Christmas is a time of love, laughter and, erm, ‘a little?’ wine. We here at UTCT are a helpful bunch, so we thought we’d put together our top wine picks for the Christmas table 2016. Take a look below:
Aldi’s The Exquisite Collection Gavi – £5.49
This is actually a re-feature from last year after we were so impressed with this wine. This 2015 edition Gavi from Aldi is crisp without being overly sour. This was created from the Cortese Grape by top producer Araldica.
You won’t be disappointed by this 12.5% wine at just £5.49.
Sainsbury’s Wild Valley Fairtrade Chenin Blanc 2016 – £6
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference range have released a wild valley Fair Trade Chenin Blanc for 2016. This is classed as a dry rating of 1 which is the driest on the scale. With tropical fruits and citrus zest, this 13% Chenin Blanc is best served with Grilled Fish or Asian Dishes.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Godello 2015 Bierzo – £8
Once again, Sainsbury’s have released a stunning dry white wine. Rated at ‘1’ for dryness of the wine, the Godello Bierzo wine is from the Godello grape.
This is a 13.5% volume wine, it is described as ‘zesty with hints of Apricot’ and is best served with Fish dishes. Although we thought it also went really well with turkey and chicken, or if you’re a vegetarian, it goes nicely with a nut roast.
Asda Extra Special Viognier 2015 White Wine – £6
Asda have released a Viognier 2015 Pays D’oc dry white wine which is marked as a ‘2’ on the dry scale. This crisp floral white wine is a 13% vol wine and is described as ‘delightfully floral and fragrant’.
It is also recommended to be teamed with some delicious oriental dishes.
Bottle Bazaar Ugni Blanc Personalised White Wine – £15
This Ugni Blanc personalised White Wine from Bottle Bazaar is the perfect way to make wine personal this Christmas. Each bottle you order comes with a personalised label of your choice which makes this the perfect gift for that extra special someone in your life this Christmas. The Ugni wine is 11.5% and is fully of zesty apricot tones.
Diane De Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2010 Red Wine – £18.50
The Diane De Belgrave Haute-Médoc from Odd Bins is the ultimate luxury red wine for Christmas. Described as “Leafy, Herby & Oaked” this is the perfect mix between Merlot (48%), Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Petit Verdot (4%). We’re looking forward to finding this on our Christmas table for 2016!
Sainsbury’s Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Red Wine – £6
This Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from the Taste The Difference Range at Sainsbury’s was bottled in South Africa and is a full bodied red wine.
This is graded at “D” for ‘body’. You’ll taste intense ripe berries with this and it is best served with Lamb or slow roasting red meat.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Graciano – £6
Sainsbury’s truly have stepped up their wine game this Christmas with the Taste The Difference Graciano red wine. Smooth and mellow, this wine is filled with the taste of Blackberry and Forest Fruits. This is also rated ‘D’ for body (which means it is relatively full bodied – the scale goes from A-E) and is 13.5%.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Cepa Allegro Rioja Reserva – £7
Another one from Sainsbury’s is the Taste The Difference Cepa Allegro Reserva 2010. This is a grade ‘D’ bodied wine and is 13%.
Described on the bottle as ‘smooth and mellow’, this is described as ‘the perfect wine to drink with meats and cheese’. We’re sold!
Asda ‘Extra Special’ Cótes Du Rhone Villages – £6
This is a grade C, Medium Bodied, 14% vol, red wine. Made to compliment Chicken and Beef, this has a delicate blend of ripe berries and peppery flavours. The Asda Extra Special Cotes Du Rhone Villages red wine is described on the bottle as ‘smooth and mellow’ this would make the ideal addition to any table this Christmas.
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