005, Burgundy, France £42
Château Thieuley, Bordeaux Clairet, 2009, Bordeaux, France £8.95
Château Bourjaud, Premières Côtes de Blaye, 2007, Bordeaux, France £6.25
Biferno Rosso Riserva, Camillo de Lellis, 2004, Italy £7.25
Château de Ricaud, 2005, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, France £8.50
Côte de Brouilly, 2009, Trenel, Beaujolais, France £9.50
Momo Vendemia Seleccionada, 2008, Ribera del Duero, Spain £9.50
Montpeyroux-Coteaux du Languedoc, La Pimpanela, Domaine La Jasse Castel 2008, Languedoc, France £9.75
Foresco (Barberani) 2007, Italy £9.95
Touraine Gamay, Première Vendange (Henry Marionnet) 2009, Loire Valley, France £9.95
Wirra Wirra Church Block, 2008, McLaren Vale, Australia £9.95
Fleurie, Close de la Roilette, 2008, Beaujolais £10.95
Moulin-à-Vent, Cuvée Exceptionelle, Potel Aviron 2005, Beaujolais, France £10.95
Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Cuvée Réserve, Maison Roche de Bellène, 2008, Burgundy, France £11.50
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, South Africa £18
Hofstätter Pinot Nero Riserva Mazon, 2007, Alto Adige, Italy £20
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2007, Waipara, New Zealand £22
Yalumba ‘The Menzies’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Coonawarra, Australia £25
Gevrey-Chambertin en Billard, Domaine Alain Burguet, 2005, Burgundy, France £27
Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva, 2001, Rioja, Spain £29
Bonnezeaux Château de Fesles, 2005, Loire Valley, France £29
Banyuls Sostrera, Domaine du Mas Blanc (Dr Parcé), NV, Roussillon, France £40
For more information on any of these wines or to place an order, visit The Wine Society’s website. If you’d like my impressions of an individual wine listed above, please leave a comment or send me an email. Also, let me know if you’ve tasted some of them, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Happy Christmas (wine) shopping!
There’s Always Time for Wine (especially at Christmas!).
Tara – Wine Passionista